Be My Furry Valentine

My Furry Valentine, Cincinnati’s largest pet adoption event, returns to the Sharonville Convention Center for its sixth year the second weekend of February.

Specifically, this event happens Saturday, Feb. 11, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, with special Early Bird Hours on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The mega-adoption event finds homes for hundreds of animals each year by bringing together animal rescues and shelters from throughout the region to connect available animals with potential adopters at one central location. Dozens of additional satellite locations around the city will feature thousands more animals available for adoption this Valentine’s Day weekend – the Official “Pet Adoption Weekend in the City of Cincinnati.”

Because only about 4 million of the estimated 7 million dogs and cats entering shelters each year ever leave the shelter with a family of their own, My Furry Valentine offers a positive alternative to purchasing a pet from a store, breeder or online platform. Driven by a mission to significantly reduce the number of shelter euthanasias, the number one cause of untimely death for our nation’s healthy dogs and cats, My Furry Valentine has found homes for more than 2,800 animals in its first five years.

This year’s event, hosted by phoDOGrapher and sponsored by Petco Foundation, receives additional support from Petco stores, TEN, United Dairy Farmers and the Cincinnati Reds, and will feature more than 800 adoptable animals under one roof at the Sharonville Main Event. Every pet adopted will go home with a bag of freebies, and adopters and are eligible to win one of several great Adopter Raffle prizes. 

Interested attendees can purchase early bird advance entry for $25 (or a pair for $40) to meet adoptable animals before the main event opens to the general public Saturday. Early Bird Ticket sales are limited and can be purchased in advance at and at the door, while supplies last. General Admission tickets are available for $5/person. Those unable to attend the main event at Sharonville Convention Center can visit satellite locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, hosted by participating rescues and shelters.

For additional information regarding My Furry Valentine, visit or contact event organizer Carolyn Evans at [email protected].

About My Furry Valentine

Founded in 2012, My Furry Valentine, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization, is a milestone for the Cincinnati animal rescue community. The event brings together potential pet owners and adoptable dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals. The annual gathering has found homes for more than 2,800 animals since inception. My Furry Valentine is focused on spreading the word that companion animals in local shelters/rescues make wonderful pets and that shelters/rescues should be the first place potential adopters look to find their new best friend. Visit for more information.

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