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Mandu

Mandu

February 05, 2019

In honour of our one year adoptaversary we thought we’d give an update on Mandu (formerly known as Thomas)! From day one he was an affectionate sweetheart, and he quickly adapted to his new home. He is super mellow, and only his nemesis the vacuum can move him from any of his favourite spots. He loves being brushed and getting belly rubs any time of the day!

Though mellow, he is actually a very talkative kitty! He loves to chat and is certainly vocal about his needs. He loves watching birds, squirrels and people from his window perch. When he’s feeling playful he’ll even play fetch!

Mandu was a bigger guy when we adopted him, but we are happy to report he is no longer overweight and is staying healthy! For anyone curious, Mandu is dumpling in Korean! We thought it fit this sweet, fluffy guy perfectly! ​


Cleo

Cleo

January 31, 2019

When our 18 year old cat Ayisha passed away in 2015, we were heart broken. Our second cat, Macy became extremely lonely and we knew we needed a friend to keep her company. My daughter really wanted a dog but we all realized that having a dog would be very different than the cats, and a lot more responsibility. My daughter embarked on a mission to prove that she was responsible enough to take care of a dog, cleaning her room, doing her laundry, making her lunches and getting A’s in all her classes. After a year of extraordinary display of responsibility, she organized an information session which included a power point presentation on the benefits of having a dog, handouts with additional information, as well as follow-up emails. My husband I realized that she was extremely motivated so we all sat down and came up with the criteria for our future dog. At the top of that list was “must love cats”! I insisted on having a mature dog, not ready to deal with all the issues a puppy would bring.

In April 2017 we visited the Toronto Humane Society to see if there were any small dogs that fit our criteria. As we looked through the kennels, the small dogs all seemed extremely hyper and bouncy. The volunteer who spoke with us recommended that we look at Cleo, a 4-year old Chihuahua mix that had just been brought up from Augusta, Georgia. As we met Cleo for the first time, she seemed extremely shy and scared. As we petted her in one of the meeting rooms, we knew instantly that she was the one for us, but were worried about her relationship with Macy. We signed all the necessary paperwork, and Cleo’s medical and dental procedures were expedited. She was ready to be picked up within a week.

Macy was not thrilled with this strange new addition and initially did not want to be around Cleo, but within a short while she realized that Cleo was not a threat, and each time Cleo was taken for a walk, Macy would be waiting for her at the door. They would acknowledge each other by touching noses and would go their separate ways. There was never a question that Macy was the queen of the house, and Cleo gave her the respect any queen deserves. To our delight, Cleo was fully potty trained and we never needed to use the crate to train her. Sadly though, our darling Macy passed away the following year.

Maybe the most noticeable impact Cleo had on us has been how she has connected us to our community. As we take her on walks, we have met and gotten to know so many of our neighbors. One neighbor that has since become one of our best friends is actually a dog trainer and in just a few classes, Cleo got to learn all the basic commands. While Cleo was initially very anxious around other dogs, Cleo has since settled down and even made some good friends, going on playdates. This past December, Cleo even took part in a pooch parade to raise funds for the THS and she loved walking with all the other dogs.

Over the past 18 months, we have had a fantastic time with Cleo and while initially we didn’t know if she would have behavioral issues, we have been amazed by her sweet and lovely character. Often we ask ourselves why anyone would ever give up such a sweet dog, but we are ever so thankful she is now a part of our family. So far she has gone to with us to a cottage over the summer and to Horseshoe Resort for a skiing vacation. Having a dog has changed our perspective on vacations we take and the best ones are the ones that include her. Thanks to her love of being dressed up, she has a lovely wardrobe and at every party, becomes the center of attention with her wardrobe changes.

We are forever grateful to the wonderful staff of the Toronto Humane Society who really helped us find Cleo, and took care of all of her medical and dental needs. The follow-up emails really showed that they cared about both families and pets. ​


Kissy

Kissy

January 31, 2019

​A year ago, Kissy came up to us for chin scratches and it was love at first sight. When we took her on as a foster cat, she was too big to clean herself, and too clumsy to do every-day cat adventures. But we were determined! With the help of the humane society, we helped keep her clean, cleared up her ailments, and put her on a lean diet. Over a year later, we are happy to report that she is healthy, energetic, and jumping to new heights every day. Kissy is always the life of the party, and is never too far away if you have a piece of chicken you’d like her to taste-test.

We considered changing her name when we got her, but realized quickly how she got her name. She’s always ready with more kisses!

