Animal lovers can now find the pet of their dreams after a sheriff’s office in Florida launched a spoof dating site for cats and dogs called “Tender.”
The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office announced the tongue-in-cheek site on its Facebook page earlier this week, as a method of matching up adoptable pets with their forever homes.
Sheriff Wayne Ivey, with the help of the department’s police dog K-9 Junny, came up with the idea. The announcement for the site said, “You will only want to swipe right when you see these adoptable cuties.”
Each week a “homeless” dog or cat at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center will be put in the spotlight for potential families to “swipe right” on.
Explaining more about Tender, the Facebook post said: “America’s Top Police Dog, K-9 Junny is launching his brand new dating site…Tender!! No, not that app, as this site is actually designed to find ‘furever homes’ ‘ for Junny’s homeless friends at the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Animal Care Center.
“‘Junny’s Tender Site’ is designed to find tender, loving, and caring homes for the dogs and cats in our Animal Care Center that have been with our team for an extended period of time!!, the announcement continued. “Knowing that having a ‘furever home’ is what every pet deserves, Junny decided he would launch ‘Junny’s Tender Site,’ so that he could post a new profile pic of one of his friends each and every Saturday, that will almost guarantee a perfect match for a new pet and owner!!
“While it may not be an actual app on your smartphone, this new weekly posting on our agency Facebook Pages is going to be profile pics of some beautiful dogs and cats that I promise will only make you ‘swipe right!!’
“The weekly post will tell you all you need to know about the pet that is waiting on you to rescue them, and take them to their brand new family and home!!
“Information like… ‘loves long walks on the beach,’ ‘plays well with others,’ and ‘I will take all the love you can give me,’ will tell you everything you need to know to rush down to the Animal Care Center and find your ‘furever date!!'”
Adoptions don’t cost a cent, and come with a free spay or neuter, microchip and pet licensing, as well as “many other benefits.”
When someone sees a pet they think might be a match, Ivey said all they need to do is head over to the Animal Care Center located at 5100 West Eau Gallie Boulevard in Melbourne, Florida.
The very first dog being featured is an 8-year-old mixed breed, named Yeti, who is said to have “the happiest personality.”
He loves playing with toys, other dogs and going on walks, with his ad saying: “I will take all the love you have to give.”
But if you can’t wait for the weekly star, Ivey said all of the adoptable animals can be seen online, adding: “You can also download our free smartphone app that allows you to view all of the pets, as well as many other crime prevention tools!!”
Thousands liked the post as they praised the new Tender initiative, with user Joyce Williams commenting on Facebook: “That is so nice all animals deserve a for ever home. Thank you!”
User Kevin Cohen commented: “What a great idea to reach the community.”
Commenter G. Shannon Simpson wrote: “How fabulous… praying for tons of success for the unloved, unwanted and all voiceless beings.”
While Kimberly Michelle added: “I want all the animals!! This is such an amazing opportunity for these wonderful animals to find their furever homes!”
The chart below, provided by Statista, shows where animals are most likely to end up in shelters in the US
According to Shelter Animals Count, using figures from 2019, 2020 and 2021, they revealed: “Overall intakes in 2021 were higher than 2020 but still lower than 2019.”
More cats were counted than dogs, with a total of 1,065,532 cats recorded at shelters and rescues in 2021, defined as “stray, relinquished by owner, owner intended euthanasia, transfers in, other intakes (born in care, etc.).” That’s compared to 972,815 dogs.
The information shows the majority of feline intakes were kittens, while most dogs were adults.
In 2021, some 1,195,590 were adopted from shelters and rescues, which breaks down to 684,144 cats and 511,446 dogs.
Newsweek reached out to Brevard County Sheriff’s Office for comment.