Keep Families Together This Holiday Season – Including Pets

| December 19, 2023

Toronto Humane Society Shares Heartwarming Story and Calls for Life-Saving Donations this Holiday Season!

TORONTO, ON. – December 19, 2023 – As the holiday season approaches, Toronto Humane Society is urging people to cherish the bond they share with their all their family members (including pets) and to consider the profound impact that their companionship has on their lives. The message is clear: Pets are not just pets; they are family.

In the spirit of the season of giving, Toronto Humane Society is sharing a heartwarming story that exemplifies the deep connection between pets and their guardians.

Dji Dji and Rumina’s Story

Meet Dji Dji, a beloved 13-year-old German Spitz, and her devoted pet parent Rumina. Dji Dji played an essential role in Rumina’s life, offering unconditional love and an unspoken connection during times of health challenges and financial strains.

“Dji Dji means the world to me. She was born in Bulgaria where she was taken care of by my elderly parents. After they both passed away there was no one else to care for her and I knew that I needed to adopt her and bring her to Canada to live with me. Dji Dji is not only my best friend and dog, but she is a living memory of my beloved parents who cared for her at the beginning of her life,” shares Rumina, Dji Dji’s guardian.

Recently, Dji Dji faced a life-threatening uterine infection known as pyometra, and the resulting treatment costs presented a significant obstacle for Rumina. In those challenging moments, the fear and uncertainty felt by Dji Dji were palpable, unable to express her pain or understand the challenges ahead. Fortunately, thanks to the compassionate support of generous individuals, hope prevailed.

Toronto Humane Society stepped in, providing Dji Dji with a second chance at life. This heartwarming tale is a testament to the love, resilience, and the power of kindness that can change the course of a pet’s life.

“Toronto Humane Society saved Dji Dji’s life. Without Toronto Humane Society, I would have been out of options. Only you can make a difference. Without you, there is no Toronto Humane Society, and without Toronto Humane Society there would be no Dji Dji today,” explains Rumina.

Rumina and Dji Dji, and Dji Dji after her surgery.

Phil Nichols, CEO of Toronto Humane Society, emphasizes the importance of keeping pets and their families together, stating, “Pets are not just pets; they are family. They fill our lives with unconditional love and an unspoken connection. Dji Dji’s story highlights the challenges faced by pet guardians and the crucial role organizations like Toronto Humane Society play in keeping these precious bonds intact.”

Nichols continues, “Your generosity saves lives like Dji Dji’s. It keeps families together and pets out of the shelter system. This holiday season, we urge the community to consider making a donation that will be doubled by a generous family member of Michael Creber. Your gift ensures that more pets receive the care they need, providing hope and happiness to families during the festive season.”

This holiday season, Toronto Humane Society invites everyone to contribute to their goal of keeping pets and families together by making a donation.

All donations will be doubled by a generous family member of Michael Creber. Your gift of $10 becomes $20, $50 becomes $100, and $1000 becomes $2000, ensuring more pets receive the care they need.

For more information on how you can make a difference this holiday season, please visit Toronto Humane Society’s website at

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

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