February 05, 2021

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

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.
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Oliver
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Oliver is a 2 year old Great Dane Mix looking for his next workout partner. He has an adventurous spirit who needs someone who will be dedicated to his physical and mental needs. He LOVES to play fetch and could play all day with a ball. Oliver can be picky with other canine friends so we recommend a meet and greet with any future fur siblings. He is a smart boy who loves to please his people and is very treat motivated. He already know sit, down, and shake so he can’t wait to learn even more. Oliver will pull on a leash, so he needs an owner who will teach him some leash manners with some positive reinforcement. Schedule an appointment to come meet and fall in love with Oliver!"

Oliver

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Oliver is a 2 year old Great Dane Mix looking for his next workout partner. He has an adventurous spirit who needs someone who will be dedicated to his physical and mental needs. He LOVES to play fetch and could play all day with a ball. Oliver can be picky with other canine friends so we recommend a meet and greet with any future fur siblings. He is a smart boy who loves to please his people and is very treat motivated. He already know sit, down, and shake so he can’t wait to learn even more. Oliver will pull on a leash, so he needs an owner who will teach him some leash manners with some positive reinforcement. Schedule an appointment to come meet and fall in love with Oliver!"
Achilles
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Hi everyone my name is Achilles! I am a 3 year old Pitbull looking for my furever home! I am a big boy with a big heart who is looking to share my love with the right family! I love to play in the doggie play yard with my favorite people and toys. I like to go walking, but be aware I like to pull. I LOVE treats to snack on while I get plenty of pets. I don’t prefer feline friends! I must meet any future canine siblings before going home to make sure we like to play together. Due to my energy levels I can’t go home with children 10 years old and younger so I don’t knock them over with all my kisses. Could I be your furry Valentine?"

Achilles

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Hi everyone my name is Achilles! I am a 3 year old Pitbull looking for my furever home! I am a big boy with a big heart who is looking to share my love with the right family! I love to play in the doggie play yard with my favorite people and toys. I like to go walking, but be aware I like to pull. I LOVE treats to snack on while I get plenty of pets. I don’t prefer feline friends! I must meet any future canine siblings before going home to make sure we like to play together. Due to my energy levels I can’t go home with children 10 years old and younger so I don’t knock them over with all my kisses. Could I be your furry Valentine?"
Angel
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Hi everyone my name is Angel! I am a sweet 1 and a half year old pit bull mix looking for my own Valentine! I would love a home where I can go on long walks and hikes with you! At the end of the day I would love to snuggle up on the couch and watch some Netflix with my person. I am a very smart girl who also loves to learn new tricks and is treat motivated. I came to the shelter in not the best condition, but with lots of love from staff, volunteers, and yummy food I have gotten better! Can’t wait to be your forever Valentine!"

Angel

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Hi everyone my name is Angel! I am a sweet 1 and a half year old pit bull mix looking for my own Valentine! I would love a home where I can go on long walks and hikes with you! At the end of the day I would love to snuggle up on the couch and watch some Netflix with my person. I am a very smart girl who also loves to learn new tricks and is treat motivated. I came to the shelter in not the best condition, but with lots of love from staff, volunteers, and yummy food I have gotten better! Can’t wait to be your forever Valentine!"
Arlo
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Arlo is a 1 year old Retriever Mix looking for an active home to call his own. He came to us as a stray and has really opened up with some confidence building activities from staff and volunteers. Arlo still has some insecurities we have been working through, especially the guillotine doors we use here when cleaning the dog’s kennels. He is a smart boy who loves to please and learn new tricks when you have a yummy treat in your hand. Arlo needs a very active home where he can get daily exercise and lots of mental stimulation like Kong toys, puzzle toys, and one on one training. Due to Arlo’s high energy and insecurities he is not able to go to a home with children under 15 years old. He does require a meet and greet with any future canine pals to make sure they can match Arlo’s playstyle. With lots of love, patience, and treats, Arlo can become an amazing canine companion! Could Arlo be your next workout partner?"

