If you’re looking for someone to be your valentine on Feb. 14, a local business group has a suggestion.

Since Jan. 30, the Downtown Oak Park business association has been asking shoppers to send valentines to the Animal Care League, 1011 Garfield St. The program, called “My Furry Valentine,” is an excuse to get donations flowing to the animal shelter and to get people stepping into local shops.

“We wanted to do something fun for Valentine’s Day, and we immediately thought of the Animal Care League,” said Pat Zubak, executive director for Downtown Oak Park.

Those interested can go to one of 24 participating Oak Park businesses, including the Book Table, Potbelly Sandwich Shop or Carriage Flowers. Valentines can be filled out and dropped into red-colored boxes at the businesses up until Feb. 11 and will be displayed at the Animal Care League.

Downtown Oak Park is also running a photo caption contest, where participants snap a photo of their pet and explain why their animal is their valentine. Entry forms are available at www.animalcareleague.org, and the deadline for submission is Feb. 11.

Winners could receive a pastel portrait of their animal, a pet photo portrait session or a gift basket from Scratch ‘n’ Sniff.

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