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Malick

Malick

January 28, 2016

My boyfriend and I adopted Malick (formerly Amos) last September. He was very cautious at first, only coming out from his hiding spot to eat. However, on his second night home he suddenly ran out of hiding and jumped right into my lap. He was immediately part of the family.

Malick is a wonderful little guy—affectionate, talkative, curious. He follows us from room to room, keeping us company if we’re cooking or reading or watching a movie. He even meets me at the door when I come home from work. His favourite activities are playing laser pointer, swatting at a ball of yarn, and climbing his scratch post to get a treat. Afterwards he’ll curl up on the couch for a long nap.

While it took him a while to get comfortable with visitors, Malick’s now a charming host. He’ll come out to greet new people and is vocal when he’s happy to see a familiar face. Visitors often comment on how friendly he is. He was clearly quite frightened of new people at first, and it’s been a delight to watch him become so warm and trusting.

Malick definitely has his forever home with us, we absolutely love him. Thank you so much to Margaret who brought us over to his cage thinking we’d be a good match.


Tequila

Tequila

January 24, 2016

Dear staff at THS,

It has been an unforgettable experience so far after adopting Nina (renamed Tequila) a little over a year ago from THS. She was a part of your large group rescue from California last summer. The beginning of our journey began when we lost our family dog - having had two dogs together for quite sometime, we found the house far too quiet. After working at THS for a combined camp with Pawsitively Pets Kids Camp and taking a tour - I knew it was only a matter of time before my family adopted one of the many loving animals in your care.

Tequila has brought a whole new dimension to our household - she is so sweet, caring, loving, and energetic. You would never believe such a big personality could come out of such a small body! When we first brought her home she was fearful of men and strangers, and often sunk to the ground when people tried to pet her. Today, she is the biggest cuddle-monster in the world and is getting better at dealing with strangers - all she needed was a bit of time. With some of her insecurities gone, she now has more time to enjoy the other things in life, such as chasing squirrels in the backyard, going for runs near the water or in the park, and playing/napping with her new best friend, Leela. Our favourite thing is to take her to an open space and watch her run, her happiness in that moment continues to make us smile.

Thank you for giving us this amazing dog, keep up the good work!


Stevie Nicks

Stevie Nicks

January 23, 2016

Hello,

I am just emailing you to let you know how Bizou (Now known as Stevie Nicks) is doing. She is one of the sweetest rabbits in the history of the planet. My last rabbit was a goofy extrovert, but Steve is more of a refined ladylike rabbit. She prefers her hay and greens to any other food (which is great). My vet suggested I try to get rid of pellets altogether (which we slowly did). My last rabbit would have starved to death if I had done that. Steve, however, is all about the health food (with the exception of the occasional piece of banana). Steve is not a particularly fast or active bunny. She prefers a quiet romp around the apartment, followed by an hour or two of petting and cuddling while I study. She comes out of her shell more and more every day. When we first adopted her, she would nip (gently) to get attention. Now she knows that she can get attention whenever she wants, and she is always on her best behaviour. She tolerates being picked up, and loves to sit on my lap and lick my hands. She loves her toys, her stuffed bunny “friend”, and her bed (cat cave). She’s such a sweet bunny to have around, and she brightens my day smile

Thank-you,
Alexandra + Stevie


Neno

Neno

January 23, 2016

Hi there everyone! It’s Neno! I was adopted by my family a little over four years ago, and I just thought I’d pop in with an update. I’m almost 8 years old now, but mum says I still have the energy of a puppy. When mum brought me home, I was shy at first but made myself at home right away. We’ve moved a couple of times since then, and I live part time in St. Catharines (I know - its so far!). Mum’s convinced I would walk to St. Catharines she’d let me. I love my walks and sometimes I get to go for a walk with my buddy Pinky. Other times, I get to learn how to dance in my grandparent’s back yard here in Toronto with my other buddy Poppy.

As I’m sure you can tell from the photos, I am spoiled rotten. I’ve got tons and tons of toys and even though my humans make me take baths often, especially in the summer (I’ve got allergies), I get lots and lots of treats because I’m such a good boy. Mum noticed I don’t do so well in the crate at Petsmart when she took me in to get groomed, so she learned how to do it herself. Sometimes I look like a hot mess, but I tell her she’s getting better with practice. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that I’m the most photogenic puppy on this planet. Mum thinks I’m so cute, she even created an instagram account just for me! Thank you for taking such good care of me while I was down at the THS! I’m the king of this castle, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Cheers!
Neno aka BoogerButt


Chloe

Chloe

January 20, 2016

Chloe has become more and more outgoing as well as she now only gets soft food once a week. She eats her grain free Good Nature cat food from Petsmart like a champ. She adores it and is found crunching often which is good because she was a finicky eater when I got her. She is gaining some weight which is great.

We are bonding very well and when I come home from being out she hides until she hears my voice. Then she comes out mewing for cuddles. She isn’t a lap cat but she will lay beside me or on the top of the couch wanting chin and ear scratches. She will quickly paw you and give a low meow to let you know that she doesn’t wish for anymore petting for the time being. She is becoming less and less jumpy when someone moves their hands or bodies towards her. If strangers come around as I have a nurse come in several times a week to change my dressings from my surgery. She rubs against their legs meowing telling them to stop tending me and pet her lol.

