It is with a heavy heart that we must inform everyone of the following:
We had every intention of keeping FurFright going for years to come. At this year's Closing Ceremonies we dispelled unfounded rumors and told you we'd be back in 2014 and beyond. That was always our intent.
Since that time the Con Chairs have experienced a devastating turn of events in their personal/family life, making it impossible for the convention to continue. All our time, energy, and resources need to be spent healing and coping with the challenges we face. So due to circumstances beyond our control, FurFright has come to an end. 2013 was our final year.
It's impossible to find the words to sum up 11 years of this labor of love. All we can say is "Thank You". Your friendship, generosity, and support created this con and made it happen year after year. Whether you were staff or an attendee, when you walked through the doors of FurFright you were always among friends.
In addition to our attendee friends, boundless credit goes to our Staff. They used their hard-earned money and vacation time to travel to a hotel where they spent 15 hours (or more) a day working so we could all have a good time. We are a band of brothers and sisters, and I can't think of a finer group of people to work beside. You will always have our love and gratitude.
The final person to recognize and thank is our Con Chair K'gra Leopard. The con would never have begun or continued without her. The work she did behind the scenes and in the Dealers' Dungeon was staggering. She did more than anyone to make FurFright happen, and the success of our event is a testament to her dedication and skill.
There are a lot of conventions out there, and we know you'll all move on to other events and have a great time. We're not naive enough to think FurFright has changed the community, or will be remembered or missed. The only thing that remains is knowing in our hearts we started this con for the right reasons. It was to bring our friends together and make them happy. It was to help animals and people in need. It was to give something back to a community that has given us a place we belong. There was more sweat, tears, and sleepless nights put into FurFright than anyone will ever know. There were times it hurt, and times it took a toll on our health and personal lives. But we kept it going as long as we could. For you.
If just one person remembers FurFright with fondness. If it helped just one person smile and know they were loved and belonged. If it helped save or honor just one War Dog and the Soldiers they protect. If it helped just one abandoned animal find a loving home. If it helped just one child in a hospital bed feel a little less sad or frightened. If just one person found their soulmate at this con, and now has someone to grow old with...
...it was worth it.
Peace, love, and happiness to you, dear friends.
On the final day of FurFright (October 27, 2013), the United States Military dedicated the very first National War Dogs Monument at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.
For 38 years Veterans and Soldiers have been fighting to protect, honor, and remember the Military Working Dogs who serve beside them--who risk and sacrifice every bit as much, and who have saved countless lives.
The United States War Dogs Association sent us a replica statue of the monument with the following inscription.