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January 11, 2021

Even though Willy has only been with us for a couple of months, we cannot imagine our lives without him.

Willy has been exploring the various parks Ontario has to offer. Whilst he is still quite reactive to other dogs, squirrels, racoons, skunks, and the occasional snowman, he seems to be calming down. Every walk is a learning experience for both of us, and a great workout to get rid of the holiday bulge.

We are working on getting him to interact with other dogs. Willy has made a friend who he has regular playdates with. We have also done some controlled introductions at the nearby dog park.

Even though he is a little crazy on walks, at home he is the perfect companion to chill out with and watch a movie. Willy is an angel in the house - a bit of a lazy angel who snores, but nevertheless it is great to come home to his lovely face and wagging tail.

Thank you very much Toronto Humane Society for allowing us to adopt Willy - we love him to bits.



January 08, 2021

We adopted Brook in May 2013 after we had an immediate connection with her when visiting Toronto Humane Society. She was about 5 when we adopted her and was quite small, perky and curious. She came from a hoarding environment and had FIV but we decided to adopt her because her personality was so charming. She did not disappoint! We were told she might need a few days to adjust to life in her new home, but within minutes of arriving she had already explored our condo, even the bathtub, and she was snuggling us on the couch.

She was a constant warm and loving companion who was with us through our wedding, the adoption of our second cat, the purchase of our house, and the birth of our son. She adapted so well to everything.

Her favourite activities included toasty naps by the fireplace, looking out the window to see birds and squirrels, snuggling on our laps, basking in a patch of sunlight, getting her belly warmed on an air vent, and rolling around on the bed while we were trying to make it.

She passed away at around 12 years old, at the start of January 2021. While we are sad that she is no longer with us, we are so grateful to have met her and shared so many years with her.

To others thinking of adopting a cat, we’ll hope you consider taking home an adult cat or one with FIV. Brook gave us so much joy and we wouldn’t change a thing.



January 07, 2021

We adopted Chewy only two weeks ago, however, he has already made an indelible impression on our family.

It is truly amazing how quickly he has settled in and made this his home. He has already reserved his own corner of the couch with a cozy blanket and pillow and knows exactly where his treats are kept after he comes in from a walk. His confidence has increased dramatically from all the strolls
around our neighborhood.

We are thrilled to give him a forever home; although, he has given us much more—the joy he brings to our family is priceless. He is such a kind, gentle, loving fellow, and we could not have asked for a better addition to our family.

Our sincere thanks go out to his wonderful foster mom, and all the incredible staff at Toronto Humane Society who helped us with the adoption process. The work you do truly changes lives.

We are looking forward to many more years of snuggles on the couch.



January 06, 2021

Becky was adopted in October 2015 at the age of two and a half. She was extremely nervous of strangers, unfamiliar streets, visiting family homes and scary sounds. This highly traumatized girl must have had a very unsettling start to her life.

5 years later, she has the reputation of being the friendliest dog in the neighbourhood. Although some of her deep-rooted fears are still present, we have learned where and with whom she’s most comfortable.

We want her life to be filled with happiness and comfort. She deserves it. Becky is my best friend and has filled what could have been a very lonely year due to COVID-19 with love and companionship.



January 05, 2021

We had been thinking about becoming foster parents for quite a while, and decided it was time to help a furry soul. We took in Sandwich as a foster without even seeing his picture, and when all 18lbs of him stepped out of the crate at home, we thought we were fostering a bear.

The hesitation and skepticism quickly disappeared as he showed us how loving and grateful he was to be with us, and within a couple of days we knew we were going to adopt him.

It wasn’t easy, but at every step his cuddles showed us how grateful he was for this second chance. After 3 months, a complementary dental surgery, a diet and plenty of exercise later, he was medically cleared, and we adopted him as soon as possible.

He has lost 4 lbs and has a lot of energy, even at 12 years old. He is a wonderful cat that loves pets, purring on laps, and always being in the same room with us. Between his unique meow that sounds like a crow, the sassy conversations we have, and the laps he runs while chasing small balls, he constantly brings joy and smiles to everyone around. He has proven that senior cats still have a lot of energy, life and love to give. And this old cat is even learning some new tricks, like sit, stay and up!

