Aug 10, 2011

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Michael Downey steps down from Board
Michael Downey, President of the THS from June 2010 to June 2011, has decided to resign from the Board effective immediately. Michael continues to fully support the current direction of the THS, but felt the time was right to step down.

After re-opening its doors in June 2010 the THS is now a stable organization with sound financial metrics and many best-in-class procedures in place for animal care. All of these important health indicators led Michael to feel comfortable stepping down from the Board at this time.

Michael felt more of his time was needed to focus on the opportunities and challenges facing Tennis Canada, where he is employed as President and CEO. Michael, a cancer survivor, also wanted to spend more time with his family, wife Beth and sons Mackenzie and Sam after a very busy year helping to re-launch the THS. Michael is proud to remain as an active member and monthly donor of the THS.

Michael is confident that the tremendous strides that have been made by the organization in the past year will continue under the direction of the incoming CEO, Dr. Jacques Messier (DVM), the new Board President, Marcie Laking, and Board Chair, Linda MacKinnon.
Biodegradable bags needed
The shelter is currently experiencing a shortage of "poop-n-scoop" bags and would like to ask our friends to please help by donating old bread bags and other biodegradable bags that we can use for dog walking.

If you or someone you know is able to help out, please bring your donation to the shelter’s front desk at 11 River during regular business hours

(Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 12-7 pm, Thursday & Friday 12-8 pm and Saturday & Sunday 10 am to 7 pm.)
Chester is a brave little Beagle!

Chester is a lovely two-year-old Beagle who came to the THS as a medical surrender after being hit by a car. His back legs were quite badly injured, but after receiving the medical care he needed from our veterinary staff, he has done very well and is ready to start a new life in his forever home.

A typical Beagle, Chester is a happy guy who loves to explore and follow his nose. Chester would thrive in a home where he would get a lot of walks and exercise, and with owners who have the time to devote to his ongoing training. A house rather than an apartment would be best for Chester, as he does like to speak when left alone.

Chester has been through an ordeal and is ready to settle in for good. If you think you would like to give this brave little Beagle the second chance he deserves, please come in and find out more about him from our adoption staff. Chester will be waiting for you!

Helping feral kitties live humane lives

Trap Neuter Return (TNR), our largest outreach community program, has now held 15 clinics and spayed/neutered more than 400 street cats! What’s more, we set a personal record sterilizing 50 cats at one of our recent clinics (held on July 17th)!

Also important to remember is that this program is completely volunteer-driven. That means 12-15 volunteers work diligently during our weekend and evening clinics from fall to spring ensuring Toronto’s feral felines are able to lead more humane lives. Overall, TNR involves trapping all or most of the cats in a colony, having them neutered and vaccinated and then returning them to their territory.

Our next clinic will be held on August 31. Also coming up: Save the date for October 16th which is National Feral Cat Awareness Day. We will be holding an exciting event at the shelter to celebrate this special day. If you would like to volunteer to assist with the planning of this event please email

To view a video of last year’s activities visit:

First aid for animals

Learn how to prepare for an animal medical emergency and administer basic first aid to dogs and cats in our next free Public Education Evening on August 24 at 7 p.m. Held at 11 River St. in the second floor boardroom, this session will feature guest speakers Dr. Rock Rock, a THS veterinarian, and Registered Veterinary Technicians Phil Nichols and Makyla Smith, also part of the THS medical team.

Some of the important skills that will be taught/demonstrated include how to approach a sick or injured dog or cat, safe restraint and transport, recognition and assessment of an emergency involving your pet, what to do in the case of choking, shock and severe bleeding, emergency numbers to have on hand and how to give lifesaving rescue breathing and CPR to cats and dogs. Participants will also learn how to put together a first aid kit for his/her animal companion(s).This event is recognized by The Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians and registered veterinary technicians who attend will be eligible to receive CE credit(s).

Odie needs a patient, active owner
This is Odie! He is a 5-year-old Jack Russell Terrier who was surrendered to the THS with another dog when his previous owner could no longer care for him. His friend has long since been adopted, but Odie’s still waiting for his loving forever home. He’s a very sweet boy and is certainly true to his Jack Russell nature in that he has boundless energy! However, he can be a bit unsure when meeting new people so he would prefer an active, patient owner who can take the time to show him that there are still people in this world that he can trust.

Because he can be a bit nervous, Odie would prefer a home without young children. He was not socialized with large dogs in his previous home, and as a result he’s not sure what to think when they come near - he puts on a show, but really he just doesn't know what they want from him! Once you win his trust, Odie will love and admire you forever! If you think that you can help provide this little guy with the courage to thrive in his new forever home, come down to the shelter and meet him in person!
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Science Diet Pet Food is now available for sale at our 11 River Street Shelter. All profits from sales go to The Toronto Humane Society! Thanks, Hill's!

Hill's® Science Diet® "Second Chance for Love" shelter program has partnered with us and is donating pet food for all dogs, cats, kittens and puppies being cared for here at the Society.
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The Toronto Humane Society is located at:
11 River Street,
Toronto, ON M5A 4C2

Adoption Hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm
Thursday & Friday: 12pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10pm - 6pm