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Give Back on Giving Tuesday

Toronto, Ontario - November 26, 2014

Most Canadians are aware of the shopping madness that takes place on Black Friday and Cyber Monday both here and in the United States, but Giving Tuesday is still a relatively new concept – one that we hope will catch on!

Giving Tuesday is the official ‘opening day of the giving season’. Taking place on December 2nd it follows immediately after two days of self-gratification and bargain hunting for a reason – we’ve given to ourselves, we’ve given to economy, now it’s time to give back to the community and the causes that are near and dear to our hearts.

We at the Toronto Humane Society 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 share $5, $10, $20 or $25 with us by texting CARE + dollar amount (e.g. CARE$20) to 20222.

A chill is in the air, but you can put a little warmth back into the day by sharing with the animals that call the Toronto Humane Society a temporary home. Your dollars make a huge difference in their lives – from providing food and shelter from the blustery weather, to funding much needed surgeries or medical treatment for the ill.

You don’t have to be a billionaire to give back. Giving Tuesday is about ordinary people coming together doing extraordinary things. It sounds cliché, but the truth really is that every little bit counts! We can use Giving Tuesday as a way to show each other how powerful humanity can be when we unite for the good.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

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


Toronto Humane Society hosts PAWS in the Park®

Toronto, Ontario - August 18, 2014

August 24th, 2014 - On August 24th Woodbine Park will be filled with hundreds of walkers and their furry four legged friends as the Toronto Humane Society hosts PAWS in the Park.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be hosting “PAWS in the Park” again this year. PAWS in the Park has long been one of my favourite events and it’s always such a wonderful, positive and fun day for doggies and their guardians.” says award-winning comedian, actress, television and radio host Carla Collins.

Participants will walk along the Martin Goodman Trail in Ashbridges Bay Park to support the thousands of sick, injured and abandoned animals cared for by The Toronto Humane Society.

Festivities before and after the scenic walk will include something for everyone - live music by two fantastic up and coming bands, food vendors including lunch fare with vegetarian options and desserts, face-painting and caricatures, dog agility show, dog photo shoots and primping, an incredible silent auction and more!

All funds raised will support the work of the Toronto Humane Society.

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


Adopt a Pet for $25 at the Mega Pet Adoption Weekend July 4-6, 2014

Toronto, ON - June 25, 2014

The dog (and cat) days of summer are here. Adopt a dog or cat at the Mega Pet Adoption Weekend, taking place July 4-6 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at the Exhibition Place in Toronto. For $25 you can bring home a new family member that will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated; note standard licensing fees apply to City of Toronto residents.

This event is the first of its kind in Canada, and is hosted by the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services and proudly sponsored by PetSmart Charities® of Canada and PetSmart®.

With animal welfare organizations participating from across the Greater Toronto area, this weekend long event will allow people to meet with hundreds of friendly, lovable dogs and cats with an adoption goal of 350. Whether it’s a clever kitten or a playful puppy, you will have the opportunity to meet the available pets, chat with experts and take home your new best friend the same day.

“Adopting a new companion is a rewarding decision, one that will bring a lot of joy and create memories to last a lifetime,” said John DeFranco, president, PetSmart Charities® of Canada. “Through partnerships, such as those with the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services, we’re able to find forever homes for even more pets.”

PetSmart Charities of Canada will reward all participating animal welfare organizations. Each organization will receive $35 in grants for every pet adopted during the event.

“Each year more than 15,000 animals enter GTA shelters. During these three days we hope to find 350 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.

“Partnership initiatives such as this create a stronger impact for homeless animals in our community. The City of Toronto is very excited to participate in this great event,” said Elizabeth Glibbery, Manager, Toronto Animal Services.

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities of Canada’s Mega Adoption Event July 4-6 at the Queen Elizabeth Building from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Visit www.petsmartcharities.org/toronto for more information.

Join the Conversation
You can follow PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart on Facebook throughout Mega Adoption Weekend at www.facebook.com/PetSmartCharities and www.facebook.com/PetSmart. Or, talk with us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PetSmartChariTs and https://twitter.com/PetSmart and by following the hashtag #adoptlove. We also invite you to share your adoption story. Your pet’s happy “tail” will be posted on PetSmart Charities Pet Adoption Announcements page.

About PetSmart Charities® of Canada:
PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. More than 14,000 dogs and cats 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 $3.7 million to help pets in need, with a focus on spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, separate from PetSmart, Inc.