Chloe is my wonderful soulmate who may be eight years old but she acts like a young kitten still. She loves to play with her fish on a stick as well as her other toys. She adores treat time and already knows tricks! She will take treats very gently right from my fingers, sit for a treat as well as climb up onto her back paws and wrap her front paws around my hand no claws and use her nose to nudge the treat out of my hand so she can eat it. She is a clever beautiful wonderful cat who I’ve started calling Glowy Chloe as a nick name and she responded to it. When I got her from THS she had come all the way from Sarnia and gone through several adoptions where she was the only cat left, poor girl.

But that was because she was patiently awaiting me to come in and take her home with me!

Chloe meows at random sometimes but only for short periods of time. I’m keeping an eye out for a second cat that is between 7 months and four or five years of age to be her companion and playmate. I’ve noticed that she seems to be looking for the other cats that were always around here since she has been with me. So I’m looking for the right match for Chloe and I who will complete our family.

She doesn’t even bother my fish who recently passed away but nothing that she did as she ignored the fish!

With Love From Chloe & Skylar


Percy

Percy

January 18, 2016

In July 2015, after a steady stream of visits to the Toronto Humane Society, we adopted Percy, a three-year old Lhasa Apso formerly known as Greg, who arrived as part of a partnership with animal shelters in California. We had previously fostered a lab-pit from a rescue mission in Georgia, but she was not the right dog for our family – including Stella, our eight-year old daughter and main dog lover, who was unable to walk the very energetic pup. However, with Percy, it was love at first sight! When he rolled over on his back for a belly rub upon our first meeting, Stella knew that he was the right dog for us.

Within days, he had become a fixture in our household, quickly winning our hearts completely. We took him on camping trips and cottage weekends, to dog parks and grooming sessions, with each new adventure revealing more of this little guy’s personality. For example, he prefers sunbathing to swimming, and carrots to dog treats (although he’s learned to appreciate the subtle flavours of liver snacks). He has also become a fearless defender of the home, barking at anyone who dares to knock on our front door (although a quick reprove from Stella usually stands him down). In short, he’s been developing his inner-dogness: something that he seemed to be missing at first (maybe he lived with cats?) but is quickly achieving.
However, everything hasn’t been completely effortless for this California transplant. In particular, a recent winter storm provided Percy with what may well be his first experience with snow, leading to a battle of wills between resistant dog and determined dog walker during outings to the boulevard for Percy’s daily constitutional; so far, I’m glad to state, the dog walkers have won!


Sassafraz

Sassafraz

January 16, 2016

I just wanted to send an update about Sassafras. It’s been a year since I adopted her, I kept her name as Sassafraz, because it suited her when she got Sassy! Having only three legs has not stopped this puppy from living life! She travels with me for work. She has been all over Ontario in the film industry, meeting all types of actors and celebrities. She’s sat in the laps of Emma Roberts, Steven Bauldwin, Kevin Sorbo, and Bobbie Phillips among others. I’ve come to learn the squirrels are her enemy in the back yard, and that sunbeams are her favourite. She just a baby in dog years, but she’s calm when you need her to be calm, and loves to play when you want to play. She’s a smart little dog, learning several tricks, including you can shoot her dead. She’s become very integral to me and my life. When people see her and her three legs, everyone feels bad, but it doesn’t stop her! In fact she may join an agility group! So thank you Toronto Humane Society for bringing this fun sassy girl into my life! And if anyone is interested, she has an Instagram page where you can see her adventures on set with all the actors. @sassyonset

Cheers,

Trina Brink


Totem

Totem

January 14, 2016

Hello!

I adopted a cat from you back in October, and just wanted to send you some updates. His name was Turbo (A29785433) when I adopted him, and he shared a kennel with another cat that were both rescued from a hoarder home. Since adopting him, I have changed his name to “Totem”.

He warmed up quickly to his new surroundings, and only took him a couple of hours to begin exploring. At night, he would lightly ‘peep’, so I think he may have been looking for the other cats he shared his living space with before (that lasted about 3 nights). He has gained some weight over the last few months and is in very good health.

He has a large cat tree and he sleeps on the very top of it throughout the day, and he has many different types of toys to play with (his favourite are the little fake mice that he likes to toss around and ‘hunt’). He is very affectionate, and begins to gently nibble on my fingers after petting him for a short while. He also loves to ‘attack’ my hair when I have it up in a ponytail and it is dangling near him. At night, he usually sleeps at the foot of my bed. When he hears me wake up in the morning, he usually greets me with a lot of purring and then follows it up with a pounce attack.

I was warned that I might find that he would be binge eating and might desire a lot of attention (neediness) due to the fact that he came from a hoarder house. In all honesty, I haven’t seen any of that from him. He seems happy, normal, and healthy.

He is doing well, and knows he is loved.


Puma

Puma

January 13, 2016

One year ago my son adopted a little female cat. Her name is puma, she is sweet, smart and very educated. I didn’t like cats before but with puma I changed my mind. She is very clean and organized. People said cats are quiet and like to hide and sleep, but puma is different, she likes to be in the middle of everybody watching what we are doing. She enjoys watching a movie or a soccer game. She learned a lot, and loves her treats. Everybody at home loves her and when we talk with her she understand in English and Spanish that’s the funny thing.


Pickles

Pickles

January 12, 2016

We adopted pickles today. She is adjusting very well so far. She loves to hang out in the window sill or on the chair. She is quiet chatty and lets us know she is there! She loves to lounge around on the couch or stool and greet us at the door. We have fallen in love and wouldn’t have it any other way.