Happy Tails

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Jill

Jill

March 27, 2015

Hi THS! Just had to let you know how Jill is doing. We adopted her about two months ago. We kept her name because it suited her. She was in foster care and you brought her in for us to take her home. She was so shy. Well she’s worked herself through that shyness and is the princess of the house! She loves to play with her red beam light and her stuffies with a little catnip! She likes to snuggle on her terms or have her naps on my bed. We love her so much! She has brought so much love to our home and we look forward to many more years with her. Thank you THS for everything you do to help make animals’ lives so much better!!


Leopold and Morris

Leopold and Morris

March 25, 2015

We could not be happier with Banshee (now (Aldo) Leopold) and Marauder (now (Woodchuck) Morris). They are lovely rats and full of energy. They love getting out of their home and exploring new areas (like a rat proofed bedroom). They also really enjoy trying new foods and appear extremely fond of oats and bananas. They have very different personalities. Morris is the leader but still enjoys his snuggles. Leopoldo is an adventurous adrenalin junky (climbing is his favourite past time) and he likes to give kisses.

We were a little nervous to introduce Leopold and Morris to our much smaller and older neutered male rat, Stalio. At first it seemed as though Stalio would just not get to join in snuggles with the new brother pair. However, with some time getting to know each others smells and a few smell masking technique our boys are a tight knit rat pack. They are almost always sleeping together in their hammock and they enjoy chasing each other when out playing.

Thank you Toronto Humane Society for giving our rat babies a second chance and for the chance for Stalio to be part of a family again.

Heather and Kevin


Pepito

Pepito

March 24, 2015

As you can see Pepito is adjusting well, exploring all over and trying to be a friend to Chica. He hasn’t completed succeed but he is getting there, as you see in the pictures. He is very affectionate and curious and like to wake us up and setting himself in the middle!

Hearing his purring is like listening to a running motor! We love him!


Lemon & Lime

Lemon & Lime

March 15, 2015

On October 5, 2014 we added a bonded pair of Australian budgies to our family and flock. Yes, of course our 4 birds at home are quite vocal, but I was missing the melodious chatter of a budgie. On the day that my daughter and I went down to the Humane Society , there was a bonded pair available for adoption. Once we were cleared for the adoption, by Devon Smith, and we had our new charges all packed up, we started for home.

Lemon and Lime reside in a cockatiel-sized cage, with various toys and a swing big enough for the two of them! From the first meeting, they were not at all afraid of our other 4 birds (Senegal, cockatiel, sun-conure and green-cheeked conure). These other birds also enjoy spending time on the budgies’ cage, and the budgies seem to really enjoy the other birds hanging around their cage. If Lemon and Lime are both chattering back and forth, then forget about holding a conversation with anyone in the same room!!

We are all delighted with Lemon and Lime = they play with their toys, groom each other, play with their toys - both together and separately, chatter throughout the day, and hold “conversations” with each other. These conversations, that they have between each other, are really something to watch as well as listen to. There is such a look of seriousness and concentration on their faces, that we just marvel at them. It did not take them long at all to adjust to the rhythm and schedule of the family. They seemed to settle in quite nicely. Having them learn to step up onto a finger will still take some time. We will, of course, proceed at their pace. They are not quite understanding, that when the night-time cover goes on the cage - that it is time for quiet!

They truly seem happy in our home and everyone is happy to have them with us. This includes our 5 family members and our 4 original flock members.


TJ

TJ

March 13, 2015

Hey there,

Just wanted to pass on some photos of TJ all settled in. He has been so happy here. After the first week he started wanted to play more and more every day. He also demands to be brushed every day as well as a hug every time I come home from work. He has such a lovely personality! We are very happy. Thank you so much!

Ernest Gleeson


Duke & Betty Boo

Duke & Betty Boo

March 12, 2015

After losing a huge member of our furry family to Cancer in late 2011 we definitely wanted to give a chance to another dog who needed a home as well as fill an empty void in our hearts and home. Of course our first thought was “Toronto Humane Society”!! Being a sucker for dogs of any shape, size, age or condition I feared going to the shelter and physically looking as I knew that I would not be able to take just one (or two) home…. so I went online. Low and behold the very first dog that I saw was “Chaplin” – now called Duke!

I fell in love instantly and called my husband to let him know I was going over at lunch hour to meet this amazing boy! His journey in life had been a rough one based on all the medical issues he was enduring. The amazing doctors at the Toronto Humane Society were getting him back onto a healthy future by removing his femur bone on one leg that had been broken and healed incorrectly, heart worm, whip worm and other problems. He had a long road ahead of him and needed a “foster” home where he could recover in love and warmth until he was well enough to be adopted. After many trips back and forth to the Humane Society to treat his aliments and to hydrotherapy appointments to get his hip/leg stronger ……. He was ready to be adopted!

