A record 13,500 people attended My Furry Valentine, the region’s largest animal adoption event.
Despite snowy weather, the fifth annual gathering saw a 35 percent increase in attendance over last year.
Over two days, 630 animals found homes with hundreds of adoption applications still pending. More than 50 additional animals found homes prior beforehand because of increased awareness generated by promotion of My Furry Valentine.
The mega-adoption event brings together animal rescues and shelters from across the region to showcase adoptable pets to potential owners.
“Many people would be surprised to learn just how many great family pets they see in their neighborhoods that are actually rescue animals, including purebreds,” said Carolyn Evans, founder of My Furry Valentine. “There are always thousands of wonderful animals looking for great homes.”