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March 17, 2014

Hi everyone at the THS!

I just wanted to write you all and let you know how our furry friend is doing at her forever home.

Our family adopted Shadow late October of 2013. When first adopting her, we were unsure how affectionate the 10 year old cat would be, but our family was very pleased to have her jumping onto our laps, purring and wanting to be by our sides almost constantly.

Shadow adjusted quickly to her new home and became an important part of our family.

She loves to lie beside us on the couch, is very talkative in the morning and sometimes enjoys jumping up on our beds to sleep next to us during the night.

It’s become a little bit of a joke in our family how often Shadow likes being brushed. We probably brush her 4 times a day. She will come up to us, meowing loudly and will begin to rub her chin on the brush where we keep it by the coffee table. She is definitely spoiled, but we just can’t help ourselves!

We love Shadow so much and we’re just so thankful for how much joy she has brought into our home. We just wanted to thank all of you for helping us find her!

-The Hurfords



March 15, 2014

Dear THS Staff,

I adopted Chantel (a stray dog transferred to THS from Kawartha Lakes), now Gracie, two and a half years ago in October 2011. The day I went to the THS, I was there to specifically see a purebred chocolate Lab named Ranmaru. Upon arriving, a staff member advised me that Ranmaru needed a very experienced owner and after seeing him, I realized he was not the dog for me. Disappointed, I decided to view the adoptable dogs anyway, and that is when I stumbled upon Gracie. She was curled up on the floor in a little ball and she didn’t even lift her head when I peered into the kennel. When the lady brought Gracie into the meeting area, she immediately flopped on her back and looked up at me with the sweetest face I’ve ever seen –she was a totally different dog outside of those walls – sweet, gentle and docile – I knew she was the one for me!

Since that day, Gracie has not left my side – she is my shadow and a real “under the foot” kind of dog. Her favourite things include daily walks through Sherwood Park Ravine, chasing squirrels, running like the wind after remote controlled cars, jumping on the back of toboggans to ride down the hill, and flopping on her back for tummy rubs. Gracie has many admirers; people are always stopping us on the street to comment on how cute she is, saying that she either looks like a puppy or that she looks like a sweet senior dog.
I believe that Gracie knows that she is lucky to have been rescued, but really, I am the lucky one. I’ve been blessed with the most gentle and laid back dog who is my constant companion and friend.

Thank you THS Staff for taking such good care of my sweet girl and for your help throughout the foster and adoption process.

Isobel Osborne

Mr. Whiskers

Mr. Whiskers

March 15, 2014

My kitten, who is now about fully grown, is a true Bundle of Joy! He brings a happiness and a peace to my soul that is nearly palpable.

Please share these shot of Mr. Whiskers, (formerly called “Wesley”) with the Feline department staff. I am sure they would be interested in seeing them, especially Lynn Angus, the staffer who helped me through the adoption process.

Much thanks to ALL at THS for their great work.

Thank you.

Matthew Shapiro

Leslie and Pawnee

Leslie and Pawnee

March 13, 2014

Hi Kimberly!

Leslie and Pawnee are doing fantastic! They’re both adjusting so well! Leslie is as friendly as always and has a newfound favorite hiding spot. My hoods! Whenever I have the girls out and I have a hoodie on, Leslie insists on going into it and cuddling. It’s so cute. Pawnee has really come a long way. She went from hiding at the blink of an eye to sniffing at the cage when I come into the room and coming to the cage door when I open it. It’s such a big accomplishment for her and I’m so proud!

Thanks so much for all of your help and support, I really appreciate it!


P.S. Here are some pics of us in our lovely new home!
-Leslie and Pawnee



March 11, 2014

Hi all,

Just wanted to send a quick update on one of your little kitties that came home with me a while back. When I first adopted Rolo (formerly Julinka) she was one spoiled little kitty living in a very quiet home. She got all sorts of attention from visitors when they came over. By circumstance we ended up making a big move together, into a home with 4 more friendly faces a real big dog and a somewhat grumpy old man cat.

