Happy Tails

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Buddy

Buddy

February 21, 2020

I wanted to write to the you, the Toronto Humane Society, to thank you. I didn’t know walking into the Humane Society July 2006 would change my life forever! I thought I was walking into to save a life but actually, Buddy saved mine. He was with me through all my ups and downs. We had 15 wonderful years together and I hope he was happy with the life I was able to provide for him. I believe Buddy was my guardian angel and we were meant to meet the day I walked through those doors.

My baby Buddy peacefully passed away in my arms January 29, 2020 after 15 amazing, definitely not long enough years. It’s been extremely difficult to cope with his loss, he was my everything. I am grateful and blessed that he chose me to be his mommy that day and I am thankful to the Humane Society for allowing me the privilege and honour to adopt the most amazing and wonderful dog, my best friend, Buddy.


Lucky

Lucky

February 13, 2020

We adopted Lucky Prince Stephano (formerly Mr. Stephano), a Border Collie, at your facility on October 27, 2013 as a senior dog, who was brought to the THS from Woodstock. Lucky had an incredibly eventful, happy, fun, comfortable, yet health challenged filled life, but it was astonishing how resilient and life-loving Lucky was while fighting, earning the nickname of a “Miracle Dog” at our doctor-veterinarian’s practice. Lucky lived six happy years with us in addition to his already deep senior years, and it is with great sadness that he passed away naturally, at home, in our loving arms on November 7, 2019.

Lucky had an extraordinary, stellar life force that allowed him to champion every challenge, no matter how severe or potentially deadly it was, and rise with dignity, fighting for every breath, every step, every hour. He was faithfully by my side for years while I was writing my PhD dissertation, but regretfully, he did not make it to the doctoral defense, having passed away three weeks before my big day.

The lantern of Lucky’s heart will forever illuminate our lives, and we are so grateful for all the incredible years of joy and love he gave us.


Carousel

Carousel

February 06, 2020

Proudly, I successfully adopted Carousel in the fall of 2019 after fostering her. Carousel is an incredible and phenomenal cat and we are more than happy and thrilled to have her with us at our home for the duration of her natural life. Initially, she was transferred from another shelter as a special needs feline.

We love, adore and cherish Carousel and look forward to seeing her continue to be healthy and happy. She has become a sensation among our neighbours and their children too as they give her a pat and say hello when they see her. I encourage anybody to Foster and/or Adopt from The Toronto Humane Society. You never know until you try. I cannot tell you how an animal makes an incredible and positive difference. Thank you Carousel and The Toronto Humane Society.


Sammy

Sammy

January 31, 2020

My family and I adopted Sammy back in June. We visited the Humane Society every weekend to look for a dog that we felt was perfect for us. That’s when my dad had spotted Sammy. I think it was the fact that he had one brown eye and one blue eye that caught his attention. We then asked about him to the staff and they said that he was not available for adoption yet. My sister and I then called everyday, checking to see if he was available. The moment he was, we then ran to the Humane Society and set up the meet and greet for Sammy. Sammy was so sweet and friendly and I knew instantly the moment that I met him he was the one for us. Ever since we adopted Sammy, he has become my best friend. We love cuddling together and playing chase both inside and outside. He went from a puppy who only knew how to sit, to a puppy who can roll over, shake a paw, spin, lie down, and so much more. Thank you Toronto Humane Society for giving me a new family member. My family and I are forever grateful. We love you Sammy!


Chonk and LB

Chonk and LB

January 23, 2020

When we saw the picture of Little Boy (formerly Mr. Corney) and his sweet little face and eyes, we knew he was the one. When we went in to go see him, we were told that he was actually part of a bonded pair. As soon as we met Chonk (formerly Mayle) and LB, I think we knew right away that we wouldn’t be able to say no to both of them. They warmed up to us immediately and we loved how floofy they were. We were told that they had just been returned from a previous adoption and we knew it was meant to be.

Once we got them home, they didn’t even last ten minutes in the sanctuary room before they wanted to go explore. Chonk was immediately comfortable but poor LB hid in a closet for weeks. LB was really anxious and really small compared to Chonk when we got them. We figured out it was because Chonk was always stealing LB’s food. We started feeding them separately and noticed positive changes in LB. He finally warmed up to us and wouldn’t hide in the closet all the time.