Arlo

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Arlo is a 1 year old Retriever Mix looking for an active home to call his own. He came to us as a stray and has really opened up with some confidence building activities from staff and volunteers. Arlo still has some insecurities we have been working through, especially the guillotine doors we use here when cleaning the dog’s kennels. He is a smart boy who loves to please and learn new tricks when you have a yummy treat in your hand. Arlo needs a very active home where he can get daily exercise and lots of mental stimulation like Kong toys, puzzle toys, and one on one training. Due to Arlo’s high energy and insecurities he is not able to go to a home with children under 15 years old. He does require a meet and greet with any future canine pals to make sure they can match Arlo’s playstyle. With lots of love, patience, and treats, Arlo can become an amazing canine companion! Could Arlo be your next workout partner?"
Bagel
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Bagel is a very playful cat he can be a bit much at times when he constantly wants
to play but he will be your best friend if you bribe him with wet food. He`s very sweet and affectionate towards people, but can be picky about his cat friends. He would do best in a home with another cat who was laid back or as the only pet. We feel this shouldn't stop him from finding his family, as he has so much love to give to his people."

Bagel

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Bagel is a very playful cat he can be a bit much at times when he constantly wants to play but he will be your best friend if you bribe him with wet food. He`s very sweet and affectionate towards people, but can be picky about his cat friends. He would do best in a home with another cat who was laid back or as the only pet. We feel this shouldn't stop him from finding his family, as he has so much love to give to his people."
Bronksi
League for Animal Welfare
"Bronski was adopted as a puppy, and was returned to us after a year in a home - and he came back with bad manners! Bronski is an absolute sweetheart, but he needs an experienced dog owner who knows how to physically and mentally challenge him. When Bronski doesn’t have enough work to do, Bronski’s naughty side comes out! If you’re a dog lover who loves the challenge of a smart dog who looks to you for training
and commands, Bronski will be your new best friend."

Bronksi

League for Animal Welfare
"Bronski was adopted as a puppy, and was returned to us after a year in a home - and he came back with bad manners! Bronski is an absolute sweetheart, but he needs an experienced dog owner who knows how to physically and mentally challenge him. When Bronski doesn’t have enough work to do, Bronski’s naughty side comes out! If you’re a dog lover who loves the challenge of a smart dog who looks to you for training and commands, Bronski will be your new best friend."
Buzz
Scott County Humane Society
"Buzz is our resident Cowardly Lion—can you be the one to give him the courage he needs? He has all the heart you could ever want and is the sweetest biscuit-making kitty you could ask for, but this handsome
fellow is afraid of everything—flying monkeys, wicked witches, small children, dogs, and even kittens.
Buzz would do well in a home where he can relax with quiet humans who will give him the chance to
find his courage. He is currently in a foster home with Isaac (also available for adoption) and they are
doing really well together. Estimated DOB: 12/27/2015"

Buzz

Scott County Humane Society
"Buzz is our resident Cowardly Lion—can you be the one to give him the courage he needs? He has all the heart you could ever want and is the sweetest biscuit-making kitty you could ask for, but this handsome fellow is afraid of everything—flying monkeys, wicked witches, small children, dogs, and even kittens. Buzz would do well in a home where he can relax with quiet humans who will give him the chance to find his courage. He is currently in a foster home with Isaac (also available for adoption) and they are doing really well together. Estimated DOB: 12/27/2015"
Calliope
Animal Friends Humane Society
"This gorgeous little fighter is Calliope! She came to Animal Friends after being hit
by a car that fractured her spine. At first, she had trouble even moving her hind legs but the dedicated people here saw that she wasn’t ready to give up yet, and so we set her up in a loving foster home to give her time to heal! After two months of rest and TLC, Calliope can walk like a normal cat again!While her recovery is fantastic, she may never be 100% normal again. Because of where the spinal fracture is, she has lost some feeling to her bladder and bowels. We currently have her receiving acupuncture treatments to see whether we can help her regain feeling, but there is no guarantee that it will work. As a result of
this fracture, she is unable to pee on her own, but caring for her is still very simple! She just needs to have her bladder squeezed twice a day, and her foster has even trained her to do it over the toilet!
She has done great in her foster home, and spends most of her time hanging out around the house like a normal cat! Calliope is able to control holding her bladder, so there is no worry about her leaking pee around the house and she doesn’t even need a diaper. She is very sweet and loving, and she loves to snuggle with her humans or to sleep curled up beside them. She gets along very well with other cats, and doesn’t seem to mind dogs either, so she would make a great addition to almost any home!While she may be a little extra work, she makes up for it with lots of purrs and cuddles! It hasn’t been an easy road for Calliope, but now all she wants is a home to call her own and a family to love her!"