I am proud to say they have all become best friends, she has brought the house to life with her never ending energy. Did I mention she is one of the strangest cats ever? She absolutely loves taking baths, let’s you clip all of her nails as long as you rub her tummy and if you touch her brush, look out! She will be sitting in your lap in a heart beat.

I have never met a cat who wants to be held at all hours of the day and never fails to be in bed with you all night long. I’d like to think I was her favourite until we moved… Now she’s the cat my mom always wanted. She is of no shortage of attention that’s for sure.

Thanks for helping my family find our match!

Cheddar and Monterey Jack

Cheddar and Monterey Jack

March 09, 2014

Cheddar and Monterey Jack are ecstatic about their new home! They are settling in nicely, and love humans. They climbed onto our hands the day we brought them home!

They never bit or scratched us, and even enjoy sitting on our hands and clean themselves! They love to climb and dig and learned how to drink from a water bottle. We are very happy with our adoption.



March 02, 2014

Hi all at the Toronto Humane Society,

I adopted my most exuberant family member from you one year ago this Friday Feb 28th 2014 and I would like to say Thank-you! and let you know a bit about the life you saved and the happiness you brought to my family. Lexi, previously Elizabeth, was a small 3 month old shepherd cross pup who, from what I know, was brought back to the shelter when her family decided she was too crazy about cats to live with their kitty. I saw her online and decided despite the snow I wanted to go meet her and drove from Guelph, ON where I had been looking to adopt dog but none had been a perfect fit.

My fiancé had moved across the country and I needed a companion. When I first saw her she was sleeping on a nice bed with some toys and seemed content despite being in the new place and as corny as it sounds it was love at first sight. I brought her home that day and as soon as we got home she met her two kitty siblings, Martin and Primrose…and I have to admit I was concerned about her reaction to the cats but Martin and Lexi were instant friends and they played and wrestled and snuggled in her crate. Prim was a little shy and only came close when Lexi was napping. Lexi was completely settled and at home since I brought her in the door and she has been family ever since.

Since then Lexi has worked with me at a stable making friends with big horses, explored every inch of the Guelph dog park and woods, and went on a big 5 day road trip all the way to Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta where we now call home. She has helped foster pups from Infinite Woofs Animal Rescue Society, rehabilitating one abused lab/husky, Larry, in particular. She helped pull him out of his shell and helped him learn to trust people and he is now happily in his forever home. She has fostered puppies, taking on a few 8 week old puppies at a time letting them crawl all over her and gently playing tug with her stuffies. One pup in particular, a shepherd/akita mix, stole her heart and ours so we officially adopted Mya Nov 30th. They are an amusing and crazy loving pair.

Today Lexi is a beautiful happy dog and as much a member of our family and neighbourhood as I am and we owe it all to what you at the Toronto Humane Society do. Thank you from the bottom of my heart (and Lexi’s too)!

-Niki Kentner



March 01, 2014

Hello THS Staff,

Wanted to send a lil’ update on Lil’ Cupcake (now Selena). One day at work my beau sent me the photo of lil’ cupcake and her big expressive eyes from your site and we fell in love instantly. We dropped by THS late October, intent on taking Lil’ Cupcake home.

When we spoke to the gentleman that handled the process we were shocked to hear that the previous owners found her aggressive and disobedient. We heard she wouldn’t use the litter and was a bad cat.
However, we we’re not the least bit apprehensive and took her home as quick as we could. Within the first three hours she had made herself at home,found her litter, and followed us closely.
She was thin and just a bit shy, finding a safe spot behind the fridge if she felt unease.

Now, we couldn’t be happier with our furry companion. We no longer need an alarm, as she wakes us promptly at 7:30 everyday. She’s gained the few pounds she needed and loves to play and sleep by my side on the couch (you can see she has marked a spot for herself in the pictures). She has lovely little habits, when she marks her territory around her food it looks like shes doing a little dance, possibly the Charleston. There has been no issue whatsoever with aggression, shes nothing but sweet and lovely.

I can not thank you all enough for letting us take her home. Every morning feels like Christmas now, and i’m beyond glad I can provide a safe loving place for this darling.

Thank you,
Paige and Damien