Happy Tails

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Shaco and Eli

Shaco and Eli

October 30, 2014

Hello!

I just wanted to contribute to the love of black cats this Halloween and give you a happy tail update one year after adopting 2 brothers from the Shelter.

We adopted Shaco and Eli (formally Puss and Boots) one year ago. In this year, Eli (the tabby) has gone from incredibly shy and wary of us, to allowing us to pick him up (makes going to the vet easier) and coming up to us for pets. Watching him warm up to us has been incredibly rewarding!

Shaco (the black cat) has always been incredibly friendly. His need for constant attention suits my need for company and affection. Before adopting him, I never thought much of the appearance of black cats but I was very, very naive. He is beautiful!! Sometimes, when the light spills on to his black fur, I find myself catching my breath.

Last week we came home after a week of being away (they were cared for by a neighbour) and I knew that they needed some TLC. Sure enough, the three of us spent 2 hours on the couch cuddling! One last thing I need to share: every time we come home we are greeted at the door by both of them. We are so grateful for our family! Thank you for all your work!

Naomi Ross


Neko

Neko

October 28, 2014

My husband and I adopted “Gilda” (now Neko) just over three months ago and we love her to absolute pieces! She is such a treasure and she brings us so much happiness with her curious, gentle and energetic personality. We wanted to thank you for bringing us together with our special girl!! Here she is getting a cuddle smile


Reef and Nori

Reef and Nori

October 27, 2014

Hello,

We hope that this email finds you well. It has now been over a month since we formally adopted Jelly Tot and Pixie Stix after fostering them for about four months. We wanted to pass along an update on them and information for your consideration for Happy Tails.

We had previously adopted Roy and Hailey from THS about two and a half years ago. We renamed them Riptide and Zuma after our love for the beach and the ocean. We have dubbed them the Beach Buns. Riptide and Zuma were the first rabbits that we have had the privilege to own and they have brought immense joy to our lives. After a few years with these beautiful buns, we started thinking about adopting another pair in hopes of bonding four rabbits together. This brought us back to THS in May 2014 where we met Jelly Tot and Pixie Stix for the first time. We were immediately drawn to these gorgeous bunnies. Their sizes were comparable to Riptide and Zuma’s. We were surprised to learn that these two sweethearts had been at THS for approximately six months. Given that we had no previous experience with bonding rabbits, we decided to initially give fostering a try with Jelly Tot and Pixie Stix. The four months of fostering them was so rewarding. Pixie Stix turned about to be a gentle giant and Jelly Tot has a lot of spunk and character. These two immediately touched our hearts. We have slowing been trying to integrate them into our household by letting them get comfortable in their new environment and allowing them to see and smell Riptide and Zuma without the ability to have physical contact in order to avoid fights. The bonding process has been slow as the fur has flown when the four buns are allowed contact with each other. Despite the slow bonding process, we quickly realized that we could not ever imagine returning Jelly Tot and Pixie Stix to THS. In September 2014, we decided to end the fostering arrangement and formally adopt them. Now that the adoption is official, we have renamed Jelly Tot to be known as Reef and Pixie Stix to be called Nori. Our Beach Buns bunny fluffle has now expanded and we hope to continue the bonding process with these four adorable loving souls.

Thanks so much!

Sara Duffus-Martin & Jeremy Martin


Sylvester

Sylvester

October 23, 2014

Good afternoon to all the staff at the Toronto Humane Society!

Today marks my one-year anniversary, for my cat Sylvester to live with me. His former name was Dolce Vita, but I have changed his name to Sylvester.

October 23, 2013 was the date that I have adopted my cat Sylvester; as a result, my cat turned seven years old a month ago as his date of birth is September 17, 2007.

During my cat’s recent arrival to my apartment on this date of a year ago, my cat was always shy of me that he was always hiding behind the sofa bed and/or kitchen counters most of the time. When time passed by, my cat felt very comfortable with me that he wasn’t shy anymore.

After my cat felt comfortable living with me, he began to enjoy in lying down on top of my tummy overnights during the fall and winter seasons, so he can feel my love and warmth of my body. This past summer, my cat never lied on top of my tummy anymore, but since the summer season has ended, my cat has began to lie on top of my tummy again overnights.

I do like it so much whenever my cat lies on top of my tummy while I am in bed because I love him so much; therefore, I do enjoy to feel his love and warmth of top of my tummy.

P.S. I would like to thank the staff because all of you did a great job in helping me finding the right cat. I don’t mind you share my story about my one-year anniversary to adopt my cat on Facebook as I do access that social site most of the time, and I would like everyone to know that how much I love my cat.

