Motor City Furry Con’s Charity Outreach Makes National News

Link the therapy dog and some of his new furry friends, courtesy New York Magazine
Source: New York Magazine

New York Magazine ran a human interest story in their “Select/All” column about Cheryl Wassus, a member of Pets for Vets (a nonprofit that pairs dogs with military veterans) attending Motor City Furry Con with her service dog, without realizing just what a furry convention actually was.

“I really had no idea what to expect going in on Saturday,” said Wassus in the interview. “This organization had chosen us as their charity. They actually solicited us, and adopted us more or less, as their go-to charity for this big function. This is just a whole subculture I wasn’t even aware existed. When we set up tables and do promos and educate the public and do outreach, I had no idea the outreach was going to be other human … furry people. I guess you’re never too old to learn.”

The story was picked up by Cosmopolitan and The Huffington Post, helping spread the word of a great event. The convention raised $10,000 for the organization, with an attendance of just under 1,300 people.