About PetSmart Canada
PetSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PETM) is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information (http://www.petsmart.com). The company employs approximately 54,000 associates and operates more than 1,314 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, and over 196 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products; and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart Doggie Day Camp SM day care services and pet adoption services. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities®, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 5 million pets since 1994. PetSmart Charities, Inc. and PetSmart Charities of Canada, Inc. (“PetSmart Charities”) are independent, nonprofit organizations that save the lives of homeless pets and reduce shelter intake through spay/neuter efforts. In 2012, nearly 450,000 dogs and cats found homes through PetSmart Charities’ adoption centers in all PetSmart stores and by sponsoring community adoption events. PetSmart Charities is the leader in granting money to help pets in need, with more than $28 million given in 2012 throughout North America.

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 the City of Toronto:
Toronto is Canada’s largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit http://www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

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


Purina’s Paws for the Planet Program

Toronto, ON - June 12, 2014

Purina’s Paws for the Planet Program Creates Eco-Impact at the Toronto Humane Society. Renovation work a showcase of continued partner commitment and community support.

Animals at the Toronto Humane Society will be spending more time outside this summer thanks to the Paws for the Planet initiative, a program established by Purina and Evergreen to create a better, greener world for people and their pets. Communities across the country are pitching in to create safe and sustainable spaces for shelter animals to enjoy while they wait for their forever homes.

The Toronto Humane Society (THS) was the fourth of seven shelters across Canada to receive the green treatment as Purina and Evergreen joined together to renovate the renowned shelter that has been helping animals for decades. Last year, Paws for the Planet visited five shelters across Canada, including Toronto, where the team created a rooftop garden with a variety of animal-friendly plants.

This year the team picked up where they left off by renovating the outdoor dog park. “Although we try to walk our dogs for about 90 minutes each day, we also want them to have time to play,” says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director of the THS. “We’re so excited that the Paws for the Planet program is back this year to renovate our dog park to allow them safe off-leash time.”

The team planted trees along the fence line to keep pets away from outside distractions and provide shade, and built play structures and a ‘dog boardwalk’.

“Outdoor green spaces are so important for animals,” says Stephanie Deotto, Shopper Marketing Manager, Nestlé Purina PetCare. “We’re thrilled to help create a space where the dogs can be dogs. Purina is proud be driving this program that is enriching the lives of pets across Canada by creating safer, playful and more eco-conscious green spaces.”

Canadians can join the initiative and learn how to reduce their pet’s eco-paw print by visiting www.pawsfortheplanet.ca. They can also enter the contest online to win one of three $5000 backyard makeovers to create more green space at home to enjoy with their pets. With every contest entry, Purina will donate $5 (up to a maximum of $50,000) to Evergreen’s Stewardship and Restoration/Urban Ecology program to engage people in creating, restoring and stewarding accessible public green spaces across Canada.

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 Nestlé Purina PetCare Canada
Nestlé Purina PetCare is a leading pet care company and global manufacturer of quality and nutritious pet food brands such as Pro Plan(R), Purina ONE(R), Dog Chow(R), Alpo(R), Beneful(R), Beggin’ Strips(R), T-Bonz(R), Cat Chow(R), Friskies(R), Fancy Feast(R), Luv(R), and cat box filler brands such as Maxx(R) Scoop Multi-Cat. Our promise, Your Pet, Our Passion(R), and the creation of PawsWay Pet Discovery Centre, the permanent home of the Purina Animal Hall of Fame(TM), reflects our commitment to pets and promoting responsible pet care. Purina is the proud sponsor of The Purina National(R) and the Lions Foundation of Canada Purina(R) Walk for Dog Guides.

About Evergreen
Evergreen is a not-for-profit organization that makes cities more livable. By deepening the connection between people and nature, and empowering Canadians to take a hands-on approach to their urban environments, Evergreen is improving the health of our cities - now and for the future. Since 1991, it has engaged people in creating and sustaining healthy, dynamic outdoor spaces across Canada - in schools, communities and homes. Its entrepreneurial approach to social responsibility creates vibrant neighbourhoods, a healthy natural environment and a sustainable society for all. To learn more please visit www.evergreen.ca.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

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


A Safe Option for Rehoming Pets

Toronto, ON - April 29, 2014

A woman in Brant County was recently attacked after she posted an advertisement regarding dogs for sale via an online website. Luckily the owner of the dogs escaped with minor injuries, unfortunately the pups are no where to be found.