Calliope

Animal Friends Humane Society
"This gorgeous little fighter is Calliope! She came to Animal Friends after being hit by a car that fractured her spine. At first, she had trouble even moving her hind legs but the dedicated people here saw that she wasn’t ready to give up yet, and so we set her up in a loving foster home to give her time to heal! After two months of rest and TLC, Calliope can walk like a normal cat again!

While her recovery is fantastic, she may never be 100% normal again. Because of where the spinal fracture is, she has lost some feeling to her bladder and bowels. We currently have her receiving acupuncture treatments to see whether we can help her regain feeling, but there is no guarantee that it will work. As a result of this fracture, she is unable to pee on her own, but caring for her is still very simple! She just needs to have her bladder squeezed twice a day, and her foster has even trained her to do it over the toilet!

She has done great in her foster home, and spends most of her time hanging out around the house like a normal cat! Calliope is able to control holding her bladder, so there is no worry about her leaking pee around the house and she doesn’t even need a diaper. She is very sweet and loving, and she loves to snuggle with her humans or to sleep curled up beside them. She gets along very well with other cats, and doesn’t seem to mind dogs either, so she would make a great addition to almost any home!

While she may be a little extra work, she makes up for it with lots of purrs and cuddles! It hasn’t been an easy road for Calliope, but now all she wants is a home to call her own and a family to love her!"
Chloe
Animal Friends Humane Society
"Chloe came to us as a very emaciated stray who was clearly not thriving outside. When she arrived she came in very sick and in need of medical treatment, so we sent her to a foster home for a short period of time to allow her to gain weight and recover from her upper respiratory infection. She recently had to have every last tooth removed due to dental disease so she will need a home willing to spoil her with a canned food diet for the rest of her life. Due to her illness, she was not able to interact with the foster`s resident cats but her foster reported she was extremely affectionate and sweet towards them. She prefers comfortable blankets to sleep on every night next to a warm fire and would be the perfect couch companion for an elderly person or couple. We`re not sure how she would do in a home with other animals, but may do best as the only pet in the home."

Chloe

Animal Friends Humane Society
"Chloe came to us as a very emaciated stray who was clearly not thriving outside. When she arrived she came in very sick and in need of medical treatment, so we sent her to a foster home for a short period of time to allow her to gain weight and recover from her upper respiratory infection. She recently had to have every last tooth removed due to dental disease so she will need a home willing to spoil her with a canned food diet for the rest of her life. Due to her illness, she was not able to interact with the foster`s resident cats but her foster reported she was extremely affectionate and sweet towards them. She prefers comfortable blankets to sleep on every night next to a warm fire and would be the perfect couch companion for an elderly person or couple. We`re not sure how she would do in a home with other animals, but may do best as the only pet in the home."
Chop
Cincinnati Animal CARE
"'Oh Chop you’re so fine oh Chop you blow my mind! Hey Chop!' This here is Chop, our favorite
bundle of love on three legs! Sure, he might be a paw short, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a
hunk of burnin’ love! He’s a great guy with a lot of energy to burn (three feet sure didn’t slow him
down!), so he’d be his best in a home with older kids and adults who can handle all that Chop. Come
on down and meet him today!"

Chop

Cincinnati Animal CARE
"'Oh Chop you’re so fine oh Chop you blow my mind! Hey Chop!' This here is Chop, our favorite bundle of love on three legs! Sure, he might be a paw short, but that doesn’t mean he’s any less of a hunk of burnin’ love! He’s a great guy with a lot of energy to burn (three feet sure didn’t slow him down!), so he’d be his best in a home with older kids and adults who can handle all that Chop. Come on down and meet him today!"