Pet adoption event breaks attendance records, finds homes for hundreds of animals
Paige Moore, left, and Wesley Larson of Batavia, Ohio, adopted Vadar from Ohio Alleycat Resource (OAR).
CINCINNATI – A record-breaking 13,500 people attended the 2016 My Furry Valentine pet adoption event here recently. About 630 pets found homes over two days, according organizers.
And there’s more good news. Hundreds of adoption applications still are pending and pet lovers adopted more than 50 animals before the event began, because of pre-event promotions, according to spokesperson Elysa Hamlin.
In its fifth year, the event held this year at the Sharonville Convention Center represents the Tri-State’s largest annual animal adoption event.
Despite snowy weather conditions, the event saw a 35% increase in attendance.
The event has found homes for more than 2,600 pets over the past five years. My Furry Valentine brings together animal rescues and shelters from throughout the region to showcase adoptable pets to potential owners at one location on the Valentine’s Day weekend.
Isaac, left, and Wes of Harrison adopted Jamaica from Homeless Animal Rescue (HART).
The event also aims to encourage community members who are looking for a pet any time throughout the year to think adoption first.
“Many people would be surprised to learn just how many great family pets they see in their neighborhoods that are actually rescue animals, including purebreds,” said Carolyn Evans, founder of My Furry Valentine.
“Our goal is to dispel common myths about shelter animals and educate people about the many resources where they can adopt,” Ms. Evans explained.
“Saving an animal by choosing adoption is easy,” she said. “There are so many great local animal shelters and rescue groups that are open and hosting adoption events every weekend. There are always thousands of wonderful animals looking for a great homes.
Mariemont High School students Emma Worple, left, Riley Hayes and Amanda Lewis volunteered at the event.
Mya, left, and McKenna Roeske of Wyoming, Ohio, adopted their puppy, Jenny, from Stray Animal Adoption Program (SAAP).
Shellie Webb of Chesapeake, Ohio, adopted Dory from Louie’s Legacy.
Audrey, left, and Sloane Green of Dayton adopted Cosmo from Barely Used Pets.