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February 28, 2014

Tristate event results in amazing animal adoptions

This winter has been harsh on both people and animals, especially domestic dogs and cats that had to endure bitter outside temperatures. Like many rural animal shelters, the one in Franklin County is usually operating at full capacity, meaning some dogs are housed outside, even in the coldest months.

But this Valentine’s Day weekend some very lucky Franklin County pets got adopted to new forever homes, thanks to a huge adoption event Feb. 15-16 in Cincinnati called My Furry Valentine (www.MyFurryValentine.com), reports Ruth Hughes, Franklin County Humane Society board member.

She notes, “A lot of work went on behind the scenes to get these stray animals vetted with health records and cleaned up for their big day.”

Three separate area groups – FCHS, Paw Defenders and local shelter volunteers – combined efforts to transport animals, resulting in two cats and seven dogs getting adopted. The 5 inches of snow that fell the night before made for some tense moments on the road for all involved.

“Two of these My Furry Valentine adoptions were miracles,” she believes. “Most families are looking for bouncy, beautiful animals. But what if an animal is old, crippled or blind? What are their chances to be adopted? What made this year so special is that two of the dogs adopted from Franklin County were such dogs – one senior dog and one blind dog. Everyone involved was thrilled that these dogs were not among those returned to the shelter.”

According to her, “For the third year in a row, some awesome sponsors have worked together to create the Tristate area’s largest adoption fair. Dozens of rescue groups from Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana gathered at the Flexi Leash Co.’s warehouse facilities for two days of hosting thousands of people who come to look at a great assortment of domestic pets,” not just traditional dogs and cats, but also many smaller critters, such as rabbits, ferrets and, yes, even tame rats.

Other major sponsors are the Iams pet food company and phoDOGrapher, a Cincinnati professional pet photographer. “People who adopt pets at this event are given many gifts, including food, toys, new collars and leashes and, of course, photos of the newest members of their families,” Hughes says.

Persons wanting to volunteer to help FCHS may call 765-647-1444 and leave a message.

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