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Melo

Melo

July 30, 2020

​I adopted my cat, Melo from the Toronto Humane Society about a week ago (her name was originally Sail) I’ve been taking an abundance of photos because I’m so excited to share! Firstly, I wanted to thank everyone at the Humane Society for all your hard work and efforts, especially throughout COVID. Also for giving me the most lovable, perfect cat ever. It’s been so fun and she is just so happy! You’ve made my experience so positive and I’m definitely recommending to any potential animal owner! Thanks again and stay safe!!!


Grizzly Bear

Grizzly Bear

July 23, 2020

​I adopted Grizzly Bear (formerly Grizzly) in 2016. He was nervous and skittish when he moved in. He was 8 years old and had been in the shelter for months and had an adoption fall through.

He just celebrated his 12th birthday and Grizzly Bear is now the most affectionate head-butter around. He walks around like a big feather duster lion, showcasing his glorious mane, bib, and pantaloons. He takes his lead from his outgoing adopted brother Tiggy and is an indispensable member of the family. His favourite toy is a plastic stick, which he carries around, talks to, and treasures.

I painted this furry monster; you can see Grizzly Bear’s and other animal portraits at @thelibrarium!


Splashy

Splashy

July 16, 2020

In February 2020 - my mom’s birthday - we decided to adopt a hamster! This was not the first time we have adopted. She was our 5th little hamster! Our other four hamsters all lived really long and happy lives. One even had three legs! They were all rescued.

Adopting this hamster was a very exciting experience!

Splashy, formerly known as Applejack, was sleeping when we first met her. She was really cute and friendly and we knew she would be perfect!

We brought her home in a hamster box on the subway. Upon arrival home, we made sure her cage was all set up, and then we let her explore her new habitat! She loved to play from day one, begging to come out every second she could! Now that we have had her for around five months, we know she is the perfect fit! She is very active and so friendly.

Splashy also loves to make herself a nest. Sometimes she enjoys staying still and other times she loves to run around on her wheel. As for food, she likes it the most! She loves veggies, fruits and has even tried a bite of a vegan pancake! She is a very special hamster and we are delighted to have her in our lives. You can follow Splashy on her journey at @hamster_rescues.

Thank you to Toronto Humane Society team for finding us a perfect match and we will be forever grateful!


Sonny

Sonny

July 09, 2020

Sonny was at the shelter for quite a while with severe heartworm. He is now happily living at home with his 2 kids and best wrestling buddy, our cat. Quarantine has been great for him because we are always with him. His favourite activity is sleeping and he manages (despite being a medium breed dog) to stretch himself to the full length of the beds or couches. Sometimes he acts like a puppy and is up to no good, but for the most part is well behaved. He loves being mushed and squished by everyone, particularly the kids. He’s put on some weight finally and loves his food!


Grisou and Chispa

Grisou and Chispa

June 25, 2020

It’s been a while now since we moved from fostering Grisou and Regina (now renamed Chispa) to adopting them, and I am happy to report they are both doing great. It’s definitely a joy to be around them and watch them learn and grow in a happy and healthy environment. They are both now fixed and vaccinated and they’re slowly exploring the ever-exciting world of the backyard, on a leash. The smells, the breeze, the insects, the birds, the flowers, their own shadow on the grass… oh my! Who could see the world with their new and curious eyes!

All this was possible thanks to the amazing job that every single person at Toronto Humane Society provided for us. From the moment we said “yes” to fostering them and their ringworm infection to today, we feel fully supported by all of you and we cannot say THANK YOU loud enough, on behalf of these two cute beings and on our own behalf. We may have “failed” our fostering, but we sure succeeded in providing a safe and healthy home for them. And they sure pay us back with their affection! We’re slowly introducing them to new people (COVID-19 conditions in place) and they are as personable, curious and loving as ever. Definitely the kind of kittens everybody loves.

Thank you so much to all and every one of you. You helped us make this possible and we cannot thank you enough for all the help you provided for Grisou, Chispa and us! You guys at THS rock!


Chloe

Chloe

June 18, 2020

I adopted Chloe from the Humane Society 12 years ago when she was 6 years old and I was a naive cat owner at the time. I took her to the vets a year after adopting her. She had started showing signs of illness at that time. The vet gave me the horrible news that Chloe was suffering from a condition called mega colon. The vet informed me I had two choices: he could operate on her to remove her colon, or she would have to be euthanized. In my mind there was only one choice as I had become attached to her, operate. After 6 long hours on the operating table, including having to let her come out of the anesthetic and putting her back under, due to having to extract all of her molars because they were rotted, she made it! The recovery was difficult and long and I had to learn how to give her medication, which neither of us enjoyed at all.

After many years of close calls, enemas, extractions, and changes in food and medicine, she is the healthiest cat I have ever owned! She’s just about to turn 18 and she still acts like a kitten, playing with her toys regularly. I like to think that she stayed alive to keep me company as I isolate during this pandemic. She is my forever fur baby!


Ellie

Ellie

June 11, 2020

Ellie (formerly Cinderella)

Ellie has been the most welcome addition to my family. It was a rough start with me having to foster her because of her heart worm and parasite issues. Once she was cleared, I was able to make it official and bring her home forever. She loves her big backyard and especially loves chasing the squirrels and bunnies. She is very fast and has demonstrated great skill as a hunter. (Not something I am thrilled about). She now sports a nifty set of bells around her neck when she is in the backyard to give the wildlife a sporting chance. She has become the most affectionate and loving dog and we enjoy our walks together through the neighbourhood.

She is smart and learns very fast. I am so thankful to Toronto Humane Society for making her healthy and for making the whole adoption process so easy. I just love her to bits!


Billie

Billie

June 04, 2020

(Formerly Mercury) I adopted Billie on July 22, 2019, which happened to have been the day after my 26th birthday. I had been wanting a cat for some time, and new that for my first ever adoption I wanted it to be a kitten. When we arrived, most of the kittens had already been claimed, leaving two small black kitties ready for adoption. Back in 2017, my family had already taken in a black cat so initially, I pictured getting a kitten with a different coloured coat. However, once I saw Billie, I knew I just had to take her home. There is so much superstition around black cats being ‘unlucky,’ but she has been the complete opposite. Billie has brought so much light into my life and everyone that meets her. She’s incredibly clever, loves to chat, can sit on command, and eats any and all spiders that come my way!

Thank you Toronto Humane Society for everything you do.


Phoenix

Phoenix

May 28, 2020

My girlfriend and I adopted Andromeda from THS back in late August 2019 when she was almost 4 months old. We subsequently renamed her Phoenix and welcomed her into the home she shares with our Brooklyn. Today is Phoenix’s birthday and she is 1, has had a great year and loves her new life and furever family! I never had experience with a tortoiseshell cat like Phoenix and she has shown herself to be an amazing kitty who plays fetch, insists on sleeping under the covers with us every night and is full of so much love. ​


Sunny

Sunny

May 21, 2020

(formerly Charlie) We had a cat since July 2017 and my daughter wanted us to adopt another one. I was a bit resistant but we went to Toronto Humane Society and as soon as we met Sunny, we fell in love with him. He is so cute, joyful and playful. He keeps our other cat Summer really busy. Now he’s 8 months old, and he looks so handsome. He’s very active and makes us laugh every day. We feel so blessed to have him in our lives. Having Summer and Sunny makes our hearts bigger. They are our babies. Toronto Humane Society is awesome, they allowed us to meet different kittens until we found Sunny and they were super helpful.

Thank you for the amazing job you do, allowing humans and pets to fall in love forever! “Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened”. - Anatole France