Sheila McLaughlin reports:
For the third year, about 50 animal rescues and shelters from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky come together under one roof Feb. 15 and 16 in West Chester for the largest pet adoption event in the region.
It’s called My Furry Valentine and this year’s goal is to find homes for 550 dogs, cats and other small animals such as ferrets, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils.
The free event, which drew 4,200 people last year to the flexiUSA Inc. Distribution Center, is aimed at reducing the more than 33,000 animals that are euthanized in Greater Cincinnati each year, said creator Carolyn Evans. The past two events found homes for 508 pets.
“It’s (for) the people that are sort of like the undecided voters, the people that would adopt if they knew some of the results of not adopting,” Evans said.
“People just don’t know how to connect with these rescue groups. And then the shelters don’t always have hours that are convenient to working people and families with kids on weekends. It’s that kind of thing that makes it difficult for people to adopt. So we’re trying to make it easier by trying to remove all those barriers.”