The following general rule supersedes all others listed below and may be invoked at any time:
Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Fur Reality’s relationship with its guests, its venues or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in permanent suspension of membership.
The primary purpose of Fur Reality is for our attendees to have fun. To ensure that the greatest number of people achieve this objective we have established certain rules of conduct. By them we seek only to ensure that the behavior of any one small group does not disturb the membership as a whole, nor does it detract from the relaxed and comfortable atmosphere of the convention. Fur Reality welcomes all parties with an interest in anthropomorphic animals; however, the convention’s management reserves the right to deny or revoke the membership of any individual at any time for any reason.
The parent company, Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC also reserves the right to amend these rules at any time without prior or posted notice and reserves the sole right of interpretation. In any dispute, the general rule above will apply. If you have any questions, please contact the convention operations staff for assistance.
Anyone who accepts a membership badge agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC from any claim for personal injuries or other damages or equity arising out of any individual’s activities at Fur Reality, even if such injury or damage is caused by negligence by or on the part of Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC.
As a condition of membership, all Fur Reality attendees are required to abide by these standards of conduct for the entire duration of their stay, even prior to Opening or after Closing Ceremonies.
General Rating of the Convention:
Fur Reality seeks to make its staff members available to its attendees. Staff members will be wearing special badges to indicate their status. If you have a problem, please alert a member of staff to the issue.
All convention areas are considered to be “PG” at all times, with the exception of events or exhibits that are specifically noted to be inappropriate for minors and access to which is controlled by Fur Reality staff.
Attendees, when in public areas, may not wear clothing which is overly revealing or inappropriate to the atmosphere of the convention, such as fetish-related garb and accoutrements. Collars are acceptable and are worn by numerous attendees as a fashion statement, but leashes attached thereunto are not, as they are considered to be a tripping hazard.
Shirts, pants/shorts, and footwear must be worn when in areas of the hotel or convention center that are accessible to non-Fur Reality attendees, such as lobbies, restaurants and concourses, except for the pool area in which proper swimwear is required.
Full-body fursuits are excluded from the “shirts/pants/footwear” rule, provided that the costume is not unacceptably revealing. For health and safety reasons, fursuits are not permitted in the hotel swimming pool or dining areas.
Public displays of affection beyond what is appropriate for polite company are frowned upon. You will be asked to express your devotion to your significant other either in less conspicuous ways, or in private that may be considered lewd or inappropriate are not permitted in the convention areas.
No items of any kind, including paper airplanes, may be thrown or dropped from the hotel or Convention Center balconies or patios.
No water pistols, silly string, or any thrown or projectile-type toy may be used in any area of the hotel or Convention Center.
For safety reasons, only handheld or bracelet glowsticks are permitted in the dances. Glowsticks on strings or on polearms must be cleared with Security staff before being used. The decision of the Security staff on any particular item will be final.
Attendees are not permitted to sleep in the lobby, the hallways, the meeting rooms or the Commons. Get a room, please!
Fur Reality attendees must abide by instructions given by Fur Reality staff. Failure to do so may result in loss of membership privileges. Any disputes or concerns may be addressed on site at Convention Operations.
Fur Reality functions are open only to members, and all attendees should must wear their membership badges in the convention spaces at all times. A badge is valid only for the person to whom it was issued; badges may not be shared or exchanged under any circumstances.
Smoking is not permitted in any area within the hotel (including the guest rooms) or the Convention Center. THIS INCLUDES ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES, Vapes, or any variation there of at the request of the venue management. Smokers are asked to use designated smoking areas, and to comply with any other smoking rules of the facility. Cigarette butts must be disposed of properly and may not left on the ground.
Convention attendees must wear their official convention badge in a visible manner at all times while in public convention areas, and it must be shown upon request to any member of convention staff, security, hotel staff, or law enforcement. Your badge will contain a badge name of your choosing (subject to staff approval), as well as a unique number. Altering convention badges in such a manner as to permanently obscure any of these elements renders the badge unusable. If your badge becomes unusable or is lost, you will need to purchase a new badge. No replacement badges will be provided. Any person found using a counterfeit badge, using a badge not belonging to them, lending a badge to a person or making copies of their badge for others will have their membership revoked and will be asked not to return during that year or may be banned in subsequent years.