Thank you THS for bringing us our little furbaby, and for all the support in getting her to good health!


Cooper

Cooper

January 29, 2019

Thank you THS for introducing us to cooper (formerly pongo)!

This weekend marked his 3 month ‘“gotcha day” joining our family. He has enjoyed the hiking life so far and is a great trail dog.

I took him winter camping and hiking this weekend to celebrate to celebrate! He has been just an amazing addition to our family. There is not a day that you goes by that I don’t question how such an amazing boy ended up in the streets. He has made a ton of new friends and we meet every morning at the park. On average there is no less than 3 to 5 dogs playing at 6:30 to 7am as we stand around and laugh at their antics.

Cooper loves everyone and gives a little whimper while on a walk if he cannot say hello, he does not totally get the concept that if another dog is on the other side of the street it’s not something to cry about.


Watson

Watson

January 22, 2019

​Better late than never right? Here is a 5-year update on Watson! He turned 10 this year and we are happy to report that he still has lots of energy and is loving life. We had another medical scare with him this year that resulted in (too many) vet visits and a visit to the emergency vet, but thanks to the wonderful staff at VEC, they were able to pinpoint the issue right away and he was back to his old self within a few days.

His muzzle is a lot whiter, he snores a LOT more, and is kind of really demanding when he wants something, but Watson is still the best. Keep doing the amazing work that you do THS!


Clementine

Clementine

January 21, 2019

This is Clementine (formerly Opal). She’s the girl I didn’t know I was missing in my life until she was purring beside me on the couch. She brings endless laughs to everyone she meets and endless smiles to my life every day.

From the moment I sat beside her at THS and she melted into my lap I knew that was it, she was my girl.

Clementine’s only issue was that she had some pounds she needed to melt off (but hey, don’t we all?!) and together we’re working on her weight loss plan slowly but surely.

I couldn’t ask for a better best friend and constant companion. Thank you THS for bringing Clementine into my life!


Ginny

Ginny

January 18, 2019

​This little girl entered our life when she was about 2 months old. She was brought to the humane society and was waiting for her forever home along with 2 brothers. At first, when I looked in the cage I saw only her two brothers, then out of her box she popped her little face out and immediately I knew we had to make her a part of our family. She was such a little sweetheart. We brought her home and soon as I put her down on the floor, it was like she had lived here from her very first breath. She adapted very well, and is doing great. Her society name was Kit, but she is now known as Ginny. We love her to bits!


Cleo

Cleo

January 15, 2019
On Dec. 23, 2018 We adopted a cat, known to you as Artichoke, to us she is Cleo.

She settled right in, she’s friendly, she’s playful, and an absolute delight in our household!



Thank you THS for brightening our home with such a healthy and happy fluffy friend.


Lennox

Lennox

January 14, 2019

​Well, it has been two months since I adopted Slick Rick (Lennox now). He had to have 18 teeth removed so I brought him home on medication. He grooms himself constantly now. I was worried he could not even meow but he is the biggest talker now. Stories every day!

He hid for a few days, then, took over my condo. He loves playing (almost demands it). Loves his new food and downtown condo living, he wonders when I am moving out in fact. Such a great little friend with an amazing personality!

Thank you Toronto Humane Society, you do such a wonderful job! Acts of kindness!


Elk and Bear

Elk and Bear

January 13, 2019

​Yesterday was our 1 year anniversary with our girls.

Elk our little blondie has come a long way, she’s gaining her confidence; she walks around the house (at first she would only leave her corner when she had to go out to potty). Now she lays on the couch and comes when called (she loves her liver treats) but always makes sure she has an escape. If she get nervous or uncomfortable she will go into her room. At bedtime she loves to stretch out and get her belly rubs (it’s only a queen, so it’s very tight for us humans), and she hates car rides!!

Bear our little brindle loves her car rides but doesn’t like to be without her sister too long. She’s a lot more confident than Elk and you can see all she wants is to belong. She too loves her liver treats and at bedtime she loves to squeeze in nice and tight in between us and just purrs when she’s getting her rubbings.

When we were originally told that we probably would never be able to touch these dogs, we figured its fine as long as they are happy, safe and at peace but we are glad they were wrong. These girls love to spend time with us, and love their lovings; of course only on their terms.

We still have a long way to go and they will always have their issues but they definitely found their forever home!

We’d like to thank everyone at the THS for helping animals and giving them a safe place.