Happy Tails

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Maddy

Maddy

April 27, 2016

Hi My name is Chiara and about 2 weeks ago me and my boyfriend James adopted Maddy. 2 weeks may not sound like a lot of time but the difference in Maddy says otherwise. When we first got her she was shedding so much hair and was so afraid of any little noise. Now she has settled in so beautifully. She roams all around the apartment like she owns the place and it makes me so happy to see he doing that. She comes to bed with us whenever she wants or takes naps on her bed. She will come and chill with us on the couch and she is not afraid to demand we scratch her, specially under her lil chin. We could not be happier with Maddy the perfect addition to our little family. She is the best kitty ever !!


Pyewacket

Pyewacket

April 21, 2016

Hello Lynn, Morgan, Sarah, and the whole Cat Adoption Team & Volunteers:

About a month ago, “The Penguin” came home with me from the Toronto Humane Society. (His name is now Pyewacket-Pye for short.)

I was told the transition might be rocky and it was, but he found his courage (poor frightened thing) and it has had a happy ending.

When he first came to live with me, he was just out of dental surgery, and after he arrived, refused to eat or drink for five whole days. (I spoke to Sarah about this.) So I brought him back to the THS vet. They put him on IV and anti-anxiety drugs, and then he came home with me again three days later. Then he stayed in his safe room for three more days—ate just a little—and then suddenly marched out (tail up!), and started to explore. By the end of the week, he was well on his way to being “the Pye”—smart, VERY playful (loves those feather toys!), VERY affectionate, and an absolute sucker for being petted. He follows me from room to room and has memorized all my habits.

He has one eccentricity: he is afraid to go near my (almost) floor-to-ceiling window. But he did look through it for a few moments yesterday—running away when a school bus passed below us—and I’m sure he’ll get used to it. After all, the view of shoppers at the St. Lawrence Market should be hard to resist. And I want him to enjoy ALL of his big-soft-and-sunny new real estate!

I am sure that part of his lovely nature is due to the kindness he received from the THS… the vet care, monitoring, close observation, play and petting sessions. Everyone I spoke to was so knowledgeable and patient. I am sure that without you, Pye would not be the happy cat he is today.

So-thank you all so much!

Thank you for everything you do.

Best,

Eileen Whitfield


Biggie

Biggie

April 21, 2016

We adopted Biggie about eight years ago and he’s been a wonderful addition to our family ever since. His favourite activities include eating, sleeping, camping, and hiking. This works well because it allows him to burn off the ridiculous amount of calories he takes in. Biggie currently weighs in at 130 pounds but is kept in line by our 10 pound Shih Tzu mix.

Adopting Biggie has been an exciting journey for both us and him, and he continues to live a happy dog life to this day!


Vela

Vela

April 15, 2016

Hi!

I want to share my successful adoption story, sorry it is a little long.

Last year we came to the shelter looking for a mate for our beloved bunny Rabbert. He seemed lonely in his big cage that was built for two. We brought Rabbert along to go on some dates, confident he would pick a lady bunny to share his life with. The first and only bunny he met was “Angelica” who now goes by Vela, an English spot just like himself. Their date was successful and we brought her home that day.

This was the beginning of their six month journey toward bonding. We let her get comfortable in our home over the first month living in a cage beside Rabbert’s. We took it very slow and kept them close to each other but made sure they had their own play time and affection from my partner and I. We started to swap their cages in the second month to get them used to the other’s smell and sharing their space. Rabbert had become accustomed to 100% of our attention so it was very hard for him to learn to share. Slowly over the next few months we introduced them. They scuffled in the bathtub at first but slowly they learned to trust each other. Eventually we let them play together and they got along fine. It was now time to let them move in together.

At first Vela was cold and didn’t trust us. We we worried she would never warm up to us. The two bunnies were happy and in love. At the end of the day we were okay with that because all that mattered was that Rabbert had a partner to share his bunny adventures with. That didn’t stop me from forcing affection on her to show her that we love her and she is safe here. It makes me sad to think of what her life was before joining our family.
After about a year I noticed that she had started to enjoy being pet and would sometimes request it as Rabbert does. This happened after we almost lost Rabbert to E. cuniculi back in January of this year. She became much more affectionate to Rabbert when he was sick almost as though she was comforting him. He is all better now but the affection never stopped. I think her love (and of course our amazing rabbit savvy vet) saved his life. I was so happy that she felt loved here that I could accept that she would never give licks like Rabbert does.

A few weeks ago she decided that she wanted my attention and started to lick me while I was petting Rabbert! Finally she showed the love I knew she felt for us!

We are so very happy with our adoption. The Toronto Humane Society helped us to find a new member of our family. They supported us through the bonding process and made her adoption easy. Without Vela, Rabbert may not have had the strength to make it through those terrible few weeks and for that I will forever be thankful of the Toronto Humane Society.

Taylor


Alfie

Alfie

April 06, 2016

We adopted Alfie about 3 weeks ago. It’s been a treat. He’s sweet loving gentle. A year ago, we adopted Bunsen Honeydew (formerly Tashia). There were hisses and growls when Alfie joined us. Now, they’re getting along as best they can. We’re so glad to be their parents; our household is complete - for now - with a boy and a girl!


Penelope and Harold

Penelope and Harold

April 05, 2016

We adopted Penelope (formerly Cloé) in October of 2015, after discussing the possibility of adopting a cat for a long time. We fell in love with Penelope immediately: she was affectionate as soon as we opened the cage to interact with her, and even tried to swat us playfully through the cage after we closed it. She was just what we wanted: a spunky black cat.

When we got her home, she settled in immediately. Within a couple hours, she was sitting at our sides and playing enthusiastically. She let us know very quickly that she’s a diva: she refused to drink water from a bowl (running water only, please!) and informed us loudly whenever it was dinner time.

A few months later, we decided it was time to find a companion for Penelope, since she was settled in so well. We found the perfect one in Harold (formerly Linfor). Like Penelope, he won us over immediately. In fact, he had only been in his cage for about 10 minutes when we decided to adopt him! Although it seemed he’d had a tough time in his previous home (he spooked very easily and seemed a little too thin), he proved to be the most loving cat we’d ever met. He spends most of his time cuddling next to us and purring loudly while he licks everything within reach (our faces, our hair, the wall, the printer…). Harold is in love with the world.

Unfortunately, Penelope wasn’t so sure about him: we had to watch them carefully over the first few days. Penelope did not appreciate a new cat in her home, despite Harold’s constant attempts to win her over.
Now, however, they get along great. They constantly play together, racing around the apartment and tackling one another. Penelope still runs the home, but Harold is happy to let her do so.

We couldn’t be happier with the two cats we took home, nor with how well they’ve settled into being members of our family! They’ve helped make our small apartment feel like a home.

-Rachel and Brandon


GG

GG

April 05, 2016

I went to see GG after my sister told me there was a cat at the humane society with my nickname! She was not up for adoption at the time because she was underweight and had to have some tests done. She didn’t like to eat very much, and I think that might be because she is at her most happy when she has a friend around. I asked to be notified if GG ever came up for adoption because I couldn’t resist her sweet face. She came home with me a few days later and after realizing how much she loved being held and cuddled, she became a happy cat who loves eating! She loves company, cuddling, and kisses. Her big furry paws make a hilarious scene when she tries to run across the wood floor. She doesn’t seem to like baths, but doesn’t put up a fuss at all when it’s time to get into the bathtub. She loves patiently looking out the window and tries to make friends with the birds. She has a soft and sweet meow that is heard mostly at 6:00am when she’s trying to wake me up! She is the most gentle little soul and I’m so happy that I found her.