Last weekend, a Furry convention was held but someone mistakenly thought it was a gathering event for pets. Cheryl Wassus of Monroe, Michigan is a volunteer with Pets for Vets who’s always on the look-out for pet events that matches therapy dogs with military veterans. So when she learned about the Motor City Furry Con in Novi, Michigan, she immediately brought her Bernese mountain dog, assuming it was a pet-themed convention.
For those who don’t know, the term furry mean a person who loves dressing up in anthromorphic animal costumes and role playing. The reasonable mistake turned out to be a fun mixed-up, automatically making her dog, Link, the star of the furry con.
Cheryl shares her innocent mistake: “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.”
“I usually try to do some research the night before I go to these events but the website was pretty obscure,” she added.
Thankfully, the event came as a success both for Pets for Vets and Motor City Furry Con. They were able to raise $10,000 for the group.