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Love at First Sight

Open your heart for Valentine’s Day.

February 9, 2012
Debra Lordan - Editor/General Manager , The Maui Weekly

Her eyes met his from across the crowded room. She is anxious, even though it's been a long time since that bad breakup left a hole in her heart the size of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

But this new love interest--he comes ever closer. Her heart pounds at his first tentative touch, his breath, hot and steamy as he lingers near. When he slathers her face with a sloppy lick, she knows. It's true love at last--tail waggin' puppy love.

But if you've been trying to find love in all the wrong places, attend the Maui Humane Society's (MHS) Doggie Speed-Dating adoption event on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dog speed-dating is the latest trend in matching singles and families with lovable dogs seeking lifelong commitments.

During the Valentine's matchmaking event, the public is invited to come join the fun and meet the island's most eligible canine bachelors and bachelorettes. No more personal ads, blind dates and heartbreaks--just casual camaraderie in a judgment-free environment.

But this happy event underscores a serious problem on Maui and all across the country--too many dogs and not enough owners. According to humane, sad statistics reveal that three to four millions dogs and cats are euthanized in the U.S. each year.

Although animal experts believe spaying and neutering play the biggest role in saving lives, animal activists everywhere are fighting to combat this problem through a variety of methods, including dog speed-dating.

This is how it works: MHS chaperones will lead shelter dogs out of their kennels on-leash for prospective adopters to meet each one, up-close and personal, to determine the level of "canine chemistry." Adopters will then have three minutes to visit each dog.

Dogs of every shape, size, age and color, each with their own unique doggie personality, will be anxiously waiting to meet their match, leave their temporary digs at the shelter, and be adopted into a loving home. (MHS offers a 50 percent discount on adoption fees resulting from the speed-dating event.)

For event details, visit MHS on Mokulele Highway in Pu'unene (look for the big red dog), visit or call 877-3680, ext. 23.

If you believe in love at first sight, this just might be the beginning of a beautiful lifelong relationship. Have a heart and save a life this Valentine's Day by bringing a wonderful new companion into your life for years of unconditional love.




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