We would like to personally invite you to attend the 2nd Annual My Furry Valentine. We’re thrilled that in such a short time, My Furry Valentine has grown to become Greater Cincinnati’s Largest Animal Adoption Event and has led the way for February 9-10, 2013, to be officially proclaimed “Pet Adoption Weekend in the City of Cincinnati” by the Honorable Mayor Mark Mallory. We hope that you and your family will attend this family-friendly, free, pet adoption event.
In December, 2011, longtime friends Carolyn Evans of phoDOGrapher and Ulrich Wuebker of flexi USA, shook hands and agreed to do something together that would give back to the homeless animals of Greater Cincinnati. Just before the holidays, Carolyn approached Ulrich with the idea of hosting an adoption event in Cincinnati. Knowing the struggles of local rescue groups and shelters to continually find ways, resources and venues to showcase their adoptable animals, she knew they could benefit greatly from having someone else taking on the task of organizing an event, allowing them to focus on doing what they do best – rescue animals and find them loving homes.
With the agreement of financial support from Ulrich and Carolyn’s project management, My Furry Valentine was born. Six weeks later, we opened our doors to 350 animals and 1,700 visitors, with 266 animals finding their new homes as a result of the event!
This year, you’ll see that My Furry Valentine has grown. We’ve doubled the space of the event, making participation available to even more groups and animals. And many generous sponsors have stepped forward to help support our efforts and enhance the overall experience for our participants and visitors. Our skeletal team has grown to a solid core group of volunteers that have helped pave the way for an even bigger and better event, and a volunteer corps more than 100-strong to help things run as smoothly as possible at the Main Event. Please take part in the many activities the event has to offer. Thank our volunteers and sponsors. Meet the participating groups and their animals. Find a way to make a difference for the homeless animals in our community.
If you are here to adopt, we thank you! We’ve rolled out the Red Carpet and are eagerly awaiting your arrival to commemorate the day with your very first family photo of you and your new furry valentine.
But even if you cannot adopt today, know that there are still so many ways that you can make a difference in the lives of homeless animals. If you can’t adopt, then consider fostering. If you can’t foster, find a group and volunteer. If you can’t volunteer, then please remember that all the rescues are volunteer-run and our shelters run on shoe-string budgets. They can always use your financial support to help them continue their important work.
Mark your calendars, because we are already planning ahead for My Furry Valentine 2014! February 15-16th will be our 3rd annual event and we have committed, as we will in for all future events, to hosting a well-publicized, well-attended Super Adoption community event, where all rescues, shelters and the public are welcome to participate free of charge.
We hope you enjoy your time with us today and we look forward to some record-breaking adoption numbers this weekend!
Event Host, flexi USA
Event Host, phoDOGrapher & Event Chair