Happy Tails

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Maeby

Maeby

December 16, 2013

Hi THS!

Every holiday season I look around and count my blessings, and every year I think about that fateful day in 2009 when I came to the River Street THS to fill the void of furriness in my life!|

After being advised against adopting the first 4 cats I liked (dietary issues, anxiety problems) I asked someone to suggest who might fit in well with three young students. Then I met Wendy (now Maeby!) - she was really vocal about wanting to get out of that box! She fit right in at home, and instantly started showing her sweet, friendly, cuddly personality. She just loves her human and cat friends!

When I first met my life partner Ben, the big test was whether or not he’d get along with Maeby. She fell in love with him instantly, and he with her. Since 2009, Ben, Maeby and I have welcomed Abby cat into the family as well. She was part of a litter at our local pet store looking for a good home. Maeby has turned into a great older sister.

Soon we moved from Toronto to Tobermory, Ontario, and then to Vancouver, British Columbia. The cats were well-behaved throughout the 50-hour drive, and we are so glad we brought them with us. They stayed in pet-friendly motels in Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Dryden, ON, Regina, SK, and Banff, AB. Every night, we cuddled up and were glad to be together.

Maeby is so happy in her little apartment in Vancouver, British Columbia. She loves belly rubs, meeting new people, and watching birds and squirrels from her many perches. Everyone who meets her considers turning into a cat person smile

Happy Holidays!
Faye


Buster

Buster

December 16, 2013

Hello everyone -

Thought you’d like to hear from Buster (a.k.a. Peppy). He’s been with us for over 4 weeks now and we couldn’t be happier. He’s settled in quite nicely in his new forever home. He’d like to wish you all a very happy holiday season!!! Thanks for all your help.

Michael and John


Scarface

December 10, 2013

Toronto Humane Society,

We are giving you an update on how our little guy Scarface is doing, we changed his name from Fellow. His first month was a bit hectic being introduced to his older sister. Once my female cat finally realized her new little brother wasn’t going away she had to accept him. He has lots of toys he enjoys playing with, hiding spots he thinks we don’t know about. Scarface and Ounce (his sister) love playing chase tag with each other usually early in the morning sometimes it ends up in a little cat spat that’s when they decide it’s sleep time.

He is used to his routine soft food feeding times which is twice a day, (there is always a full dish of hard food) he lets us know if we happen to be late. He loves his cat treats, if you’ve seen the commercial on TV for Temptations cat treats that’s Scarface’s reaction.

Even though Scarface had various medical problems when he was a kitten to this day he basically only has his eye infection which we give medical treatment for. We know he is partially blind, near sighted but other than that nothing holds him back, he is one active healthy little guy, well not so little anymore.

We thank you for letting us adopt Scarface, he is loved very much, gets lots of attention, he is never alone his sister always near by when we are both out.

We look forward to many, many happy years with Scarface.

Thanks again THS,

Ron, Yvonne and Ounce


Charley

Charley

December 09, 2013

After we lost our 15 year old Jack Russell, Joan, and mother to Jane (pictured here) we felt Jane needed a companion. We visited the Humane Society in January 2012 and a staff member (I’m sorry I can’t remember her name) helped me find a good match for Jane.

I even brought Jane into the THS to spend time with several dogs we were considering. As you can see the Vizela cross who we named Charley was a perfect match and became firm friends and very tolerant of Jane !

Jane died last summer at 14 years old and now Charley is a solo dog so I suppose at some point we will visit the THS to find a companion for Charley - she is an affectionate, very sweet and energetic dog who we love having in our lives. Jane loved her too.

Thank you!


Nala

Nala

December 07, 2013

Hello there!

I just wanted to say thank you so much for bringing Nala (formerly known and Sarita) into our lives.

We adopted her in late August and she’s one of the best things that has ever happened to us! She brings us so much joy and each and every day and I honestly have no idea how we ever lived without her.

So thank you thank you and thank you again!

Best,

Ruby and Patrick


Pepper and Milo

Pepper and Milo

December 07, 2013

Here are Pepper and Milo admiring the 6 ft Christmas tree we recently purchased and put up ready for the festive season.

We adopted them valentines day 2012 and they have been two little treasures. Pepper was in a feral colony and was taken to River Street where she had to have both eyes removed. She was cat of the week and having seen her picture on the scratching post, I had to go meet her. I’ve had a blind cat and a one eyed cat previously so Pepper had to come home with me. I asked the team to pick out a suitable companion for her. One who would not jump on her, steal her food and be a bully. Spotty was chosen as he had been observed to groom other cats. He was from a hoarders house and was very timid. At first, he would hiss at us but soon came around and is the perfect gentleman with Pepper.

They are spoiled rotten and sleep on the bed with us at night time. Pepper has mastered climbing on the bed, sofa, table and cat tree in spite of her disability. She has bags of confidence and loves food, enjoying opening the kitchen cupboards and helping herself to the bag of kibble.

