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January 27, 2015

Three years ago, my family and I adopted Azzy. He is a Siberian Husky mix with a very laid back personality. We arrived at the Toronto Humane Society and he hid in the back of the cage, not even lifting his head. But when we took him in for the meet and greet, things were very different! Lots of kisses from the lovable guy! We instantly fell in love!

He is now 4 years old and he has been the center of our lives ever since. He is the most kind, gentle and loving dog. But this year, we realized something was missing. Azzy needed a brother or sister! So, On January 25th 2015, we decided to take a trip to the Toronto Humane Society and see if we could find a brother or sister for him. Turns out, we did!

His name was Beethoven, a 6 month old Border Collie with quite the personality! The brothers had a meet and greet and were friends almost instantly! We knew he was the perfect addition to the family and adopted him that day! We changed his name to Oliver and gave him a loving home, along with a great older brother! Things in the household are so much greater now that we have given two dogs a forever home and we couldn’t be happier!

They truly are the greatest! They love each other so much and we love them even more!
Thank you so much to the Toronto Humane Society for helping us find our family members! We are forever grateful!

Christina, Azzy and Oliver



January 27, 2015

Good Afternoon Everyone THS

Just under 4 months ago Mitch and I adopted Leticia (known as ‘Latisha’) a short haired Chihuahua when she was 3 years. She was not very well trained at the time, very timid and shy. In the short time we have had her she has come out of her shell, curious about others and be social with friends and other pups alike.

Her favorite pass time is to relax on the bed, couch or take walks with her warm sweaters. She can be quite the diva concerning the food she likes or treats but we are more then happy to make sure she gets what she likes. She is a very kind, affectionate pup who loves to cuddle and get her back rubs but best of all is the bond that we all have in the short time.

Thank you so much to Larissa and the THS team who helped with the adoption process and for introducing us to our growing family.

Will and Mitch xo



January 21, 2015

Jello (formerly known as Peng Peng) isn’t the most affectionate cat, usually only rubbing up against you when he’s hungry. I was LOOKING for an older cat, with less energy that just wanted to cuddle. I got something better.

In the beginning I wondered if I could handle this cat. He bit and scratched and didn’t really like people.

But in the middle of the night I saw him playing and I knew then that he was going to be slow to warm up. He was just getting out of a six year break off with his old family and stepping into our family of five and two cats was going to be a struggle for him.

We patiently waited for him to come to us. He came running and began to bite my feet in the morning and not let go (now he does it to stuffed animals… I guess he like soft things?)

He made good friends with Amoeba, our other large cat and they chase each other up and down the stair case (at five in the morning no less).

We had our ups and downs with this cat. I pretty much cried at the thought of returning him to the shelter and I refused to do so.

Now we love him. He is a perfect fit in my life style where I’m nearly never home. He comes home to greet me and makes noises at me when I leave. I come back and find him sleeping on the couch or sitting in the bath tub.

Jello is the best.

—More than six months in. Looking forward to Jello’s 7th birthday soon.



January 17, 2015

Pictures from Ivy Taylor-Munro’s first week. smile

Thank you,

Anastasia & Chris.



January 14, 2015

Hello! This is an update about Midnight, the lovely cat who was adopted by his new family in July 2011. I wanted you all to know, that he is doing really well and is very happy and content. When we adopted him, we were told that he had a heart condition. He is now on medication for it, but is stable and continues to be very active. His Mom who is a nurse takes great care of him. He has captured all of our hearts and is a very important part of our family. He is so full of love, social, friendly, playful, calm, patient and loyal. We are so blessed to have him! Thank you THS for taking care of Midnight before he found his FOREVER home. We love and adore him so much! Here is Midnight cuddling with his stuffed animal toys!



January 14, 2015

Bunsen’s Happy Tail!

It was just over six years ago that Bunsen became a part of our family. He was the first rabbit (his name was Titan at the time) to show the most interest in us when we went to the THS to “just have a look” at the animals waiting for a new home. Since that day, we have become experts on rabbit behaviour and care, and have found a wonderful specialized vet in the city. Bunsen has lived with us in two apartments and now, our new house. He has always been allowed to roam around (supervised and after much “bunny-proofing”) and has a cage that he treats as his bedroom. To our surprise, Bunsen came to us litter-trained and with a very affectionate and easy-going personality. He enjoys cuddles and hugs, the occasional run around outside, and shows off how excited he is with binkies (special bunny jumps) and bounces. He comes to us when we call him, and for a while we were clicker training him. He is easily motivated by food (healthy things like vegetable scraps and very small amounts of fruit like banana or blueberries) and does well with positive reinforcement. We have learned so much from this little guy, especially because we were previously used to having dogs as pets (being a prey animal, rabbits have very different behaviour than dogs). He can be shy around new people and loud noises, but tolerates our social life as long as he is made comfortable in his own bunny space. He is always happy to see us, and shows us how much he loves our company by flicking his head back and forth, or “flopping”, something he started to do within the first couple of days after coming home with us.

