Happy Tails

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Maya

Maya

April 03, 2020

(Formerly Mattie) When we first got Maya she was nervous. We don’t know what she went through perviously when she came from Tennessee to THS. Stairs were her biggest fright. However, diligently we worked on it. Every little thing she had been scared of she overcame and blossomed into this sweet, gentle, loving dog. Everyday she became more confident and seemingly her true self. I could not have asked for a sweeter girl. Maya has made our family more whole. We helped her, but she has really helped us. Thank you to THS staff who allowed us to see her regularly the week before we could take her home. It really helped. Maya has made everyday brighter.


Ruben

Ruben

March 26, 2020

(Formerly Harry Potter) Ruben was one of the cats brought in with the New Jersey group in February of last year. He is thriving, happy and is loved. We couldn’t ask for a more kind, quirky and beautiful cat. While the year has had a couple ups and downs, including what we think is a diagnosis of FLUTD, the good outweighed the bad and the relationship we have with him has never been better. His vet consistently says what a cool guy he is and how easy his appointments are.

Rueben is extremely high energy and giving him the exercise and play time he requires helps us manage his FLUTD better. He is super intelligent and often surprises us with how smart he is. His brain is constantly thinking and his body can catch a mouse mid air like nobodies business. Brains and braun! His favourite toys are fishing rods with mice and jingle bell balls. He loves the meat tube treats and still hasn’t learned how to sleep without taking up 2-3 feet of space. He can run through tunnels with dynamic agility and loves when you kiss his cheeks when you get home after work. It’s very European of him.

While he’s still not a big talker, he can purr so loudly. And he does so often. Thank you again for introducing us to him. We are so glad to have been provided the opportunity to do so.


Robina

Robina

March 12, 2020

I am so pleased to tell you that Robina is loving her new home and we are absolutely loving Robina. Her car ride home was calm and flawless. She entered into her new home, took a sniff around and jumped up onto my bed without any prompting and went to sleep.

She is eating well and loves to be snuggled in a light weight cozy sheet. After her first night where she slept at the bottom of my bed, she now snuggles in next to me while she sleeps. In the morning, she wakes up with her tail wagging and her paws on my chest and gives lots of kisses.

We have been on many walks around town, down to the pier and on a beautiful country walking trail. She has a new harness and walks well with it. She is as happy as we are. We keep saying this is the best dog we’ve ever had….and all my dogs have been great. She is GREAT!!! Thank you Toronto Humane Society for trusting me with Robina and the great job you do in vetting potential pet owners. Robina is awesome!


Stevie

Stevie

March 06, 2020

I adopted Rasmus, whose name is now Cat Stevens (nickname Stevie). The first few days he was curious, but a little bit cautious, and now he is very comfortable exploring around the house and finding his favourite spots to sit. He likes looking out the window and sitting on the heating vents. Stevie loves to curl up next to you or on your lap on the couch, and will often flop over on the floor and roll around showing his belly. He loves getting head scratches and long, firm pats down his back.

Mealtime might be his favourite time of day, and he will yell at you while you prepare his breakfast (we are working on training to calm him down a little). Stevie loves his scratching posts and scratching board, and in the evening he gets the zoomies and runs around and is ready to play. He lets you know he wants to play by standing on the stairs, looking at you, then chirping and running upstairs. It’s very cute! He is extremely curious, wanting to crawl into every cupboard or drawer you open to look inside.


Raven

Raven

February 29, 2020

It’s been about 5 months since we adopted Raven. Before we fostered her, my family and I were dog people, but we decided to give the world of cats a try and so we chose to foster Raven. She’s honestly the most loving cat ever and to our luck she behaves like a dog most of the time. Everyone that enters the house she must see and receive pets from her. She is the best during our travels and so far she has come with us from Toronto to Orlando, Florida to Atlanta, Georgia and back to Toronto in the car with us. Raven loves Friday nights since they are movie nights and by 8pm she takes her place on the carpet facing the TV. She loves to be around people and other animals. She is really curious so we are starting leash training soon. Thank you for helping animals the way you do.


Buddy

Buddy

February 21, 2020

I wanted to write to the you, the Toronto Humane Society, to thank you. I didn’t know walking into the Humane Society July 2006 would change my life forever! I thought I was walking into to save a life but actually, Buddy saved mine. He was with me through all my ups and downs. We had 15 wonderful years together and I hope he was happy with the life I was able to provide for him. I believe Buddy was my guardian angel and we were meant to meet the day I walked through those doors.

