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We are proud to announce the new Safepet Program

January 14, 2019

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WITH A NEW $35,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® OF CANADA

THE TORONTO HUMANE SOCIETY IS HELPING TO KEEP PEOPLE AND THEIR PETS SAFE FROM INTERPERSONAL VIOLENCE

January 14, 2019— TORONTO, ON

The Toronto Humane Society recently received a $35,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare. With this grant, the Toronto Humane Society can now join others in helping victims of domestic abuse and their pets find safety sooner.

When women are at risk of or experiencing domestic abuse, having a pet can add an extra layer of complexity and concern to the situation. Many women are reluctant to leave their home and seek help at a women’s shelter if it means leaving their pet behind with the abuser.

In-fact, a recent study by Dr. Amy Fitzgerald at the University of Windsor found that:

  1. 89% of abused women say their partner also abused a pet.
  2. 56% of women delayed leaving an abusive relationship due to fear for a pet’s safety.
  3. 47% say they would have left a relationship earlier if they could have taken a pet with them.
  4. 33% say they considered returning to an abuser because their partner had the pet.
  5. And yet, the vast majority of women’s shelters in Canada do not have the capacity or are not equipped to care for the pets of their clients.


(2017 University of Windsor study)


This new grant will help to bridge that gap. The Toronto Humane Society will be working closely with Link Coalition Toronto, a Toronto-based non-profit, in coordination with their existing SafePet program. This program provides foster care for the pets of survivors of domestic violence. SafePet animals remain with their foster family until they can be safely reunited with its pet parent or family.

“With the additional veterinary care provided by the Toronto Humane Society, we were able to expand our SafePet program in Toronto. At Link T.O. we are passionate about ending abuse in all of its forms, and our SafePet program assists by removing a significant barrier to women leaving situations of abuse. We know that in order to help families, we must help pets. T.H.S.’s assistance will go a long way in improving the lives of our SafePet clients- both human and animal.” Dr. Hayley Glaholt, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Link Coalition Toronto.

“We’re proud to support the Toronto Humane Society’s collaborative SAFE PET foster care program to help women and children with pets to escape situations of violence without having to leave their beloved companion animals behind,” says Dani LaGiglia, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities of Canada. Pet retention is just one of PetSmart Charities of Canada’s seven grant categories. Funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada supports animal welfare organizations and non-profits committed to reducing pet homelessness and enhancing the human-animal bond. For more information, visit http://www.PetSmartCharities.ca” alt=“Pet Smart Charities Main Website”>www.PetSmartCharities.ca.

About Toronto Humane Society

The Toronto Humane Society is a animal welfare organization whose mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent all forms cruelty and suffering. One of Toronto’s oldest charities, they operate as an animal shelter and high volume clinic with spay/neuter and vaccination services. In recent years, they have sought to expand beyond shelter activities to include a pet food bank, dog training programs, educational outreach and animal rescue operations at both the local and international level. For more information, visit http://www.torontohumanesociety.com.

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About Link Coalition Toronto:

Link Coalition Toronto is a registered non-profit whose goal is to end the abuse of humans and animals in Ontario by educating community health workers, law enforcement officials, animal care professionals, and the public about the interconnectedness of all types of violence, and by establishing programs that provide direct assistance to those who experience abuse. For more information, visit www.linktoronto.org.

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About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:

PetSmart® Charities of Canada is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across Canada, PetSmart Charities of Canada helps to find forever homes and families for more than 25,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities of Canada also provides grant funding to registered Canadian charities aligned with its mission under four key areas of support: Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets and Providing Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, more than 500,000 generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities of Canada using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities of Canada efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as a leading funder of animal welfare in Canada, granting more than $14 million since its inception in 1999. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered Canadian charity, a member of Imagine Canada and is independent from the PetSmart business in Canada. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.ca.

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If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
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Toronto Humane Society helps rescue 10 dogs from China’s dog meat market

Toronto, Ontario - April 25, 2018

A group of 10 dogs in China were facing a long nightmare of abuse, torture, and eventual slaughter.