We love him and we thank the Toronto Humane Society for their help in bringing us together.



January 04, 2021

We have had our rabbit, Biscuit, for about a year and a half now. He is an outgoing and playful boy – he’s one of the most energetic, but extremely gentle rabbits. We figured a friend would occupy his liveliness. From application to application, we found the perfect bunny: Hawaii.

She is an adorable, gentle, and shy girl. Perfect for Biscuit. In fact, as her coming home celebration, we’ve renamed her Truffles. They are perfect combination: Biscuit Butters and Truffles Butters.

Their relationship is still growing, but from what we’ve seen, they will become best friends. Biscuit often flops outside her pen waiting for her to come out. She is still shy, but she comes out to give him a kiss every now and then. They haven’t explicitly met without a pen in between one another, but they are in love! We are so glad to have given our little girl a new loving, forever home.

You can also follow their adventures on Instagram.



December 30, 2020

I adopted Malachy (formerly Killian) just over 7 years ago. I had planned to adopt an older cat but came home with a 6-month ball of energy who looked more like a squirrel than a cat with his bushy tail and long nose.

Right from the start, Malachy was an exceptionally affectionate, smart and gentle. He had been surrendered by someone who was unable to keep him due to objections from their landlord. He had clearly been loved in his short life and I thank that person for bringing him to Toronto Humane Society and allowing me to become his “hu-Mum”.

Mal grew into a beautiful, big cat with the most intense eyes and a happy temperament. He wasn’t as much a lap cat as a neck cat - we both were happiest when he was curled up in my arms with his head
nuzzled under my chin.

Sadly, Malachy passed away recently due to stomach cancer. In time, I will return to Toronto Humane Society to adopt a new little friend, but I will never forget this special cat who adopted me and made my life so much better because of it.



December 29, 2020

I adopted Cosma on December 4, and although she was a bit shy at first, she’s now a very chatty cat. She wakes me up promptly with some meows at 7:45 for breakfast and loves to cuddle. She also likes to play with all the toys she’s been given, and also likes to sit on her cat condo and watch passersby from our 10th floor window.

I definitely recommend people consider opening their doors to a senior cat like Cosma. Although she has her health conditions, they are not at all hard to deal with, and with medication and vet visits she’s doing just fine. Quarantining with her by my side on the couch has been very peaceful, and she has gained many fans during my Zoom research lab meetings.



December 24, 2020

Avery (formerly Nellie) has settled in well. She seemed to bond with me right away. The whole way home (3 hours) she was nudging me for pets. She has been nothing but affectionate towards me.

Her first few days were a little hard for her, adjusting to a new doggie brother (O’Malley) and 2 cats. But it’s currently her second week with me and now her and O’Malley are inseparable! We are still working
on her being calm around the cats.

We are slowly introducing new people to her, which she has been doing great with. She has also been doing well on walks, there are not as many people or dogs out walking in Kingston.

Avery has already stolen a piece of my heart.

Pebbles and Scamp

Pebbles and Scamp

December 21, 2020

Pebbles and Scamp continue to be the love and joy of our lives. We supposedly rescued them, but the truth is they have rescued us and fill our lives with fun and “business”.

They’re older dogs now, aged 12 and 10, but they act like puppies - skipping and trotting along on their daily walks - it is hard to keep up sometimes! It is also difficult to fathom that these beautiful doggies lived their previous lives inside.

Scamp is doing well socializing with people, but Pebbles prefers other dogs as long as they are a couple of feet away.

Scampers likes to mimic his Dad’s occasional snoring in the night. We call him our little hippo as he does a very good rendition of one!

Pebbles has figured out a good method of getting treats by pretending to be a bull getting ready to charge. She stands in the middle of the room, scratches the carpet so hard she lifts herself up, growls and then stands still as a statue looking at us as, waiting for her treats. And of course, it always does.

Closing in on 3 years since that delightful day we drove to Toronto to pick them up, every day we are thankful for your great work!