Happy Tails

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Penny

Penny

January 19, 2017

Penny (still known as Pendleton, but only when she is being naughty lol) has been nothing but a joy in our household. She is the most intelligent creature I have ever seen. And the softest fur of any animal I have ever touched.

There is nothing more in the world she loves than her blue exercise ball that allows her to explore the house. After only three days she could beat any bumps on the floor and find her way back to my room and her cage! The amount of energy in her tiny body reminds me that of a very excited puppy.

She makes sure to pay rounds to every room of the household to make sure that no one is left out. She also loves carrots and apples, and does not mind being held when you have fresh produce in your hand. She also can hide anything in her bedding if she tries hard enough. Such an intelligent and fearless girl!

Thank you to Pet Valu (her former foster home)/ Toronto Humane Society for the advice and taking care of my new best friend. Here’s to more exploring and going forward!

Kind regards,

Viktoriya


Quinoa

Quinoa

January 17, 2017

Hi guys!

Just wanted to drop a note to say how happy we are with our recent foster fail!

Earlier in the fall we fostered three kittens from a littre of nine that came in: Canvas, Chantilly Lace, and Silk! They were all so awesome! We were so close to keeping all three but decided on Chantilly Lace as we were both completely enamoured by her!

Since, she has been renamed Quinoa! She’s an amazing young kitten that cuddles so intensely, plays hard, and is now jumping onto any surface close to running water… Yes, she likes to drink from the tap, and take baths! We love her so much and can’t wait to keep fostering, but hopefully not fail too many times.

Love THS!
Mor & Sam


Gilbert

Gilbert

January 16, 2017

Twenty-two years ago I adopted a 2-yr old 3lb stray kitty, named Rusty, from the Toronto Humane Society. I changed his name to Gilbert. I also made a promise that I would keep him safe, happy and healthy. The first year was a challenge, he became ill, had to be hospitalized for a week, and was so weak he often could not do what he thought he wanted to; things like jumping up to look out a window. Gilbert was a fast learner, you only had to show him something once and he would catch on – jumping onto the couch, then onto the radiator, and over to the window. Unfortunately that also worked with things you did not want him to learn. A baby gate would keep him out of a room, until that time I stepped over the gate to get into the room.

I never imagined what an amazing boy he would become. So smart, inquisitive, loving and so very loyal. He learned a number of commands; come here, let’s go, supper time, and was always by my side. Gilbert was a talker, and would both initiate conversations and respond. He had lots of personality for sure, and would be dismissive of most people he met. However, he did not like to be touched by anyone other than me. This could be challenging at his annual medical check-ups, but his vet understood and we never had an issue. About 3-yrs ago I noticed that he had become completely deaf, so I had to re-learn how to communicate; flicking the outdoor light to get his attention, being careful not to sneak up on him. With age, his hips became brittle. Step stools had to be set at the couches and bed, the litter box had to come up from the basement. More time was spent laying in front of the fireplace or on the bed in the sun. Two years ago at his “palliative care” visit, his vet told me that Gilbert has made a lasting impression on her. When I noticed that he was in pain, I knew I had to make the most difficult decision. His vet came to the house to make his passing as peaceful as possible for both him and me.

Gilbert was so much a part of every decision I made, including the home I live in. I may have rescued him, but he brought so much more to me. Gilbert was a unique boy and made an impression on most everyone he encountered. I never imagined that he would be a part of my family for 22 years. His longevity is a testament to a loving home and high quality nutrition. I will miss my sweet boy who was with me March 18, 1995 – January 9, 2017 RIP.

Colleen Sonnenberg


Chloe & Pepsi

Chloe & Pepsi

January 13, 2017

Since adopting Chloe and Pepsi from the Toronto Humane Society I have adopted 4 guinea pigs from the Hamilton Burlington SPCA. I have 2 female guinea pigs named Cinnamon and Smorse and 2 boy guinea pigs named Jalepeno and Popper. They all get along the cats don’t do anything but watch the guinea pigs sometimes but mostly they just ignore the guinea pigs and race around playing or lay around relaxing. I love my Chloe & Pepsi very much and always will and I love my guinea pigs very much too.

We love living in Hamilton Ontario with our daddy and guinea pig siblings. More updates to come as time passes, paws and purrs from us to you all.


Skittles

Skittles

January 12, 2017

Hello, I just wanted to share our happy tails story.

