Canine charities are using a computer dating system to help match dogs with potential new homes

A system used for computer dating is helping to match rescue dogs with new owners.

The system, developed by Minerva Computer Solutions is already in use with the Battersea Dogs Home and the idea is now being taken up the National Canine Defence League.

The system has all the registration and re-homing information in asingle database. Microchips log all the dog’s details on the central computer system.

Sue Oak, IT manager at Battersea Dogs Home, said: “This professional tool enables staff to identify and select a small number of the most suitable dogs based on the owner’s lifestyle and home environment, as well as the dog’s behavioural assessment.

“The system been a huge success and has made the process of rehoming a rescue dog simpler and more satisfying for all concerned.”

Spokeswoman for the NCDL, Deana Selby, said the system was a more effective and efficient way of doing the administration.

“We have an elaborate process of matching people with dogs already, but the program should speed things up and leave the staff more time to care for the dogs.”

The system, which has already been in operation in three of the League centres, should be in place in all of its centres by the end of February next year.