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October 30, 2020

When I first brought her home she was skittish, a little introverted and terrified of the car. Now she absolutely loves car rides and is the best snuggler in the universe.

She loves kids and is friendly and full of energy. At the beach she befriended an elderly gentleman and he looks forward to “borrowing” her for walks.

She is just a joy and such a sweet loving personality. She really has changed my life for the better. I cannot imagine a single day without her.



October 29, 2020

In the Spring of 2019, I visited THS and fell in love with Ruby (formerly Ruthi). She was surrendered by her previous owners because she had bladder stones.

Thank you THS for saving my little girl and conducting the surgery. She is continuing to do great on her urinary recovery with help from her special food diet - no more urinary incontinence!

Ruby is very playful and loves sitting in laps and cuddling. Since adopting her, we discovered that she that knows quite a few tricks, including paw, sit, and “go to your house” (her pet carrier). While primarily a lap dog, she also has become quite the hiker, even going for a quick swim during our adventures.

I am very happy that THS gives Ruby, and many other dogs like her, a second chance.



October 28, 2020

We adopted our dear Watson at 5 years old in November 2013 from Toronto Humane Society, and sadly had to say goodbye to him this year.

He was our first baby, and through the years went through so many changes with our family. From moving three times, to welcoming a kitten, to welcoming a human baby, he took it all in (relative) stride. If anything, he was the one constant amidst a sea of changes.

Over the years, Watson had many health challenges, but we were lucky to have great vets to help us navigate this. He was the best dog, and in every way the perfect fit for us. He loved going on walks and would get especially excited if the whole family was going together. He lived for lounging on the couch and would force his way onto or in between laps even if there was no room. He was very patient and gentle with our cat, and our daughter.

He also had the stinkiest farts known to man.

We miss him so very much and would like to thank THS for the work that you do. Watson brought so much love and joy to our lives, and if anyone is on the fence about rescuing an animal, just know that it is worth it - for you and them.



October 27, 2020

Taz has continued to make amazing progress, and an incredible transformation from a fearful, aggressive dog to a happy, playful, outgoing, adventurous gal.

She has made many friends in the community. She regularly goes to her friends across the street for some social time and has become incredibly comfortable in her new surroundings.

She does everything to the best of standards, and she changed my chair into something more playful for her - but I love her!



October 26, 2020

I’ve had Winnie for a little over two months now and we both couldn’t be happier! She loves cuddling up next to me at night, laying down and waiting patiently to say hello to dogs that we pass on our walks, playing with her friends at the dog park, giving humans lots of kisses, eating carrots, and of course sticks!

She makes every day bright and exciting and every night warm and comforting. I couldn’t ask for a better furry friend to call family.

Thank you THS for pairing me up with my little bundle of joy.



October 21, 2020

On August 6, 2005, I got the keys to my very first apartment and immediately decided that I needed to adopt a cat.

I knew that black cats were notoriously hard to adopt, so I walked to Toronto Humane Society three days in a row, determined to find a black kitten. And I did!

I brought her home in a tiny cardboard box - excited to begin my new life in Toronto with this tiny creature.

I named her Mariska. after the Law & Order SVU actress Mariska Hargitay.

In the summer we celebrated our 15-year adoption anniversary! Thank you, Toronto Humane Society, for bringing this badass 5lb. cat into my life!



October 19, 2020

By the time we met Winston, he had been through a lot. He had issues with an upset stomach, and it was discovered he needed major surgery for hip dysplasia. Such a big struggle for such a little guy. But Toronto Humane Society did the amazing work they always do and raised the money to get Winston his double hip surgery. Then began his journey to recovery.

When we fostered Winston, he was still in need of physical therapy. At first, he seemed to think he wasn’t any good at being a cat, but then, over time, he began to run more and more after the laser pointer and his wand toys. He’s only gotten stronger and bolder over the past few years and now with his new siblings around, he’s more active than ever.

Winston has a huge personality and a huge amount of energy. We realized early on that having other feline friends would help to socialize him and give him an outlet for all that playfulness. He’s made friends with many foster kittens over the years. He would run with them, clean them, chat with them (and his humans).

Now he has forever siblings, Beans and Fika, who he follows around constantly. He always has to be where the action is (even if it stresses him out), and he’ll never say no to a little clicker training and treats, especially now that he is in diabetic remission. He now knows how to roll over and give high fives, and we say no one deserves a bigger high five than this resilient little fella. As Winston always says, “Just because you’re hipless, doesn’t mean you’re hopeless”.



October 08, 2020

In July 2019 we were greeted by the friendly staff at Toronto Humane Society. We were given the opportunity to see the kittens who had just been rescued. In that room is where we got to meet Faron (formerly Pan). She instantly connected with her papa and purred like crazy whilst melting like butter in his hands.

Faron is now living her best life right by the water. Everyday she watches the planes leave the airport and the birds fly along the waterfront.

Now that she is a year old, we’ve let her try a variety of food, amongst her favourite are mangos, fresh caught bass, and little licks of milk. Also, she is quite a fan of the Avatar: Last Airbender series.

She is a constant reminder that no matter what has become of 2020, to stay positive and enjoy all the little moments. This photo comes from one of those moments when the city was in lockdown, and she was calmly enjoying the outside whilst sitting on her papa.



October 02, 2020

Binx (formerly Timon) has been with me since the end of September 2019, and he has settled in very well! When he is not trying to pull my succulent out of its pot on the windowsill, he enjoys napping in his cat tree and trying to startle me every chance he gets. Every night when it is bedtime, he climbs up on the bed and sleeps on his own pillow right next to mine. He is a very playful and loving boy, and I’m so lucky to have him.

Thank you THS, for giving me a new family member.