But thanks to the efforts of the Toronto Humane Society, and partner organizations, they were rescued and are now en route to the Toronto Humane Society where they’ll soon be looking for new forever homes.

According to AnimalsAsia, an animal rights group based out of Hong Kong, “it’s estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats, are slaughtered for the dog meat trade each year.” Often stolen from their families in China’s large, bustling cities, these dogs are transported in unspeakably horrendous conditions without food or water, and brought to dog meat markets where they are butchered or, sometimes, even skinned alive.

It’s for that reason that the Toronto Humane Society could not be happier taking in these 10 beautiful dogs. We look forward to continued work with our partners as we do our part in combating this terrible trade.

They’ll be arriving at our doors on Monday evening, April 23rd, after a long, exhausting plane ride from Changsha, China. All of them so friendly, loving, and playful, all despite their harrowing journey.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Toronto Humane Society’s Subsidized Spay/Neuter Clinic Receives a Boost from PetSmart Charities™

Toronto, Ontario - February 10, 2017

Toronto Humane Society’s Subsidized Spay/Neuter Clinic Receives a Boost from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

Grant of Almost $95,000 Will Help Provide over 900 Subsidized Spay/Neuter Surgeries

Thanks to a recent grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada totaling almost $95,000, over 900 animals in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will soon receive spay or neuter surgeries and vaccinations at a reduced cost to pet parents. The funds will support the Toronto Humane Society’s subsidized spay/neuter clinic services.

Spaying/neutering a pet can help reduce pet overpopulation while vaccination can protect their health, but these services can be cost prohibitive for some. That’s why the Toronto Humane Society’s (THS) subsidized spay/neuter clinic services team offers appointments first to those on a subsidized income. The grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada will allow the THS to provide 900 spay/neuter surgeries and vaccine administrations at a reduced cost to eligible pet parents. The THS is a proud advocate of this service because it helps to protect the health of pets in the community, while reducing the number of unplanned or unwanted litters across the GTA, which ultimately helps to prevent pet homelessness.

“At PetSmart Charities of Canada, we’re dedicated to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets. One of the best ways we can do that is by granting funds to local animal welfare organizations, like the Toronto Humane Society, to help them provide more affordable spay/neuter and vaccine services. We’re honoured to support their efforts to help families in need access veterinary care for their beloved pets,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities of Canada.

To find out more about the subsidized spay/neuter and vaccine services available from the Toronto Humane Society, including our fee guide, visit the What We Do section of our website or call 416-392-2273.

Recently, the Toronto Humane Society received a grant of more than $100,000 from PetSmart Charities of Canada to support a trap, neuter, return (TNR) program. The TNR effort will help to manage the GTA’s population of stray, feral and community cats and prevent further pet homelessness. Between the two grants, THS has received nearly $200,000 in spay and neuter funding from PetSmart Charities of Canada—one of the nation’s leading funders of animal welfare.

About the Toronto Humane Society:
Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. www.torontohumanesociety.com

About PetSmart Charities of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Over 20,000 pets find homes each year through its in-store adoption program and sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $10 million to directly help pets in need, with a focus on spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation and providing emergency relief to pets and pet parents impacted by natural or man-made disasters. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart, Inc. www.petsmartcharities.ca

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Toronto Humane Society Kicks off the New Year with a New Grant from PetSmart Charities™ of Canada

Toronto, Ontario - January 09, 2017

$102,400 Grant Will Provide 640 Spay/Neuter Surgeries via THS’ Trap, Neuter, Return Effort.

Thanks to a recent grant of $102,400 from PetSmart Charities of Canada, 640 feral cats in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) will soon receive spay or neuter surgeries free of charge. The funds will support the Toronto Humane Society’s Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Program.

The Toronto Humane Society is a proud advocate of this service because it helps to reduce the number of unplanned or unwanted litters by community cats and manage the overall feral cat population in the GTA. As a leading funder of animal welfare across the nation, PetSmart Charities of Canada was pleased to support this program aimed at preventing further pet over-population and homelessness.

