Valentine's Day Pet Events: Romance and Rescues

Pet groups promote adoptions through holiday-themed fun.

For some individuals, Valentine's Day isn't just about celebrating romance with a significant other. In fact, according to a joint poll by Reuters/Ipsos, one fifth of adults around the world would prefer spending Valentine's Day with their pet rather than their spouse!

In celebration of our love for pets, some organizations have developed creative ways to use Valentine's Day as a way to promote responsible pet ownership and boost pet adoptions. After all, what better way to honor Cupid's holiday than returning our pets' unconditional love?

For example, some rescues are using Valentine's Day to encourage individuals to meet four-legged sweethearts and sweep them off their paws to loving fur-ever homes. The ASCPA Adoption Center in New York City is holding a Valentine's Day-themed adoption event on Saturday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 13, featuring a free follow-up vet exam and free gift for pet adopters.

Other Valentine's Day events are cropping up through civic organizations, such as the group Dallas Animals Advocates, which is sponsoring "Dallas Loves Animals," a kick-off to promote adoptions in the area. The Saturday, Feb. 12, event will feature free Valentine's Day photos of pets and owners as well as free grooming certificates for pet adoptions.

And not all of the Valentine's Day action is offline. HomeAgain has launched the Pick Your Heart & Help Shelter Pets campaign on Facebook. Through Feb. 14, for everyone who "chooses a heart," HomeAgain will donate $0.25 to the Petfinder.com foundation, up to $5,000. At press time, the amount donated had reached $3591.00.

Pet-related businesses are also promoting Valentine's Day with events offering snacks, discounts, and mingling for pet owners. The Bark Place in Boston's South End is using their Saturday, Feb. 12, Valentine's celebration to promote responsible pet ownership. For example, attendees will be able to participate in a one-on-one Q&A with the "Ask Dog Lady" for advice about their canines.

Do you know of a Valentine's Day-themed pet event in your area? Tell us below!

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daryl b.
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daryl b.
3 years ago

what a wonderful way to spend valentines day then with something warm and fuzzy. good luck to the aspca

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Ches21
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Ches21
3 years ago

I know that some animals should be adopted together it is the same with some children. I know I would not be happy being adopted and having to leave my two brothers and my sister behind.

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