Three years ago Ninja became a part of our family. She is a sweet but salty little girl who has had a not so nice past. Left abandoned in a filthy cage outside, we came to her rescue, knowing how wonderful a rabbit could be and assuming that another family would be happy to have her. To make a long story short, that family turned out to be ours (!), and now Bunsen has a new best friend. After a slow and trying six-month bonding period, Bunsen and Ninja now happily spend their days together, playing, grooming, and snuggling, and we have learned how to care for Ninja in a way that works for her.

Although keeping rabbits isn’t for everyone, we have been pleasantly surprised at the love and affection, intelligence, curiosity, and adventurous spirit that these sweet creatures have to share.

A special thank you to Ruth Anne (not sure if you are still at THS) for having us pass a test before adopting Bunsen and for provide us with a wealth of information about rabbits. Also thank you to Dr. Munn for being the most knowledgeable and caring rabbit-specialized vet in the city!




January 14, 2015

Hello friends!

Just wanted to let you know that Penguin is doing great. Within a few minutes of being here he left his bonding room, toured around the house and has been confidently strutting around ever since. He loves sleeping under the dining room table, on the chairs hidden away while we are gone but he also loves the couch and my laundry hamper hah. His appetite is good, he eats all his food in one sitting and has had healthy ‘messes’ in his litter box. He seems very relaxed here.

One thing I’m a little concerned about is his itchy skin but I believe that’s why we were given the omega supplements, so I’m hoping he has some relief soon! Oh and he seems to drink a ton of water but perhaps it’s because of his dry skin.

Anyways we are doing great here. He acts like he’s lived here all his life and seems very confident with us. Thanks so much for everything guys, you rock. It must feel great taking care of all these sweet animals and finding them forever homes.

All the best,

Kathleen, Braden and Penguin!!



January 08, 2015

We fostered Nola when she was brought in with all the puppies from the reserve up north. My husband immediately fell in love with her, (the big dog he always wanted) as did the children.

I was blown away by how smart she already was when she got to us, and how quickly she learned what was expected of her.

She got along with our resident dog Lucy, and Cody was a bit jealous of her.

We adopted her officially on New Year’s Eve, and she is happily settled in, and was very happy when we picked her back up.

We now have 3 dogs, plus the cat and the rabbit! Never a dull moment here!



January 07, 2015

Hi there!

I just wanted to send you a quick note regarding our recent adoption of ‘Bobcat’ from the Society on December 21.

We are so incredibly happy to have Bob, as he now goes by, in our home! He is so sweet and loves to cuddle, and even to be picked up and held like a baby, which I have never seen before in a cat! Bob immediately explored our condo to discover his new environment, and rubbed up against our legs and ‘head butted’ us throughout. He always lets us know when he wants attention, and he has loved meeting our extended family for visits. Bob loves to look out the windows, and found himself a bed right near the window in our bedroom. Likely due to my love to talk to him, Bob has become very chatty and meows lots to take part in our conversations at home.

We are so thankful for all of the hard work of the staff and volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society. The volunteer notes on Bobcat’s cage when we walked through were so spot on and really helped us to make our perfect choice.

Bob has also been to our local vet twice, and we are happy to announce that he now has a clean bill of health - his ears are much better, no head tilt, and he is so happy to be off of antibiotics. Bob is also on track with his weight loss plan, and loves to play and impress us with ‘backflips’ when we play with his new ‘fishing rod’.

I have attached a few pictures for your viewing pleasure! Bob loves to scratch, but has been VERY good at not scratching furniture, and instead took fondly to his ‘chaise lounge’ scratch pad and scratching post.

Thanks again for all of your hard work, and for helping us to find Bob! We love him SO much!

Jess, Kyle, and Bob



January 04, 2015

Rufus (formerly Hermit) is amazing. We’ve had him for 2 days but he’s already a part of our family.

He was anxious around new spaces like the kitchen and our stairs but is slowly making himself at home. He loves to run around our yard.

Attached are some pics. Will send more soon.

Thanks for all the hard work you all do for these animals.

Darryl and Irit