This generous grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada will allow the Toronto Humane Society to perform at least 640 spay or neuter surgeries free of charge! It will also help the Toronto Humane Society to continue to provide excellent care to pets in our community that need it most! To find out more about the TNR services available at the Toronto Humane Society, visit the Trap, Neuter, Return section of our website.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

http://www.torontohumanesociety.com

About PetSmart Charities of Canada:

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Over 20,000 pets find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $10 million to help pets in need, with a focus on spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation and providing emergency relief to pets and pet parents impacted by natural or man-made disasters. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart, Inc.

http://www.petsmartcharities.ca

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Young Students Give Shelter Animals Hope for the Holidays on Giving Tuesday

Toronto, Ontario - November 25, 2016

Giving Tuesday is a global giving and volunteering movement in which organizations and individuals have the opportunity to give back to their favourite charity. The Toronto Humane Society is celebrating Giving Tuesday in a huge way this year, and young students across the GTA are on board to help!

The Toronto Humane Society’s “Hope for the Holidays” campaign will get a kick start on Giving Tuesday with our new Pen Pals for Pets initiative. Fledgling animal advocates have been asked to write letters to some of the pets in our shelter that have been waiting for a new forever home for a bit longer than the average stay. These letters will be filled to the brim with positive messages about getting a second chance at love as students have been eager to offer our furry (and not furry) friends Hope for the Holidays.

Class groups will be visiting the shelter for behind the scenes tours throughout the day on Giving Tuesday and selected students will be reading their letter to their pen pal pet out loud. All letters written for the Pen Pals for Pets initiative will be displayed outside the room where the pen pal pet resides, encouraging members of the public to read them before entering, thereby showcasing some of the animals who may normally not get as much attention from potential adopters.

The Toronto Humane Society’s excitement for this campaign is two-fold. We are of course delighted to be able to shine a light on some of the deserving pets in our care who may have been overlooked thus far by the public, but we are also quite thrilled to be working alongside the younger generation of animal welfare advocates. It is the perfect opportunity to highlight the importance of giving back to your community, and to note that charitable giving need not be solely about monetary donations.

Without a society that has a deep affection for animal life and an understanding of animal welfare issues we will never progress to the point where animal cruelty and neglect are a thing of the past. We must start at the very beginning, with the very young, in order to change our culture from one that views animals as a commodity to be bought and sold, into one that feels intensely connected to the well-being of the creatures around us. It is through our Humane Education program, and initiatives such as Pen Pals for Pets, that we aim to instill the values of compassion for all creatures and selfless giving in our youngest generation.

Help us continue our life-saving work! We have created a special website dedicated to Giving Tuesday donations, (http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/givingtuesday) and we urge you to share this link with your friends, family, and coworkers. To make donating even easier during the busy holiday season you can simply text SAVE to 20222 to donate $20 towards caring for animals in need.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

http://www.torontohumanesociety.com

About Giving Tuesday:

Giving Tuesday is a global giving and volunteering movement in which organizations and individuals have the opportunity to give back to their favorite charity.

http://givingtuesday.ca/about/faq

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Petsecure Launches New Pet Insurance Product with Toronto Humane Society

Winnipeg, Manitoba - October 17, 2016

Petsecure, Canada’s largest pet health insurance company, is partnering with the Toronto Humane Society to offer a new pet health insurance product for consumers in the Greater Toronto Area.

Supporters of the Toronto Humane Society are now able to purchase Toronto Humane Society Pet Health Insurance online at www.thspetinsurance.ca and by phone at 1-844-947-7387. The comprehensive product line includes coverage for dental, alternative and preventive treatments, and behavioural therapy as well as accident and illness protection. Pet owners have the option to choose from four different levels of coverage to best suit their needs.

