A Furry Love For All 10

Local Organization Seeks Companionship 
For Homeless Animals

Roses are red, violets are blue, and homeless animals need love too. As you plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, one local organization wants you to consider sharing love with a new furry friend.

My Furry Valentine is a Cincinnati non-profit organization that hosts an annual mega adoption event each February with the goal of uniting potential pet owners with adoptable companions. The event was founded in 2012 by Carolyn Evans, owner of PhoDOGrapher Pet Photography and animal rescue hero.

“For several years, I had offered my professional services to groups to photograph animals on death row, knowing the power of a compelling photograph could significantly help their chances of getting the attention of a potential adopter,” Evans reflects.

Through her photography business, Evans connected with many local organizations, and began to organize smaller adoption events. Eventually, My Furry Valentine was born.

My Furry Valentine offers the region’s largest annual pet adoption event. In the five years since its inception, the event has united nearly 3,000 pet owners with new furry friends. The organization, staffed solely by volunteers, focuses on educating the public about pet adoption and informing those in the Cincinnati area that their first stop for a companion animal should be local shelters and rescue groups. My Furry Valentine provides the venue to make that happen.

“We welcome all of our local shelters and rescues to participate, bringing a total of around 800 animals throughout the weekend and thousands more are available at dozens of additional adoption locations throughout the region,” Evans explains.

My Furry Valentine, which ranks among the largest adoption events in the country and has national sponsors such as The Petco Foundation, serves as an umbrella organization for the animal welfare community. In 2016, adopters came from as far away as Minnesota, Virginia, Tennessee, Washington, D.C. and Canada to help achieve a record-breaking 813 adoptions for the two-day event.

The mega event creates a one-stop shop for pet lovers and potential owners across the Cincinnati area. Whether you’re searching for a cat, dog, kitten or puppy, you can find the perfect fit for your family at My Furry Valentine.

“We are offering a way to meet tons of adoptable animals without having to run all over town,” Evans explains. “In the past, we’ve had ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and parrots. It all depends on what animals show up at shelters in need prior to the event.”

Even if you can’t welcome a pet into your home, there are other ways to get involved and support the mission of My Furry Valentine. Leading up to the big event weekend, the organization accepts monetary donations and everyone is encouraged to spread the word about the event. In addition, volunteers are still needed to assist at the event.

“While we can celebrate that U.S. animal euthanasia rates are on the decline, there are still three to four million animals euthanized in our country each year. Shelter euthanasia is the leading cause of death for healthy dogs and cats,” Evans says. “Mega adoption events are a way to help that number continue to decline. Think adoption first.”