PHILADELPHIA Damien, a jet-black pit bull whose paws and tail are tipped in white, knows just one trick. But it came in handy Saturday at the "With Love: Soul Mate Skate" at Penn's Landing.
"If you're like, 'Come here,' " Lindsay Sharpless said, holding her hand to her mouth and pinching her fingers like pursed lips, "he gives you kisses.
"We're working on sit," the Chester County SPCA volunteer added, as Damien layered her face with licks.
Making love matches was the goal Saturday.
But Samantha Jones, president of Citizens for a No-Kill Philadelphia, the event's organizer, said the wider hope was to continue breaking down the stigma surrounding shelter pets in a city where animal controllers euthanized a third of the animals they took in last year.