“We are excited to have this new opportunity to partner with Dr. Jacques Messier and his team at the Toronto Humane Society,” said Rod Cunniam, President and Chief Operating Officer of Petsecure. “The two organizations enjoy a great relationship built on mutual respect and shared learning - our goals are very compatible, and this collaboration represents the next logical step.”

“This is an exciting time for the Toronto Humane Society,” said Dr. Jacques Messier, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Toronto Humane Society. “We were looking for a trusted partner to help us create a product that was right for our customers, and we have found that partner in Petsecure. We are thrilled to be able to offer a great product that will allow for the best possible care for pets.”

About Petsecure pet health insurance:

Protecting more than one million pets since its inception in 2001, Petsecure is Canada’s oldest and largest pet health insurance provider. It is the core brand and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Western Financial Group. Underwritten by Western Financial Insurance Company, Petsecure and logo are registered trademarks of Western Financial Insurance Company. Petsecure is a member in good standing of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA).

For more information about Petsecure, visit www.petsecure.com.

For media inquiries about Petsecure, please contact:

Erin Hunter
Marketing and Communications Specialist
Western Financial Insurance Company
Phone: (204) 942-2999 ext. 7631

About the Toronto Humane Society

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

For more information on the Toronto Human Society, visit http://www.torontohumanesociety.com.

For media inquiries about the Toronto Humane Society, please contact:

Makyla Deleo, RVT
Manager, Media Relations and Event Logistics
Toronto Humane Society
Phone: (416) 392-2273 ext. 2163

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Adoption Hopes are High at Hy-Hope Farm – Round Two!

Toronto, Ontario - October 17, 2016

Durham Region – The Toronto Humane Society had such a blast at Hy-Hope Farm on October 1st that we are hitching up our wagon and moseying our way north again for another off-site adoption event on October 22, 2016!

At the Toronto Humane Society we find new homes for over 2000 animals each and every year, and we take special care to ensure that our charges find the family and environment that are the perfect match for their temperament and needs, which is why our return adoption rate is exceedingly low.

Similar to our last event, which saw 7 super deserving pups find their forever homes, the focus will be on pooches who might appreciate a bit more free space than our Megacity can offer an exuberant canine, however there will be dogs of all shapes and sizes available for adoption – one of whom is sure to be the perfect fit for your family.

Hy-Hope Farm in Durham Region has been kind enough to offer the Toronto Humane Society the time and space to carry out offsite adoptions on October 22nd from 10am to 3pm. We have high hopes that we will find just the right match for our dogs that have been waiting patiently for a second chance at life and love since being surrendered into our care.

In addition to our on-site adoptions, Hy-Hope Farm has plenty of activities to keep the family in high spirits. Take part in apple picking on site, choosing from the many varieties of the tasty fruit they grow on the farm. Or, if climbing an apple tree isn’t your idea of fun pop by the farm-fresh market to peruse all the in-season fruits and veggies offered for sale, plus scrumptious pies baked daily, and flavor packed jams made from local ingredients. You could even sneak in a round of golf at the Hy-Hope 18-hole executive course while soaking in the natural beauty of southern Ontario. If your action packed day has left you a little peckish, not to worry, you can grab a delicious homemade lunch on-site as well!

Hy-Hope Farm is located at 5450 Lakeridge Rd., Ashburn, Ontario, about 50 minutes outside of the City of Toronto and just north of Whitby. The Toronto Humane Society will be at Hy-Hope Farm from 10am to 3pm on October 22nd with a number of dogs available for adoption. Our regular adoption process and fees will apply, please see our website for more details: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/adopt-a-pet/adoption-process.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

www.torontohumanesociety.com

About Hy-Hope Farm:

Hy-Hope Farm is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the community for over 30 years. There is something fun to do in every season, from picking fruits and vegetables in the summer, tobogganing in the winter and shopping year round for freshly baked goods, jams and preserves.

www.hyhopefarm.ca

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Adoption Hopes are High at Hy-Hope Farm

Toronto, Ontario - September 27, 2016

Durham Region - The Toronto Humane Society will be heading out on the road on October 1st to bring some of our cutest dogs to Hy-Hope Farm.

