A group of Syrian refugees was welcomed into Vancouver on March 5 with open arms—and paws. The refugees were staying at the same hotel where an annual furry convention called VancouFur (see what they did there?) was taking place. It's unclear what the adults thought about the humans dressed in animal costumes, but the kids couldn't get enough of it.
For the uninitiated, "furries" are people who dress up as anthropomorphic animal characters (meaning they have human personalities) as a hobby.
The VancouFurries were notified via memo that refugees were staying in the same hotel. The note stressed that “a major concern that VancouFur has is ensuring that each and every one of the refugees (and attendees) feels welcome and safe and the fact that this is likely to be a major shock to them. . . Keep in mind that they likely will not want to interact with you and consent is important to everyone.”
As it turns out, the kids had absolutely no problem interacting with the furries.