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Sneaker

May 03, 2017

In October 2001 I adopted an adult cat named Sneaker (4yrs old) from the Toronto Humane Society and actually two kittens. The kittens I adopted are long gone put to rest however Sneaker lived a long and happy life of 20 years. Today my buddy was laid to rest. Thank you for allowing me to adopt Sneaker. Best well behaved cat I have ever parented. Just thought I would share my story.


Daisy

Daisy

April 26, 2017

Hi guys!

We wanted to send you a quick update on Daisy (formerly known as Diamond Girl) as she’ll be turning 1 this Saturday, April 29. We adopted her back in November and the last few months have been tons of fun!

We knew as soon as we saw her that she was special - she stuck her paw out at us and gave us kisses through her kennel gate. We couldn’t wait to bring her home. She is such a loving pup and loves to give kisses and is a total snuggle monster. She absolutely loves the dog park and her favourite thing to do is run laps all around the park. Daisy’s got lots of energy!

Her best friend is our friends’ 3-year old Samoyed named Atlas. He’s been a great big brother to her and he took her under his wing as soon as they met. Love at first sight.

Daisy is very friendly and loves every dog and every person she meets. We’re so lucky to have found her and are looking forward to many happy years together!

Andrea & Ryan (and Daisy!)


Lady Grey

Lady Grey

April 22, 2017

Two years ago, we welcomed Shakira (now dubbed Lady Grey) to our home. She spent a few months in the feline adoption office (as seen in the top photo), and it was hard for us to take her away from her friends there. However, the environment there was a bit too hectic for her 12-year old mellow lifestyle, and now she enjoys lounging on our desk, being a hand-warmer and stress reliever. She also makes sure we stay well - getting antsy at bedtime and always hopping up to tuck us in, only to leave once we’re settled.

Lady Grey is truly part of our family, and we are so happy we adopted an elderly cat!

Cheers,

Mike


Subie

Subie

April 22, 2017

Hi! My name is Pearl Black im just sending a follow up email / update on the cat I adopted the beginning of March ! Tigger ! (Now goes by Subie) I have attached some pictures.. He is settled in his new home and has lots of toys to play with, his favourite spot in the house in right on the window sill.. He loves to observe! .. His play agression and biting is still present but we have been working constantly with him to correct it, and he is improving !! He loves to sleep right beside me everynight, and he even wakes me up every morning on time with his very loud meow when it’s breakfast ! He is not the cuddliest of cats, but he is one of the best cats I’ve ever owned. We will be making a trip in the next few months back to THS to look into finding Subie another cat friend !


Banjo

Banjo

April 21, 2017

Hi

Anyone who knows me personally will tell you that I feel lucky to have the cats thst I’ve had.

I for sure feel that way about Banjo. The first time I visited him he was in the Cat Communal Room hidden under a bath towel. One of the volunteers set me to meet him and he went from under the towel to the cardboard box. The time with him I was able to see that he was a gentle soul.

He still is. He is playful with another kitty in the home. He He plays with another indoor cat every day. Different times of the day, too.

Banjo loves it when I brush his fur. He even stretches his body and I can brush more of it!

Most moments with him are as you see in this picture: Banjo likes to be close to mama. He doesn’t mind when I hug him while he lies next to me.

He’s a teddy bear of love!


Poppy

Poppy

April 13, 2017

4 years (and a few months) post-adoption: Poppy is healthy, happy, and has her “Staff” well under control! She does better with frequent small meals, so Poppy announces “breakfast!” by pouncing on the bed at 6 a.m., comes to find me for lunch (11:30), has dinner at 6 (unless she’s hungry at 4, and then she lets me know in no uncertain terms), and has her bedtime snack at 11. She established the routine and keeps me to it.

Poppy is fed wet (canned) food. She gets a few “cookies” as a special treat. She loved salmon, but got an ugly, running sore on her chin whenever she ate any cat food containing fish, so fish has long been banished from her diet. (Her Staff has learned to read labels.) After much trial / error on my part, and a turned-up cat nose / hunger strikes on Poppy’s part, we finally found winners: a mix of Weruva chicken + Fancy Feast liver and chicken for breakfast & lunch, and Fancy Feast turkey for dinner and the bedtime snack. Poppy has been doing well on that diet for many months, with good appetite and no more face sores, and none of the constipation that she had when I first adopted her. Nor does she show the biting or other behavioural problems that made her “special needs.”