My baby Buddy peacefully passed away in my arms January 29, 2020 after 15 amazing, definitely not long enough years. It’s been extremely difficult to cope with his loss, he was my everything. I am grateful and blessed that he chose me to be his mommy that day and I am thankful to the Humane Society for allowing me the privilege and honour to adopt the most amazing and wonderful dog, my best friend, Buddy.


Lucky

Lucky

February 13, 2020

We adopted Lucky Prince Stephano (formerly Mr. Stephano), a Border Collie, at your facility on October 27, 2013 as a senior dog, who was brought to the THS from Woodstock. Lucky had an incredibly eventful, happy, fun, comfortable, yet health challenged filled life, but it was astonishing how resilient and life-loving Lucky was while fighting, earning the nickname of a “Miracle Dog” at our doctor-veterinarian’s practice. Lucky lived six happy years with us in addition to his already deep senior years, and it is with great sadness that he passed away naturally, at home, in our loving arms on November 7, 2019.

Lucky had an extraordinary, stellar life force that allowed him to champion every challenge, no matter how severe or potentially deadly it was, and rise with dignity, fighting for every breath, every step, every hour. He was faithfully by my side for years while I was writing my PhD dissertation, but regretfully, he did not make it to the doctoral defense, having passed away three weeks before my big day.

The lantern of Lucky’s heart will forever illuminate our lives, and we are so grateful for all the incredible years of joy and love he gave us.


Carousel

Carousel

February 06, 2020

Proudly, I successfully adopted Carousel in the fall of 2019 after fostering her. Carousel is an incredible and phenomenal cat and we are more than happy and thrilled to have her with us at our home for the duration of her natural life. Initially, she was transferred from another shelter as a special needs feline.

We love, adore and cherish Carousel and look forward to seeing her continue to be healthy and happy. She has become a sensation among our neighbours and their children too as they give her a pat and say hello when they see her. I encourage anybody to Foster and/or Adopt from The Toronto Humane Society. You never know until you try. I cannot tell you how an animal makes an incredible and positive difference. Thank you Carousel and The Toronto Humane Society.


Sammy

Sammy

January 31, 2020

My family and I adopted Sammy back in June. We visited the Humane Society every weekend to look for a dog that we felt was perfect for us. That’s when my dad had spotted Sammy. I think it was the fact that he had one brown eye and one blue eye that caught his attention. We then asked about him to the staff and they said that he was not available for adoption yet. My sister and I then called everyday, checking to see if he was available. The moment he was, we then ran to the Humane Society and set up the meet and greet for Sammy. Sammy was so sweet and friendly and I knew instantly the moment that I met him he was the one for us. Ever since we adopted Sammy, he has become my best friend. We love cuddling together and playing chase both inside and outside. He went from a puppy who only knew how to sit, to a puppy who can roll over, shake a paw, spin, lie down, and so much more. Thank you Toronto Humane Society for giving me a new family member. My family and I are forever grateful. We love you Sammy!


Chonk and LB

Chonk and LB

January 23, 2020

When we saw the picture of Little Boy (formerly Mr. Corney) and his sweet little face and eyes, we knew he was the one. When we went in to go see him, we were told that he was actually part of a bonded pair. As soon as we met Chonk (formerly Mayle) and LB, I think we knew right away that we wouldn’t be able to say no to both of them. They warmed up to us immediately and we loved how floofy they were. We were told that they had just been returned from a previous adoption and we knew it was meant to be.

Once we got them home, they didn’t even last ten minutes in the sanctuary room before they wanted to go explore. Chonk was immediately comfortable but poor LB hid in a closet for weeks. LB was really anxious and really small compared to Chonk when we got them. We figured out it was because Chonk was always stealing LB’s food. We started feeding them separately and noticed positive changes in LB. He finally warmed up to us and wouldn’t hide in the closet all the time.

They both turned 8 last month. LB put on a couple of kilos and is now considered healthy. They are also now West Coast Kitties! We moved to Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. They traveled so well on the plane and adjusted to their new home no problem. Yesterday was our one year adoptaversary and one year as a family. They are silly, sassy, great little snugglers and we can’t imagine life without them. We are so happy we ended up with two and would adopt all of the kitties if we could.