They both turned 8 last month. LB put on a couple of kilos and is now considered healthy. They are also now West Coast Kitties! We moved to Vancouver a couple of weeks ago. They traveled so well on the plane and adjusted to their new home no problem. Yesterday was our one year adoptaversary and one year as a family. They are silly, sassy, great little snugglers and we can’t imagine life without them. We are so happy we ended up with two and would adopt all of the kitties if we could.


Dallas

Dallas

January 16, 2020

(previously Charlie Chaplin) Happy 1st anniversary to Dallas who came into our lives on January 12, 2019. We soon realized why he was named Charlie Chaplin. He was just over a year old when we met him and he was very quiet. He didn’t bark, cry or wag his tail.

Since his arrival into our family, he has learned to trust and love us all. Dallas is now a very confident dog who enjoys children and adults. He loves all the attention that his friends and neighbours give him, but most of all we have earned his trust. Dallas has a girlfriend named Lola and lots of other friends who he has playdates with. He enjoys truck rides to the forest, to Lake Ontario or just taking it easy in his backyard on a beautiful sunny day.

In November, we celebrated Dallas’ second birthday with party hats, dog treats and presents. There were a few doggie guests in attendance as well. We have never seen Dallas look so happy except for Christmas when Santa brought him even more presents! Dallas found his forever home!


Garth

Garth

January 09, 2020

(Formerly Croissant) Since being in his new home, Garth has grown so much. He has been eating well and discovered the litter box right away with no problems! Garth is a playful kitten (even at 3am) who loves his plastic string toys and wrestling with his stuffed llama toy. In the morning Garth always gives his mommy kisses to wake her up! He also likes to go outside on a leash when the weather was warmer and even enjoys car rides (he feels more comfortably when mommy holds his paw).

Garth loves to watch the water run for some reason and jumps up onto the counter whenever someone has the sink on. He has had so many adventures so far. Thank you for taking such good care of Garth until he got adopted. He is so happy in his new home!


Sally

Sally

January 03, 2020

It’s just coming up to the five month mark since I adopted Salchicha (Spanish for sausage) (now Sally) on June 19th this year. She came from Puebla, Mexico through you and had just been with THS for 3 days. She was sweet and very shy. I’m very happy to tell you that gradually Sally has transformed into a confident tail-wagging walker and a mischievous, playful girl. She is content to spend her time at home on the couch (trying to get her to stay on her bed didn’t last long) and is quiet when I am out, amusing herself by moving my shoes, gloves, her leash and harness, balls, and food bowl to the couch with her, her security items.

I wanted to say that the advice you gave in your handout “Adopting a Shelter Dog” was very good guidance and I hope that you emphasize the tips in it to new owners. Patience, routine and consistency and closely supervised meetings with new dogs and people has paid off dividends. We have also had some milestones along the way. One day when I went to put her harness on she unexpectedly sat up on her hind legs front feet in the air so I could put her harness on easily! Smart dog! Last month she actually chased a ball and brought it back to me (sort of.) Another day we were walking along the street and someone had left a box of kids stuffies out (no longer loved) for people to help themselves and so Sally picked up a lamb hand puppet and carried it proudly home!

Many thanks to Morgan who facilitated the adoption and also to THS!


Coco

Coco

December 20, 2019

We just want to introduce our beloved Coco (previously Sapphire) to you. We adopted her at Paws in the Park event this August. She adjusted to a life in a house very quickly and without any problems despite the fact that she never lived with people for more than a couple of days. She did not know the sound of a fridge opening or what a dog is supposed to do when their human comes home. Well, now she knows and it did not take her long to figure it out. She runs to the fridge every time it opens and greets us as if she hadn’t seen us for days! She brings joy to our lives every day and for that we are immensely grateful.

Big thank you to all the staff and volunteers at the Toronto Humane Society!


Murphy

Murphy

December 12, 2019

At the end of November, Kavan (now Murphy) came into our home as a foster to adopt. After a few months, we found out that Kavan had a rare condition which caused a very snotty nose, bad breathing and lots of sneezing. We had already fallen in love with his personality, and how he easily made himself at home.

After the first successful procedure, Murphy came home and smelled the walls. We were confused, but we realized how horrible his smelling was before the procedure! Thanks to the amazing people at Toronto Humane Society and TVEH, we were able to do a few more procedures to help him get to where he is today!

Eight months later, we couldn’t imagine our home without Murphy. He snuggles with us every night (and brings us toys in the middle of the night), meows so loud for his wet food every morning, and follows us around the house. Thanks so much for all of your help to give our crazy cat his best life. We’re so happy he’s part of our home now.