Between meals, Poppy purrs, plays, snoozes, and keeps a watchful eye on her people. Poppy won’t ever be a lap cat: She still won’t be picked up and held any longer than it takes her to get away ( = a few seconds). But ... Poppy comes when she’s called, bats her toys into whatever room I’m in, flops on the floor or climbs on the footstool and does her “cute cat wants a brushing & belly rub please” routine, and does a bed check to be sure I’m tucked in for the night before she goes off to sleep in the living-room. She spends her days in “her” chair on the enclosed balcony, but knows to come in when it gets dark outside.

All in all, Poppy is long past being a “special needs” cat — and well into just being special. Thank you to the families who gave her up, and to THS for looking after Poppy until her forever home was ready!


Callie

Callie

April 13, 2017

Hello,

This is Callie (formally Pam). She arrived into the THS in January with several other dogs from California. She was due to be euthanized in the US which still leaves me speechless. We knew from the moment we met her that she was to be apart of our family.

Callie is the most wonderful dog who has been a full member of our family since Day 1. She doesn’t bark, whine or growl…..ever! She loves playing with adults and children and is easily introduced to new situations. She has no separation anxiety, will only play with her own toys and will generally do anything that is asked of her.

She loves to go for walks and is brought out a few times in the day. We often run into the same people while out for our walks and it is now becoming a common theme for people to stop us and let us know that she is the most friendly and happy dog they have met. When she stands on her hind legs and smiles at you, you can’t help but smile back.

She is extremely friendly to everyone she meets. Her favourite thing to do is go to the dog park. She knows that while the other dogs are playing, the adults will be free to give her all the cuddles she wants. Once she is done introducing herself to everyone its time to play with her best friend the tennis ball. For hours on end, she will run after the ball and return it to our feet. She does need to be reminded to take a drink of water through it all though!

I like to think she has two personalities. She loves to play and run when she’s outside. But she loves to snuggle and cuddle when she’s inside. The perfect balance!

For anyone who is nervous about adopting a pet, please don’t be. There are plenty of dogs that need new homes. Callie has everything you want in a family pet, and it required little to no training from us.

I am so grateful for her addition into our family. I don’t think I can ever thank the THS enough.


Nyx

Nyx

April 13, 2017

Good Morning THS!

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying all of your Happy Tails and wanted to share my own.

We adopted Nyx (formerly China) from THS back in October of 2015. She was a tiny little thing with an enormous personality - completely irresistible. As soon as the adoption counselor put her in our arms, she started purring instantly - and I don’t think she’s stopped since. She’s one of the most affectionate cats I’ve ever known.

The first weekend, she was settling in nicely, until we noticed that she was having some trouble breathing through her nose, was sneezing a lot, and had watery eyes. Our hearts were breaking for our new little rescue. We rushed her back to THS, where she spent a week being treated for her URI. Your staff were amazing, giving us daily updates and constant reassurance that everything was going to be okay.

Once the quarantine period was over and we could introduce her to our roommate’s cat, Captain Jack, they became instant friends.

We were worried when we moved out on our own that she would miss her friend, but she seems to be enjoying all the attention she gets as a single cat.

Nyx has been the perfect addition to our little family and brightens our lives daily. She’s so chatty and greets us each day when we get home by flopping on the floor and demanding tummy rubs.

Thanks, THS!


Katniss

Katniss

April 12, 2017
We adopted Katniss two years ago. She is the sweetest cat we’ve ever had and brings so much joy into our lives. Our kids adore her. Katniss loves to snuggle up to our six year old at night time and greets us each morning with happy purrs.


Gallivant

Gallivant

April 06, 2017

Gallivant (formally Zappa) adopted yesterday. Just wanted to share a few pics and let you know that we bonded right away, Gal settled in immediately.