Knowingly providing transportation or housing, or otherwise knowingly enabling an individual that is unwelcome at Fur Reality to attend or enter the Convention’s property will result in permanent revocation of Fur Reality membership privileges.
Attendance by Minors:
Attendees under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times, or a signed and notarized parental permission form must be provided indicating the adult attendee who is the responsible party for the minor. At no time is Fur Reality, its staff or other attendees to be responsible for the care of any minor.
Anyone who is under the age of 18 years at any time during the convention must present a signed and notarized parental permission form unless accompanied by a parent or able to produce evidence of legal emancipation. There are no exceptions.
Minors are not permitted under any circumstances to enter areas that have been designated for mature audiences. (18+ or 21+ panels are designated as not being suitable for minors.)
Anyone providing false documentation of identity or age will be denied membership and reported to the police.
No actual weapons or any item that can be easily mistaken for one may be carried either openly or concealed at any time on the hotel or Convention Center property, regardless of any government permits which you may possess. Personal pocket knives with single-edged blades less than 4 inches long are permitted.
Realistic weapon replicas are permitted as part of a costume only during costume events such as the Fursuit Parade, and must be appropriately peace-bonded; see the Security Staff for instruction on how to do so. They must be cased or otherwise secured when being carried outside of costume.
Due to hotel policy, animals are not permitted within the convention space except for service animals, which are permitted in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Parties and similar gatherings in hotel rooms:
Gatherings in hotel rooms must not generate any noise that can be heard in neighboring rooms during nighttime hours, nor violate hotel policy, local law or federal law.
Hotel doors must be kept shut during such gatherings and guests are not permitted to congregate in the hotel corridors.
Loud parties will be given a single warning to remain quiet. No second warnings will be given before action is taken by the hotel to remove the offending individuals.
Hotel guests who host any gathering are responsible for cleaning up afterward. Excessive amounts of un-bagged trash must not be left for housekeeping staff to clean up (it’s just plain rude). Trash bags are provided. Use them.
Other hotel matters:
Any act of vandalism, deliberate or excessive damage to hotel property, or interference with any hotel or Convention Center worker in the performance of his or her duties will result in permanent revocation of Fur Reality membership, criminal prosecution, fines, or any combination thereof.
Any attendees engaging in behavior which endangers life or property (such as, but not limited to, pulling fire alarms, creating hazardous situations) will have their membership revoked immediately, and may be asked not to return to future events organized by Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC. If warranted, law enforcement may be called.
The person in whose name a room is rented is solely responsible for the conduct of all individuals in the room as well as for the condition of the room. Excessive trash, soiling or other damage to hotel property, or any circumstance that may present a hazard to hotel housekeeping staff may result in permanent loss of Fur Reality membership privileges, as well as the paying of damages to the hotel.
Attendees may Do not affix anything to the walls of the hotel or Convention Center, to the elevators, to Fur Reality signage, or to hotel room doors.
Requests for room amenities such as towels and pillows beyond the number that is reasonable and customary for a single room will not be honored. Kindly bring such extra items from home if they are expected to be needed.
Fur Reality is not responsible for items left in public areas. A lost and found will be setup in the convention operations room. If you find something that is not yours, take it there so that whoever lost it can come pick it up later. This includes but not limited to: cameras, mp3 players, cell phones, fursuit heads/parts/etc, purses, wallets, and so on.
Fur Reality and the Crowne Plaza Inn are not responsible for lost items. If you find an item left behind by someone, please leave it where it was found and report it to a convention staff member.
Sales of Merchandise:
The offering for sale of any merchandise at the convention may be undertaken only in appropriate areas of the “Dealers Den” or the “Artist Alley”; in all cases the sale will be governed by the rules applicable to those areas. It is illegal to sell any other merchandise or services in any other areas, including the Fur Reality “Zoo.” All vendors and artists are required to submit their tax information and sales reports to the state of Ohio. Fur Reality is not responsible for collecting or paying any of the taxes on the sales of vendors and artists.
Harassment of any kind, including physical assault, battery, deliberate intimidation, stalking, or unwelcome physical attentions or insulting will not be tolerated. If people tell you “no” or to leave them alone, your business with them is done. If you continue to attempt to have contact with those people, you may be removed from the area or if need be, the premises.
These rules apply regardless if either party is wearing a costume or fursuit. Wearing a costume or fursuit does not give other attendees permission to touch the person wearing the costume or fursuit. Additionally wearing a costume or fursuit does not grant permission for touching attendees, whether or not they are wearing a costume or fursuit.