At the Toronto Humane Society we find new homes for over 2000 animals each and every year, and we take special care to ensure that our charges find the family and environment that are the perfect match for their temperament and needs, which is why our return adoption rate is exceedingly low.

On occasion it can be just a bit harder to find the perfect fit for some of our canine companions. While the urban environment that the City of Toronto offers to its human residents is lively and vibrant, the hustle and bustle of the big city and the smaller living spaces it provides may not always be ideal for some of the pooches in our care. This is why we are taking a road trip with some of our favorite adoptable dogs, the ones who might enjoy life a little bit more when they have ample space to stretch their legs and less hubbub to contend with.

Hy-Hope Farm in Durham Region has been kind enough to offer the Toronto Humane Society the time and space to carry out offsite adoptions on October 1st from 10am to 3pm. We have high hopes that we will find just the right match for our dogs that have been waiting patiently for a second chance at life and love since being surrendered into our care.

In addition to our on-site adoptions, Hy-Hope Farm has plenty of activities to keep the family in high spirits. Take part in apple picking on site, choosing from the many varieties of the tasty fruit they grow on the farm. Or, if climbing an apple tree isn’t your idea of fun pop by the farm-fresh market to peruse all the in-season fruits and veggies offered for sale, plus scrumptious pies baked daily, and flavor packed jams made from local ingredients. Stop and appreciate the live music by local artists, or even sneak in a round of golf at the Hy-Hope 18-hole executive course while soaking in the natural beauty of southern Ontario. If your action packed day has left you a little peckish, not to worry, you can grab a delicious homemade lunch on-site as well.

Hy-Hope Farm is located at 5450 Lakeridge Rd., Ashburn, Ontario, about 50 minutes outside of the City of Toronto and just north of Whitby. The Toronto Humane Society will be at Hy-Hope Farm from 10am to 3pm on October 1st with a number of dogs available for adoption. Our regular adoption process and fees will apply, please see our website for more details: http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/adopt-a-pet/adoption-process.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

www.torontohumanesociety.com

About Hy-Hope Farm:

Hy-Hope Farm is a family owned and operated business that has been serving the community for over 30 years. There is something fun to do in every season, from picking fruits and vegetables in the summer, tobogganing in the winter and shopping year round for freshly baked goods, jams and preserves.

www.hyhopefarm.ca

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


Unleash Your Inner Pup at Paws in the Park – Woodbine Park, August 14 2016

Toronto, Ontario - August 14, 2016

Toronto - The Toronto Humane Society is gearing up for our largest annual fundraising event, and we hope to see you all there on August 14th!

Prior to the event date participants gather donations to support our mission and then take part in a lovely 2km walk with (or without) their pooch through Woodbine Park and along the lakeshore on August 14th. But our pledge driven walk is just one small part of the festivities, Paws in the Park has plenty of fun activities on-site for all ages.

So, what’s new and exciting for Paws in the Park 2016?

Interested pups and their companions can participate in a relaxing Doga (doggie yoga) session. Our session provider describes doga as, “A Unique experience connecting you in a whole different way with your dog. Take part in doing poses with your dog, stretching out your dog, massaging your dog, and meditation with your dog. Connect and release calm energies together.” How zen!

We are also thrilled to bring you a lure/obstacle course for the more adventurous canines. Watch your favorite dog have the time of their life chasing the lure through hoops, tunnels, and over fences. Will your pup have the day’s fastest time through the course?

In order to better accommodate all attendees we will be offering two silent auctions this year. Participants do not have to wait until the end of the event to claim their auction winnings if they have other priorities to attend to in the afternoon. Our silent auctions are filled with fantastic items at greatly reduced prices and there is sure to be something up for bid that will catch the eye of every attendee.

This is of course in addition to all of our regular event offerings: free face painting and caricatures, shopping in our Vendor Village, tasty food trucks, great music, and a cool down pool area for our canine participants.

