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My Furry Valentine goes virtual to help hundreds of strays

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Posted at 3:44 PM, Feb 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-06 15:54:12-05

CINCINNATI — My Furry Valentine is going virtual this year. The massive adopt-a-pet event is in need of your help as the pandemic has caused a surge in pets left as strays.

Normally about 10,000 people line up at the Sharonville Convention Center throughout the weekend to adopt a pet. That can’t happen this year due to the pandemic, and organizers said they’re going to need more help than usual.

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If you are interested in adopting Cheese Coney, email foster.adoption@cincinnatianimalcare.org to set up a meet-and-greet.

Those in charge of My Furry Valentine said an increase in evictions and unemployment has played a role in the increasing number of stray pets, especially stray dogs. Ray Anderson from My Furry Valentine said animal fostering is still a helpful option for those who are not in the position to adopt.

“We always say if you can’t adopt, foster. And that's providing a temporary home for a dog or cat, or rabbit. We have a rabbit here right now that can be fostered,” Anderson said. “But it's all about just getting the animals out of the shelter and into a home that tells us so much more about their personality and makes them much better candidates to get adopted.”

Hundreds of pets are available to adopt or foster. Those who are interested should go to MyFurryValentine.com to browse pets and make an appointment for a meet-and-greet. The virtual event starts Saturday and will run through Valentine’s Day.