Fur Reality is not responsible for solving any interpersonal problems that may arise between individual members. Such disputes are not the responsibility of the Convention, or it’s staff, unless such disputes become disruptive and need to be addressed as per the code of conduct.
The sale or other distribution of any illegal or controlled substances is not welcome at Fur Reality. Any individual found to be distributing such substances will be removed and reported directly to the local authorities.
Anyone knowingly or unknowingly providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 will be guilty of a felony and will be turned over to the authorities. It is the sole responsibility of persons serving alcohol in room parties to ensure that every person in attendance is over the age of 21, even if that person is not drinking alcohol. There is to be at no time any alcohol on the con floor or in con space. All alcohol must stay in the bar/restaurant area or attendees rooms. Please drink responsibly and know your limit. Drunken and disorderly conduct will result in removal from Fur Reality and may result in expulsion from the hotel, and or calling the authorities.
Media Relations and Use of Fur Reality Images or Footage:
All journalists, media photographers, and any other members of the press are required to display an official Fur Reality Press Badge or be accompanied by a senior Fur Reality staff member at all times while in the Convention Center, any area within Fur Reality convention space, or any Fur Reality hotel. Members of the press who have not been issued a Press Badge may not conduct interviews or take photographs, audio or video footage without an escort. Press members may not conduct interviews, photograph, or film any attendee who has explicitly asked not to be filmed. We ask that media members respect the privacy and wishes of our attendees.
If members of the media are present, attendees must act responsibly. Media representatives who do not have Press Badges and are not escorted by an Fur Reality staff member should be reported to Fur Reality staff or to Convention Operations immediately. Do not speak to any un-badged and unescorted members of the press!
Fur Reality members should be aware that audio and/or video recordings are frequently made in convention areas and that their likenesses may appear in those recordings. Individual members agree to assign without compensation the use of their likeness(es) at Fur Reality for the use of promotional material such as the highlights videos.
The name ” Fur Reality ” and the Fur Reality logo are trade marks of Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC, and must not be used in any fashion that disparages or dilutes that mark, or insinuates or implies any connection to the company or convention beyond filming the event. Members agree to remove from circulation or publication any image or recording that in the sole opinion of Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC misrepresents or defames Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC, the convention, its staff, attendees or its trade mark.
Payments to Fur Reality and other money matters:
Please note that Fur Reality is a Limited Liability Company. As such, donations to the organization are not deductible from individual U.S. Federal income taxes.
Checks that are presented against insufficient funds will be charged a fee of $30 per check.
Fur Reality also accepts VISA, MasterCard, and Discover cards. Chargebacks (denying a charge) that are made for the sole purpose of avoiding payment, that are made without sufficient cause, or that are made without first attempting to resolve the dispute with Fur Reality will result in permanent revocation of membership privileges and possible legal action.
Members who have an outstanding balance due to Fur Reality must settle that balance before being permitted to attend the convention.
Fur Reality cannot involve itself in financial disputes between individual members, and cannot divulge information about an individual member to any party other than to banking officials or legal authorities.
The standards of conduct for Fur Reality will be strictly enforced by Fur Reality staff and security who will be clearly identified as such on site. Please remember that your con badge is the property of Ringtail Cafe Productions LLC and must be presented and/or surrendered to any Staff member requesting it. If you have any problem with any action taken by a Staff member you may take the matter up with the Managing Staff. Any attendee that is asked to leave will not be entitled to any manner of refund or compensation for the price of their membership. This includes all levels of membership.
Please be reminded that these rules involve, of course, “worst-case” scenarios and are put into place to ensure the safety and comfort of our members. They are also not all-inclusive; in all cases, the singular rule that supersedes all others is, “Any action or behavior that causes significant interference with convention operations, excessive discomfort to other attendees, or adversely affects Fur Reality ‘s relationship with its guests, its venue or the public is strictly forbidden and may result in revocation of membership privileges.” We anticipate no difficulties, as our members as a whole are rational and responsible adults.
Fur Reality is prepared to deal with any or all of the above scenarios in as rapid and efficient a manner as possible should they occur. We thank our members for their past cooperation and for their continued assistance in making this a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone. Have fun – just please remember to be courteous of those around you while doing so!