I can’t tell you how happy we were to finally get to adopt him permanently!!!! If you could see him today tearing around the pool everyday…..you would never believe that he had a problem with his leg/hip. I must tell you that he NEVER barked – EVER!!!! We’re not sure if he had been severely disciplined for barking in his young life…..but you will be happy to hear that after 2 years……he now barks! And it sounds BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!

Well…..as I stated earlier…..we love dogs. Now that Duke was happy & healthy and he was cool with the small dog that we already had at home …I saw that a little 10 year old dog was looking for a home! She looked just like our other small dog at home. Off to the Humane Society once again! Make a long story short……we adopted “Betty Boo”. Although she only has 2 teeth and her eye sight and hearing are not the best – she has fit into our family beautifully. Duke and our small dog definitely knew that Betty Boo was the senior and they always let her eat and drink first!

This all happened in 2012! Wow ……. how time flies. They are all very happy and so are we!!!!!
I could go on and on about our adopted family…….but I want to make sure you have room for other stories so I will stop before it turns into pages! We have been soooooooo blessed by the Toronto Humane Society. They are so caring and give the animals a deserved second (or sometimes, third, fourth….etc.) chance at a good life! I don’t know what we would do if we didn’t have our furry family! They bring us such joy, laughter, companionship and love!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for saving all the animals! If it was not for you we would not have our beautiful family “Duke” “Betty Boo” and “Chloe”. As you can see from the pics……life is tough! Lol

Sincerely,
Sandra & Steve Monaghan
Scarborough


Khaleesi

Khaleesi

March 09, 2015

Khaleesi is a loving, adorable and curious cat who captivated the whole families attention and would stick her little paws out of the cage to say hello! She loves to be alone sometimes but other times she will cuddle up with you when she gets lonely. She’s not a fan of getting her nails clipped but it’s worth it to not put her through the pain of declawing. She was a bit of a little girl when we got her and had a bit of a fever for a few days but with the help of the humane society we were able to make sure to give her water and rest and now she’s a healthy, active cat who loves to play an jump around.


Pekoe

Pekoe

March 05, 2015

My husband and I adopted Winnie from THS 2 weeks ago and she has stolen our hearts. We renamed her Pekoe after Orange Pekoe tea and she already comes when called, so I guess she likes her new name as much as her new forever home.

When we first brought her home, she wasn’t feeling well so we had to bring her back to THS for treatment, but three days later we got to bring her home again and she is now off her medicine and healthy. So special thanks to the vets that helped Pekoe feel better!

She has since made our family complete, and we all love to snuggle on the couch for movies. She is the most affectionate and well behaved cat I have ever met, but she still knows how to have a good time! She loves to chase after her toys and explore the tops of all our bookshelves and window sills. She also loves being involved with whatever we are up to and follows us around, ready to curl up at our feet or on our laps whenever she can. Pekoe even lent a helping paw in the typing of this story!

Thanks, THS, for bringing us together and making us a happy family!

Andrea, Scott and Pekoe


Kiedis & Flea

Kiedis & Flea

March 05, 2015

Dear THS,

About a month ago I adopted Bumblebee & Grasshopper from you and renamed them after Red Hot Chili Peppers’ band members Kiedis & Flea. This was the first time I had adopted an animal and it was a great experience. Both employees in the small animals department were very helpful and informative.

When I first took Kiedis & Flea home they were quite timid and hid in their box quite a bit. By the end of the first week they were exploring a lot more and they were starting to accept being pet. They also started to binky and flop as well as do some bunny 500s.

Flea is still a little timid (which I was told to expect since he had a toe amputated at a young age) but he is getting less timid every day. Kiedis on the other hand is very comfortable and has even started to climb up onto my lap to get some pets and he explores our whole living room without fear.

My favourite parts of having bunnies are watching them play, groom and snuggle with eachother and watching them express their happiness through binkies, flops and bunny 500s.
I am very glad that I decided to adopt from THS and I appreciate all of the help that I was given and continue to receive.

Sincerely,
Katie Wainio


Cooper

Cooper

March 05, 2015

When I first adopted Cooper, I was told he was easily over sensitized when being pet or played with. Slowly we worked on getting Cooper more comfortable with being played with and held for longer times, and he has very much improved in the 6 months that he’s been with me. Cooper has become a lap cat that loves to snuggle! When playing, he’s very energetic and will chase toys all around the apartment! No matter where I am, he always has to be there and follows me around when I’m at home. At first, Cooper did not like me picking him up, and we’ve gotten so comfortable that he now snuggles in my arms! It is amazing to see how far he has come in such a short amount of time, and I am so thankful that his “feistiness” didn’t get in the way of him finding his loving forever home <3.

Jill Barbara