At Found Animals, we passionately subscribe to the motto “Love me; love my pet,“and we know we’re in good company. Two-thirds of households in the US have pets – twice the number with kids under the age of 18. So although it can seem difficult to find someone who is right for both you and your pet, the numbers prove other pet lovers are out there. Here are 5 tips to help you find them, score a hot date and make sure everyone has a good time!
1. Be Transparent
Include your pet in one of your profile pictures and include activities with your pet among your hobbies. Disclosing from the start that you have a furry friend in your life sets realistic expectations for your time. It’s also a benefit to how you’re perceived, as pet lovers are thought more caring and responsible.
2. Be Realistic
Make it clear you have a pet and ask your potential date’s feelings on the subject. If you learn they are allergic to cats or have always hated dogs, chances are the relationship will not pan out. Pass on those who don’t share your enthusiasm for pets – there are plenty of potential partners who will.
3. Be Patient
When you have established that a potential date shares your love of animals and is accepting of your pet, set up a meet and greet. With a dog, the best way to do this would be at a park or other neutral location (especially if your date also has a dog you want to meet). Keep your energy calm and easy, and let the meeting happen naturally at the dog’s pace.
If you have a cat, the introduction will most likely happen at your home. Make sure the noise and energy level stays quiet and calm, and let the cat set the pace of the meeting. If you have a shy cat (or any shy pet) that hides, do not force an introduction. Always let them make friends when they’re ready.
4. Be Considerate
Even if your date is an animal lover, he or she has not had time to get to love your animal. If you invite your date to your home, make sure it is free of pet hair, and litter boxes are clean and odorless. Before your date arrives, give your dog a long walk or a vigorous play session so that he doesn’t take his exuberance out on your date. And since not everyone feels the same about pets on the furniture, pets in the bedroom, etc., find out where your views align. As in all areas of good relationships, communication and compromise are key.
5. Be Proactive
Your pet is a part of your life, and you are looking to make a match with other pet lovers. Give yourself the best chance of success by putting yourself in environments where you can meet like-minded people. Going to the dog park or volunteering with a pet organization are both great ways to meet other pet parents in a low-pressure setting. You can also sign up with one of the numerous dating sites specifically geared towards pet lovers.
Finding that special someone to share your life with is one of the most important choices you can make. Take your time and do it right to ensure lasting happiness for you, your partner and your pet.