As an added bonus for all pledge gatherers we have some great prizes in store this year, starting at the $100 raised level. Our Grand Prize is two tickets to anywhere WestJet flies plus $500 off accommodation from Airbnb! The winner will be drawn from those participants that have raised $500 or more.

About Paws in the Park:

Paws in the Park is a long-running, free to attend community event raising funds for the Toronto Humane Society. Paws in the Park takes place from 9am to 3pm on Sunday August 14th at Woodbine Park. To sign up as an event participant or donor please visit http://www.pawsinthepark.com

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com


3rd Annual Mega Pet Adoption Event at Exhibition Place July 8-9, 2016

Toronto, Ontario - July 08, 2016

Reduced Fee Pet Adoption Sponsored by BISSELL and BISSELL Pet Foundation

Toronto –This weekend, Torontonians will have a chance to adopt hundreds of dogs and cats at the 3rd Annual Mega Pet Adoption Event made possible by BISSELL and BISSELL Pet Foundation. The event, hosted by the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services, will take place July 8-9 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto. Adoption fees will be just $25 and each adopter will receive a goody bag filled with pet essentials thanks to BISSELL and BISSELL Pet Foundation. All pets will be spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Standard pet licensing fees apply to City of Toronto residents.

It’s the perfect time for a new pet! With numerous animal welfare organizations participating from across Ontario and Quebec, this two-day event will allow people to meet with hundreds of friendly, lovable dogs and cats, chat with experts and take home a new best friend the same day. In addition, each adopter will receive a goody bag from BISSELL and BISSELL Pet Foundation equipped with a few pet essentials. Last year was a resounding success with more than 600 animals finding homes in just two days!

“Each year more than 15,000 animals enter GTA shelters. During these two days we hope to find hundreds of them new forever homes. Anyone who is considering adding a pet to their family should join us and see for themselves the amazing animals available for adoption,” said Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director, Toronto Humane Society.

“Pet adoption is the core of our mission,” explained Cathy Bissell, Founder of BISSELL Pet Foundation. “We are grateful to our Toronto partners who are working hard to find every pet a loving, forever home and to those who open their hearts to an animal in need by choosing adoption.”

“Initiatives such as this have a large impact on the homeless animal population in our community. The City of Toronto is very excited to partner and co-host this great event for a third year,” said Elizabeth Glibbery, Manager, Toronto Animal Services.

How to Adopt

Visit the Mega Pet Adoption Event July 8-9 at the Queen Elizabeth Building from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Visit http://www.torontohumanesociety.com for more information.

About BISSELL Pet Foundation: BISSELL Pet Foundation is a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to help reduce the number of animals in shelters and to support organizations dedicated to the humane care and treatment of animals through pet adoption, spay/neuter programs, microchipping and foster care. Founded in 2011 by Cathy Bissell, the BISSELL Pet Foundation is an extension of her long-standing love for animals and commitment to their welfare. The foundation is supported by BISSELL Homecare, Inc., a 140-year-old Grand Rapids-based floor care appliance brand in its fourth generation of family leadership.

ABOUT BISSELL CANADA

In Canada for over 130 years, BISSELL Canada Corporation has developed innovative floor care solutions that make cleaning easier. As the top-selling brand in floor care appliances*, BISSELL understands that fuller lives often mean more messes, and that convenient cleaning tools help us embrace life’s messier moments. Now in its fourth generation of family leadership, the company supplies households across the globe with vacuums, sweepers, deep-cleaning machines, hard floor cleaners and cleaning formulas. For more on the BISSELL complete line of floor care products, visit http://www.bissell.ca.

*NPD Unit Sales Data

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year. Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

About Toronto Animal Services and the City of Toronto:

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) encourages safe and enjoyable communities for both people and pets. TAS promotes responsible pet ownership, encourages voluntary compliance with animal-related laws, promotes pet adoption and pet licensing and microchipping.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

Communications Department
416-392-2273 ext. 2391
communications@torontohumanesociety.com