These Adoptable My Furry Valentine ‘Spotlight Animals’ are in Need of a Little Extra Love

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Greater Cincinnati's 10th-annual My Furry Valentine adoption event returns Feb. 6-14, and in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, this year it's shifting to a virtual platform.

The event is utilizing Adopets, an online platform that allows adopters to view adoptable animals, schedule times to meet potential pets, process payments, and complete applications and contracts.

My Furry Valentine, which usually takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center, finds homes for hundreds of animals annually, and this year, some shelters are expecting even greater numbers due to the recent pandemic adoption boom.

Katie Mosure, the event manager for My Furry Valentine, says that people spending more time at home and in isolation from friends family likely explains why some shelters might be experiencing more adoptions.

“With social distancing and limited face-to-face activities taking place, people are looking for new ways to form connections, and furry friends are a great source of companionship,” Mosure says. 

“COVID-19, as well as other 2020 world events, have put a lot of stress on our communities,” she continues. “Pets are natural de-stressers and can help lift spirits, so people are tapping into this source of joy during this taxing time.”

Organizations like The Humane Society, The Pedigree Foundation, and Best Friends Animal Society strongly recommend that those thinking about adding a pet to the family pursue adoption. 

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, one of the largest humane societies in the world, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year in the U.S. 

“It doesn’t have to be that way,” Mosure says. “An estimated 17 million people will add a new pet to their families this year. If more of them would choose to adopt a pet instead of buying one from a pet store, breeder or online, we could end shelter euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals.” 

“Not to mention your life will be enriched, a pet can bring companionship and great joy to your life!” she continues.

While a lot of people are adopting puppies and kittens to keep them company during these Indoor Times, not all centers have experienced this boom in adoption.

One of the agencies participating in MFV says that it relies on adoption events to find homes for dogs that are older and have special medical needs, and a lot of these events have been canceled due to the pandemic.

“It’s been very slow this past year,” Shell Young, director of Liberty Acres United Rescue Animal Sanctuary, tells CityBeat. “The last event we were able to attend was actually My Furry Valentine last year, and we got eight dogs adopted that weekend, which is big for us.”

Young is hopeful that this year’s My Furry Valentine event will end with some of the sanctuary’s older dogs finding loving homes.

“Older dogs are great for people who have some dog experience and they just want a companion,” Young says. “To an older dog, you’re the center of their universe and they’re more than happy to just nap and wait on you.”

While some of the sweet senior dogs from Liberty Acres will be available for adoption, the event will also feature dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small mammals from 14 other local rescue and adoption centers. 

During the event, all dog adoption fees are $25 off, and cat adoption fees are as low as $10.  

The virtual event will go live on Saturday, Feb. 6, with a look at available pets. 

This slideshow highlights the event's spotlight animals that are in need of a little extra love — seniors, bonded pairs, pets with medical or temperamental issues,  or simply ordinary-looking pets that are overlooked.

For more information, visit myfurryvalentine.com.

*All write-ups courtesy of My Furry Valentine.