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'Pet Dating' Is A Thing Because This Is Real Life Now

After recently picking up two slabs of cat food (yes, SLABS, for one cat), a big pink sign caught my eye.

Pet Dating.

As a single lady, I thought “why yes, you have my attention”.

Blind dating, speed dating, online dating… this was clearly the next frontier.

Disappointingly, I soon learned that the event, to be held nationally on Saturday, February 11, wasn’t about setting up Fido and Mittens, or even setting up the owners of Fido and Mittens. It was, however, a cute way to encourage people to meet a potential pet.

Because Valentine’s Day.   

“We would encourage all pet lovers to come in-store as they may be able to find their perfect match this Valentine’s Day,” David Hutchinson, Chief Customer Officer of Petbarn said.

So, what happens at Pet Dating?


Depending on what type of pets are up for adoption, people can meet between four and six pets including cats, dogs, rabbits and guinea pigs and, if they both right-swipe, they’ll be able to go through the adoption process then and there.

The thing is, 100 per cent of the adoption fee set by the local charity is returned to the charity. All cats and dogs are de-sexed, vaccinated and micro-chipped beforehand.

The store works in partnership with a string of local animal welfare groups such as the RSCPA, Animal Welfare League, Australian Working Dog Rescue, the Cat Haven in WA and Furry Friends Animal Rescue QLD.

Last year more than 345 pets found their perfect match by Pet Dating.

You can find out if your local Petbarn is participating here.

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