CAMBRIDGE The Dorchester Humane Society is launching a Valentine's Day program "Meet Your Match," designed to help prospective pet adopters find the type of pet that suits them long-term.

Specifically, dogs up for adoption at the shelter are being classified according to their personality types.

People looking for pups fill out a form explaining what kind of animal they seek. Then people are steered toward animals that meet their criteria, through color-coded signs displayed on each dog's kennel.

According to Suzette Stitely, executive director of the society, even though the adoption return rate is very low, the DHS program hopes to reduce it to zero. She explained that cats can be personality-typed as well, but DHS will start the program with dogs.

The "Meet Your Match" program will continue indefinitely.

To participate in "Meet Your Match," visit the Dorchester Humane Society Tuesday to Friday 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and evenings by appointment.

For more information, visit or call 410-228-3090.

That means that while Valentine's Day love fests will likely result in even better matches and fewer broken hearts, the rest of the year is looking better for love, as well.


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