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Humane society plans dates with animals for Valentine's Day fundraiser
humane society lock in valewntiens
Photo courtesy Humane Society of Forsyth County.

Local residents will be taking cats out for coffee and dogs on moonlit strolls for Valentine’s Day as the Humane Society of Forsyth County hosts its first “I Chews You Lock-In” event from Feb. 12-14.

The event helps support the humane society’s adoption and rescue efforts and shines some light on some of the purrfectly adoptable animals at the shelter.

During the lock-in, supporters will be able to sponsor an animal of their choosing and go on a “date” with them.

“This event is a really great way to not only raise awareness for the shelter, but also to help people to see these animals’ personalities,” said Amanda Porter with the humane society. “Initially, the animals might be a little standoffish or something, but when you spend 30 minutes with them or an hour with them, they’ll come out of their shells.”

The humane society will be providing participants with images of the cute creatures so that they can share all about their four-legged date-mates on social media.

While the in-person dates are sold out, animal-lovers can still be a cat or dog’s Valentine this year by hosting their own fundraisers for the humane society.

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humane society lock in valewntiens
Photo courtesy Humane Society of Forsyth County.

“It’s kind of similar to a birthday fundraiser,” Porter said. “You can sign up to make your own fundraiser … with a cute name and a monetary goal, and you can be one of our Valentines.”

Proceeds from the fundraiser will go towards the humane society’s general fund which helps provide adequate resources to rescue animals in surrounding communities.

Scot Rucker, owner of Rucker Dog Training and self-proclaimed “animal lover,” has pledged to raise $5,000 and match it if the goal is reached. The overall goal for the fundraiser is $20,000.

Interested in taking a cat or dog on a date this Valentine’s Day? Check out https://e.givesmart.com/events/pfo/ for more information on how to donate or spread the word about the event.

“At the end of the day, it’s all about awareness and making sure that people know we’re here, they know about the work we’re doing and know that they can adopt from us or get help with … [veterinary problems],” Porter said. “And, of course, we want to highlight the animals.”