My furry Valentine: Pet photos benefit Humane Society

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The dogs are the stars at this event, and there is no shortage of attention. "We have a lot of volunteers who are really dog-savvy," said Jennifer Hilliard with Greenhill Humane Society.

EUGENE, Ore. - Angela Brauer ended up with a real dog for her valentine this year, but she doesn’t mind.

The recent Ohio transplant even had Valentine’s Day pictures taken with her furry friend.

“He was a little difficult to deal with for the first couple of minutes,” she said, describing how her new pet reacted to the photo shoot, “but once they put a pillow in front of him, he was fine.”

It’s all part of Greenhill Humane Society’s Valentine's Day pet photo fundraiser, held at the Fifth Street Market in downtown Eugene.

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“Everyone takes it really seriously and brings their little costumes, and we have lots of fun props,” said Jennifer Hilliard, Greenhill’s Community Outreach Coordinator.

For $15, pet owners received an 8x10 photo, and for $20 they could get a CD with all their favorite shots.

All of the proceeds go to help fund Greenhill Humane Society’s programs, which aim to provide shelter for animals and help end overpopulation.

The organization is a private nonprofit, completely supported by donations from the community.

“I actually once adopted a cat from there,” said Luna Landis, holding her rabbit, Shadow.

She was selling homemade Valentines with a friend, trying to do her part to raise money for Greenhill.

“We just wanted to help,” she said.

The event is one of many held by Greenhill.  This Valentine’s Day weekend, they will be offering dog massages, with cake and a wine tasting for their human pals.

“Folks can get a 15-minute doggy massage by a licensed massage therapist,” Hilliard said, “but they will need to call Curious K9 boutique and salon, because the appointments are filling up fast.”

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