In light of this, and other recent events involving harm perpetrated against individuals attempting to buy or sell items online, the Toronto Humane Society would like to remind individuals that inviting strangers into your home for the purposes of a business interaction can be extremely dangerous and should be avoided if possible.

The Toronto Humane Society offers facilitated adoptions for those clients interested in re homing their pets without having them enter the shelter. Animals are promoted for adoption through the Toronto Humane Society while they remain in the owner’s home. Meet and greets and adoption interviews are held safely on our premises, led by experienced staff members.

We are proud to be able offer this safe and easily accessible service to residents of the Greater Toronto Area. Please contact us for further details.

We hope that a tragedy such as this is never repeated.

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


Dog Training Saves Lives

Toronto, ON - March 10, 2014

According to the SPCA a dog without basic obedience training is six times more likely to end up in a shelter than one with training. This means that one of the best ways to help keep dogs at home with their families and out of shelters is to provide them with some form of obedience training.

The Toronto Humane Society is proud to offer dog owners some help. From puppy training to one-on-one lessons the Toronto Humane Society is offering a variety of canine training classes to help pet owners train their dogs and to help reduce the number of dogs surrendered to shelters each year for behavioural issues.

Highly trained and experienced members of the Canine Behaviour department help owners deal with issues ranging from basic obedience like jumping, chewing, and barking, to more advanced problem solving issues like food and toy possessiveness and separation anxiety.
In addition to the very affordable prices, the Society also offers a discount for dogs that have been adopted from the 11 River St. shelter as well as for staff and volunteers.

“Yes, you can teach an old dog new tricks,” says Toronto Humane Society Canine Behaviour Specialist, Shaswar Ahmadarahman. “All dogs can benefit from training classes whether they are young or old, from a breeder or rescued from a shelter.”

Not only does training strengthen the bond between pet parents and their four-legged family members, it helps everyone be happier. Dogs feel at ease knowing what is expected of them and pet owners feel confident knowing that they can safely take their dogs in public or give them a little extra freedom at home. Even if a dog already has basic training he or she can still benefit from an advanced class or agility work which provides them with both mental and physical stimulation.

With most behavioural issues prevention is the key. It is much easier to stop bad habits before they start so owners should not wait until they are having problems to ask for help. Canine training is one of the most important investments a pet owner can make, so the Toronto Humane Society encourages dog owners to visitwww.torontohumanesociety.com to learn more about all the available programs and services.

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


The Toronto Humane Society Celebrates World Spay Neuter Day

Toronto, ON - February 25, 2014

This year marks the 20th anniversary of World Spay Day, an annual campaign that highlights the importance of spaying and neutering your pet and the Toronto Humane Society has reason to celebrate.

Since the Society announced the construction of a high volume spay and neuter clinic less than two years ago, they have successfully provided spay and neuter services for thousands of cats, dogs, puppies and kittens. Not only has the clinic helped pet owners from across the GTA and beyond, it has provided free trap neuter and release services for over 1000 feral cats in the city.

Pet overpopulation is a big problem in the city of Toronto. Estimates place the population of homeless cats in the city to number between 100,000 and 300,000. Toronto shelters continue to take in thousands of homeless and abandoned cats each year.

“The average cat can produce up to 18 kittens per year.” says Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director at the Toronto Humane Society. “The best way we can help the hundreds of abandoned kittens that turn up in our shelters every spring and summer is to prevent them by ensuring people spay and neuter their pets.”

While many owners may be aware of the health benefits of sterilization including a reduced risk of developing numerous health problems (including reproductive cancers and infections) and behaviour problems such as territorial marking, destructiveness and aggression, the high cost of surgery places it out of reach for many.

With the help of a generous grant from PetSmart Charities, the Toronto Humane Society was able to offer $20 neuters for both dogs and cats for the entire month of January and is currently offering feline spays for $20 as part of their “Beat the Heat” campaign. A total of 453 clients accessed our Spay/Neuter Services in January and at this point in mid-February we have assisted an additional 220 clients looking to have their pet spayed or neutered in order to combat pet overpopulation. Even while accommodating as many as 40 clients per day the clinic is already booked into April.

“It’s so wonderful that we can now reach out to so many animals in the community that need our help in addition to all the great work we do for the animals in the shelter” said Barbara. It is the mandate of the Society that all cats and dogs adopted from the shelter are fully vaccinated and spayed or neutered before the 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.

If you are seeking further information please contact:

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