Find a Furry Friend at the My Furry Valentine Animal Adoption Event
Photo by Becca Worple
PhoDOGrapher’s 7th annual My Furry Valentine (MFV), the area’s largest animal adoption event, is a fun place to find your next four-legged family member. Sponsored by the Petco Foundation, MFV will bring together hundreds of adoptable pets to the Sharonville Convention Center February 10 and 11.
“The event aims to find homes for the area’s rescue and shelter animals,” says Carolyn Evans, founder of My Furry Valentine. “All dogs and cats will be spayed or neutered, microchipped and have all age-appropriate vaccinations.”
Adopter swag bags, raffle prizes, vendor booths and free kid’s activities are all part of the family-friendly festivities. The fun event has a serious side as well, however.
“We are in a unique position to help the Greater Cincinnati area make strides toward joining other forward-thinking regions around the country in becoming a No Kill community,” Evans says.
Every day, an average of 9,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the United States. Because many Americans still get their pets from places other than rescues and shelters, an estimated 3 to 4 million animals die unnecessarily every year. According to the Humane Society of the United States, if just one out of five people getting a new cat or dog were to adopt from a rescue or shelter, not a single healthy animal would lose its life.
“Our event is the single most successful adoption venue for most of our participating rescue and shelter groups,” Evans says.
My Furry Valentine attracted more than 14,000 visitors last year and facilitated more than 850 animal adoptions. Over the last six years, 3,748 animals have been adopted and MFV has hosted more than 70 different shelters and rescue groups and their thousands of animals.
Due to success and growth, MFV will host several off-site adoption events along with the main event in February. In addition, a second event will be added for the first time this summer.
“By holding our event bi-annually, we will increase adoptions and keep adoption in the forefront of people’s minds year-round,” Evans says.
As a nonprofit organization, My Furry Valentine depends on the support and generosity of event sponsors, vendors, donors and the assistance of more than 250 event-day volunteers.
“We aim to change mindsets in our community to think adoption first when looking for a new furry family member.”
For more information, visit www.myfurryvalentine.com.