Spotty was renamed Milo and he is a very affectionate little boy who loves tummy tickles, cuddles and playing with the laser pointer.

Jenny and Dean Carter


Tucker

Tucker

December 07, 2013

Hello Toronto Humane Society Family,

Does anyone remember Tucker? He was brought in as a stray (although no one really thought this to be true at the shelter) in November 2007. I saw him and knew it was meant to be. One week later he was coming home peering out of the back window of the car watching the shelter as we drove away to his new home.

Many believe things happen for a reason and Tucker has proved to me that this is true. There were 14 other people wanting to adopt Tucker the day I walked into the shelter. There was a waiting list as he was a stray and time needed to be given for his owners to claim him. When his waiting time was up I almost lost him to another adoptive parent but because I followed my instinct and took the day off work to be at the shelter before it opened he is mine today for as I was signing his adoption papers another couple stated they were here to see about adopting Tucker.

About 3 years after coming home, Tucker was diagnosed with an auto immune disease. At the time it was detrimental and seemed like our entire world came to an end. However, with me by his side through the entire process, a truly amazing internal medicine doctor at our hospital and Tuckers strong will, now 3 years later, he is now doing better than he did before his diagnosis.

When Tucker was sick I did not give up on him no matter the cost (financially or emotionally). Throughout this experience we have learned so much and grown tremendously. When he got sick everything changed. Although he ate a good high quality kibble I now (after proper doctor consults and research) happily cook 3 meals a day for Tucker and his 11 month old (cocker spaniel) brother and supplement according to their needs under guidance of a canine nutritionist. This is just one change of many. He and this experience has changed my life and in turn his, entirely for the better in too many ways to list here. His experience will not only prolong his life but continue to change the lives of many dogs to come.

More than anything I want to thank the Toronto Humane Society for giving me the gift of being Tucker’s mom. He lights up my life every single day.
We at times stop in to the shelter with donations so keep an eye out for us J

Much love,

Adrianna and Tucker


Coda

Coda

December 04, 2013

A little over a month ago my boyfriend and I adopted Coda (previously named Arizona).

She’s settled in wonderfully and is the best kitten we could have asked for. She is always purring, cuddling, and loves to play fetch! Better than some of my friends dogs admittedly…

We couldn’t be happier with this little girl and can’t wait to share the future years with her.

Thanks, THS!

Helen


Poppy

Poppy

December 02, 2013

I adopted Poppy(seed) from THS in late January 2012. My first update is posted on your site. This is a second update almost a year later: Poppy (a.k.a. Princess) has been with me since January 2012. Labelled “special needs” at THS due to her age (5 years), litterbox challenges (resolved now), and “petting aggression” (read on), Poppy has blossomed into a gentle, loving and playful girl.

Fearful at first, separated from the home she knew, lodging at THS, a brief trial adoption that didn’t work out, returned to THS = too many changes in a cat’s life. Poppy spent her first few days here (on a foster to adopt trial) in January 2012 hiding behind the sofa. THS cautioned me that Poppy didn’t like to be touched, was said to bite when petted, wasn’t a “cuddly” cat at all. She was reported to become upset when left alone. Poppy was initially a very timid and silent kitty: it was weeks before she ventured her first “mew” and she still doesn’t purr much at all. She didn’t seem to know how to play.

That was then. This is now: Poppy initiates play sessions by batting one of her toys (ball, catnip mouse, small stuffed animal) at me, or dropping the mouse at my feet. She jumps on the bed in the morning to ask for breakfast and announces with a dainty “mew” that it’s dinner time. She has discovered that a ball of yarn makes a wonderful plaything to be wound around chair legs, dragged down the hall, and batted into the room when I’ve been at the computer and ignoring Poppy for far too long. Long since out from hiding behind the sofa, the Princess now enjoys several nap locations including her throne in the computer room and her hooded cat bed when the weather turns chilly. She also loves to snooze on “her” chair on the (enclosed) balcony in the summer sun. The Princess is more relaxed if she knows there is someone home, but she does fine if left alone for a short while, too. She often greets me at the door when I come in from shopping. (“Did you remember to buy treats?”)

Princess Poppy still doesn’t like to be picked up, but she comes looking for, and never says no to, slow stroking under the chin or a scratch behind the ears. (She flops on the floor for this.) In recent weeks she has taken to settling onto the arm of the sofa for a minute of gentle petting during my night-time TV watching. In her own time, in her own way, and if / when it’s her idea, Poppy does enjoy a cuddle! My thanks to THS for looking after Poppy until her forever home was ready. It’s taken many months, but the Princess has progressed from “special needs” to “special”.

She didn’t come gift-wrapped, but she is a lovely gift!

Christine Jarvis