For the past year we have been considering adopting a dog, while on a visit to Toronto we thought we would visit the Humane Society and take a look. Unfortunately, there weren’t any dogs that fit with our family, but we decided to visit the cats while there.

Low and behold, we all fell in love with a little tortie kitten who’s siblings had been already been adopted. Dee Dee is now Skittles and is adored by all of us. I don’t think we could’ve asked for a better cat. She is sweet and gives tons of snuggles and kisses. She is surprisingly calm, and has loads of patience for hugs and LOTS of petting.

Thank you THS for everything and hopefully we can make it back in search of a pup one day soon!

The Gibbs-Edghill family


Nacho

Nacho

January 12, 2017

I have 2 daughters and for a few years now for both of their birthday parties, instead of receiving presents, (as they already have more than enough), they both agreed to having everyone bring something important for animals in need at the Toronto Humane Society. Last year was our first year bringing everything to the Toronto Humane Society where we found our adorable Nacho.

The moment we saw him, we knew he was ours. He was far back in his cage shaking like a rattle snake, so scared, and so precious. The next day he was officially ours and its now been just over a year that we’ve had him. he was very timid and scared at first and never barked. Slowly but surely we could see him evolving into a brave happy boy. and finally one day even started barking! He hasn’t stopped since (lol) he loooves barking.

I love the Toronto Humane Society! There are some great individuals working there and you can see the love and dedication they have for the animals and to make sure the animals find great forever homes! Adopting and watching Nacho grow with his forever family has brought me so much joy and happiness. The feeling you get from adopting cannot be described. We all love nacho so much. thank you for reading!


Garfield

Garfield

January 11, 2017

Good afternoon to all the T.H.S. staff!

I want to give you a fun update about my nine-year-old male cat Garfield.

His former name was Dolce Vita when he was at the Toronto Humane Society’s shelter.

I have attached the two photos above about the pet photos with Santa’s event that occurred in December 2016 there at the Toronto Humane Society; moreover, I have been taking my cat Garfield for pet photos with Santa every December at the animal shelter for almost four years already.

In addition, I have adopted my cat Garfield from the Toronto Humane Society back in October 2013 when he was only six years old.

Because I love my nine-year-old male cat Garfield with all of my heart, I always tell my friends that he is my son and also my best friend. Besides calling him Garfield, I have also been calling him, “my baby.”

Yours truly,

Daisy Maria G. Castaneda


Juliet

Juliet

January 10, 2017

In July 2016, we had gone to the THS in hopes of finding a suitable playmate and companion for our resident rescue kitten, Solo, who had gotten to be quite the aggressive little handful. We noticed three-month old Juliet (formerly Azrail) and her brother, Rondel, right away because they were the rowdiest kittens in the whole building. Admittedly, we had been hoping to adopt Rondel who was very handsome, curious and talkative in their kennel, but he was on hold for someone else. We noticed, however, despite being remarkably small and bow-legged, Juliet was feisty and fast. She fought her brother back and would playfully pounce on him from her hiding spot in the corner. She seemed like a good fit for our wild little rescue at home and we are ridiculously happy to have her as a part of our family today.

Despite our efforts to contain Juliet in the room we had set up so that she could be slowly integrated into our household, Juliet had managed to escape (she was so small, she would just slip around everything) and introduced herself to Solo the night of her arrival. To our surprise, the two kittens got along right away. By Juliet’s third day home, she was snuggling with her new older brother on the bed. Now, the two are completely bonded. Juliet follows Solo wherever he goes, and wants whatever he has. Solo frets when he can’t find her, and meows until she comes out. They play together all the time, and prefer to nap cramped together on Solo’s old cat-bed even though there are lots of bigger, plushier places to sleep all over the apartment.

Juliet is such a cute, friendly and happy little joy. We are grateful to have found such a perfect addition at the THS - thank you, thank you!


Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan

January 08, 2017

Hello! I thought I’d send along an update about Carl Sagan (previously called Caramel). I adopted him in July after falling in love with his picture on the website. When I visited Carl at THS, he was the only piggy making noise and was super spunky. He’s still very chatty and energetic and has gotten less skittish. He loves floor time with Neil (my other piggy) and popcorning around his cage. He goes wild for green pepper and demands his veggies like clockwork every morning (no need for an alarm clock anymore). I love him lots and I’m grateful to THS for helping me give him a home.


Fergie & Holly

Fergie & Holly

January 07, 2017

Now 7 months old, they’re both doing very well, though Fergie has grown much larger than her sister, Holly.