My Furry Valentine finds new homes for pets

Hundreds of pets will be available for adoption Feb. 13-14 as part of My Furry Valentine, when attendees can take home dogs, cats and other small pets from more than 40 Greater Cincinnati area rescue and shelter groups. Last year, 729 animals were adopted at the annual event.

Carolyn Evans, founder and local pet photographer, launched My Furry Valentine five years ago after putting together smaller adoption gatherings for shelters and adoption agencies.

“A mega-adoption event is definitely a need in Cincinnati,” Evans says. “We’re really just trying to reduce the number of euthanasias in the city and find loving homes for these animals.”

Although the event is geared toward adopting out as many animals as possible, there are other things people can do if they attend. If people aren't interested in adopting but love animals, they can donate their time or money to help support local agencies and shelters. People can also donate much-needed shelter items like food, towels, bleach, paper towels, litter and leashes.

My Furry Valentine will give eventgoers a wide variety of pets to choose from that fits their personality and lifestyle. Some available animals are already listed on the event’s website.

“My Furry Valentine has really become a community-wide collaboration of so many different people who are celebrating these animals,” Evans says. “It’s great because it’s during a weekend that focuses on love, and it brings out the best in people--It gives them an opportunity to do something meaningful.”

Do Good:

Register to attend My Furry Valentine Feb. 13-14 at the Sharonville Convention Center.

Take a look at the event’s featured pets.

• Make a donation to help support local shelter and adoption programs.
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