From the Big Screen To Your Heart: Toronto Humane Society Teams Up With Sony Pictures Canada For a Garfield Themed Cat Meet-and-Greet Event

| May 6, 2024

Experience the Joy of Adoption and the Hilarity of Garfield’s Antics at This One-of-a-Kind Event, Featuring Cats from Toronto Humane Society, Face Painting, and More!

TORONTO, ON. – May 6, 2024 – Toronto Humane Society, in collaboration with Sony Pictures Canada, is thrilled to announce an exciting 3-day activation event in promotion of The Garfield Movie, popping up at Dufferin Mall – Centre Court in Toronto, from May 17th to May 19th, 2024!

This unique event aims to celebrate the upcoming release of The Garfield Movie, exclusively in theatres across Canada on May 24th, while also promoting the noble cause of animal adoption. Attendees can expect a weekend filled with fun activities, including meeting cats available for adoption from Toronto Humane Society, engaging face painting sessions, and much more.

“We are excited to partner with Sony Pictures Canada for this special event,” said Lucas Solowey, Manager of Public Relations at Toronto Humane Society. “It’s a fantastic opportunity to showcase a few of the wonderful cats available for adoption while also celebrating the iconic Garfield character.”

On some topics raised in the film, Solowey had some thoughts to share: “While Garfield may have a passionate love of lasagna, here at Toronto Humane Society, we advocate for a healthier diet for our feline friends. Trust us, your cat will thank you for sticking to the cat food aisle!”

When it comes to Garfield’s obsession with shipping Nermal off to Abu Dhabi, Solowey continues, “unlike Garfield’s misadventures of shipping Nermal off to Abu Dhabi, we believe in finding loving forever homes for our furry friends right here in Toronto. Adopting a cat is the perfect way to add joy and companionship to your life, without any international shipping fees!”

You are invited to drop by the pop-up event, get your face painted, learn more about the movie, and meet some of the cats available for adoption. The event is taking place:

  • Friday, May 17th: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
  • Saturday, May 18th: 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.,
  • Sunday, May 19th:11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Note: Those interested in adopting will be able to view the cats, but the adoption process would take place at Toronto Humane Society (11 River St, Toronto, ON).

To learn more about The Garfield Movie, visit 
To learn more about Toronto Humane Society and cat adoption, visit


Garfield (voiced by Chris Pratt), the world-famous, Monday-hating, lasagna-loving indoor cat, is about to have a wild outdoor adventure! After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson) – Garfield and his canine friend Odie are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.

About Sony Pictures Entertainment

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation. SPE’s global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition, and distribution; television production, acquisition, and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. Sony Pictures Television operates dozens of wholly-owned or joint-venture production companies around the world. SPE’s Motion Picture Group production organizations include Columbia Pictures, Screen Gems, TriStar Pictures, 3000 Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Stage 6 Films, AFFIRM Films, Sony Pictures International Productions, and Sony Pictures Classics.

About Toronto Humane Society

Toronto Humane Society’s mission is to Improve the Lives of Animals. The organization excels in all ways an animal shelter should, with industry- leading shelter care, veterinary services, animal training and behaviour consultations. Toronto Humane Society believes in the importance of the human-animal bond, finds new homes for thousands of animals, and helps keep families together.

Toronto Humane Society is more than an animal shelter. They are an educational resource and support system, a leading voice in animal welfare and accessible care. The organization is also a centre of excellence, a space where best practices and boundary-pushing knowledge meet with unyielding optimism and a love for animals to create something special. Toronto Humane Society is like no other. For more information, visit

For more information, or to arrange an interview please contact:

Lucas Solowey, Manager, Public Relations, Toronto Humane Society or call 416-392-2273 ext. 2196

Grant Sturgeon, Director, Publicity & Promotions, Sony Pictures Canada or call 416-275-2518