Yours truly

Daisy


Watson

Watson

October 20, 2014

Dear THS,

About a year ago, we adopted Watson (previously Ricky) from you, and I am pleased to tell you that it has been a wonderful year indeed. Watson is a medium sized pug/sharpei mix. When we adopted him, we were told of his previous medical issues (bladder stones requiring surgery, cherry eye) and the extra care and responsibility that it would require (e.g. prescription dog food, possibility of recurrence with both conditions). I met Watson anyway, and instantly fell in love with his wrinkly, squishy face. After discussing the decision with my boyfriend, we decided to bring him home with us.

I have to admit the first few months were difficult. He was great with doing his business outside, but was prone to peeing once either of us came home after being alone for a few hours. After looking this up online, I figured it was either from excitement or submissive peeing, so we learned to ignore him once we came home until he calmed down and then he would be okay. Walking him was also a battle where I often felt my arm would become detached from my body. He might not look too big from the picture, but looks can be deceiving! I found myself asking my boyfriend to walk him a lot more just because he was stronger and could handle him better. Eventually I learned that I would have to wrap the leash around my hand and give him little leeway, and that brisk walks were the way to go. Not only did it tire him out more, he wasn’t distracted as easily and could focus. Now I can give him quite a bit of slack and he walks like a gentleman (for the most part).

We’ve come a long way since a year ago, and I want to thank the staff at THS for all the help, guidance, and work that they do. I considered myself a resident “camper” once I decided I wanted a dog, and visited the THS more times than I would like to admit during that month and a half. Watson is a happy dog, a lazy cuddle-bug when at home (as you can see in the pictures) and super happy with his long walks and park visits. Thanks again for everything!

JN and RT


Brenda

Brenda

October 19, 2014

Hello,

Just an update about Brenda, a lovely cat, that Mark and I adopted about 7 months ago. She has settled in and “rules” the house. She is incredibly spoiled and loved. She loves spending the afternoon sleeping on the bed or laying in the window soaking up the sun. She is an absolute gem and we enjoy having her as part of our family.

Mike and Mark


Andy and Lars

Andy and Lars

October 14, 2014

My name is Patrick and I adopted the 2 most amazing cats in the world. When I stepped into your building back in Feb, 2010, I met a bonded pair named Andy and Lars. You guys were swamped and had so many cats to find homes for. I remember you giving me a deal. 2 cats for the price of one, if I took both. Well the cats chose me. And I’m happy to say that they are still very much happy and healthy cats. And very much bonded as you can see.


Jack and Tye

Jack and Tye

October 14, 2014

In the spirit of upcoming Meowember, we would like to show our support with updates from Jack & Tye.

We adopted Jack and Tye during the Meowember of 2012. We wanted to adopt at least one black cat. Black cats have very affectionate purrsonalities, but we know that they are less likely to be adopted. When we browsed the THS online pictures, we saw Tye’s picture, and fell in love immediately with that curious-looking black kitten. Jack is Tye’s fraternal twin brother, and charmed us with his beautiful tabby pattern fur coat and the adorable face. We kept the names that THS gave them, as a reminder of all the wonderful staff and volunteers at the THS who took care of them before we adopted them.

In the two years time, they have grown into happy, playful and affectionate cats. Tye plays fetch with small toys just like a little puppy, and Jack likes to catch the big rat toy and show off that he’s the “breadwinner” of the family.

We hope that Meowember 2014 will be a great success!


Scaramouche

October 14, 2014

Hello,

I just wanted to drop you a note to let you know how happy Scaramouche and I are. Such a sweet little girl!! She is feeling very at home and her personality has come through. I think Scaramouche thinks she’s a little ninja with the teeniest squeek of a meow!

She loves her scratching post and took to it no problem. Using the litter has been a breeze and she can’t get enough playtime with all her new toys.

And she likes her water. Drinking and playing! I take a lot of baths and naturally Scaramouche has been curious and I often find and hear her pitter patter in the bathtub. What a little character!

Thank you for making the adoption\set up of Scaramouche so easy!!

Kevin


Cara

Cara

October 05, 2014

I just wanted to tell you how happy I am to finally get to say that Cara is all mine. I love having her she brightens up every room in the apartment. She loves to run trails and play with her sister. We still have work to do with her relationship to new dogs and other small animals but she is up for the challenge. She is also taking to dog pulling like a champ and I cannot wait to get her into agility. Thank you for bringing her into my life.

Here are pictures of some of her favorite pass times.