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Give a Gift of New Beginnings

Give a Gift of New Beginnings

March 31, 2021

What does Spring mean to you?

Is it the buds on the branches? The songbirds’ morning ritual? The warmer air, full of things you never knew you missed? Maybe it’s seeing people outside, in the parks or on the sidewalks, finally enjoying the weather?

For most, Spring brings a sense of renewal. New beginnings with a spring in your step. It’s about looking ahead with optimism and a new sense of possibility. The only thing better than experiencing the excitement of Spring for yourself is to share it with those you care about.

Share this sense of renewal with animals in need. Visit our Spring Beginnings page and send them a Spring Starter Pack. These gifts include pampering, treats for training, and enrichment toys—everything the pets in our care need to get ready for their new beginnings in a new, loving forever home.

When you gift a Spring Starter Pack to an animal in our care, you will receive a special thank you letter from an animal you helped in the days following.



Toronto Humane Society’s 50/50 Raffle is Back!

Toronto Humane Society’s 50/50 Raffle is Back!

March 23, 2021

Toronto Humane Society’s 50/50 Raffle is back!

New chances to win, more animals to help


No one expects a reward when they spend time with and help animals. The odd cuddle? Sure! A quick kiss? Well, if you say so. But these are more perks than rewards.

Now, helping animals does come with its own reward! Toronto Humane Society’s 50/50 Raffle is back with an estimated pot currently at $9,999 and growing. This number will only increase as more tickets are purchased, so get your friends involved!

What would you do if you won $9,999? We know what Picatso, a previously stray cat who is now in our care, would do. She dreams of swimming in a pool of her favourite treats – catnip and cheddar flavoured Temptations. Although she won’t be winning the grand pot prize, proceeds will help pets like Picatso find a new home – which is the ultimate pet dream. You could win upwards of $9,999 and pets in our care will win by finding their new homes. You win, pets win.

Tickets can be purchased as a 10 pack for $10, a 40 pack for $20, or a 100 pack of $40. The first early bird prize is $1,000, being drawn on April 1 – tickets must be purchased before March 31 to be eligible to enter.

Buy a ticket, improve the lives of animals, and who knows, maybe you’ll be the one who takes home that huge cash prize. When you play to win, animals in need have the chance to play with their new family.



Black History Month: Facing Change

Black History Month: Facing Change

February 23, 2021

Historically, Black individuals and people of colour have not been equally represented in the animal welfare community. According to research shared by CARE, an American organization that is devoted to bringing diverse voices to animal welfare while also advocating for a more inclusive path to pet adoption, this was because economic hardship has been a way of life for many in the Black community, so animal welfare and animal rights have not been a high priority. However, the most frequently cited reason for this under-representation in the industry is that non-profit organizations are not making the necessary systemic changes due to the complexity and long-term commitment of building diversity within their organizations.

At Toronto Humane Society, we are committed to tackling our own barriers. In June 2020, we shared our response to the Black Lives Matter movement, and we made a commitment, a promise, to ourselves and to our community, to advocate for change. Before we can advocate for such change, the change had to happen inside of our doors. It had to happen within our own organization.

The commitment put forward an initial two-step plan. The first step was to hire an employee to help Toronto Humane Society create a foundation for a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Program. In July 2020, Subah Chhabra, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, joined us and launched a formal Six-Phase DEI Program. Phase 1 of the process resulted in the creation of a Strategic Imperative which answered why it is important for Toronto Humane Society, as an organization, to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are now wrapping up Phase 2 of the program, which contains the Current-State Assessment. The current state of Assessment aims to provide better clarity of where we stand today, what the perspectives of our stakeholders are regarding DEI, and to create DEI benchmarks for us to achieve as an organization.

The second part of our commitment was to launch a research project to assess our accessibility as a whole (programs, services, volunteer opportunities, and donations). This project has two phases; the first phase is to discover our service and accessibility gaps by using a Geographic Information system (GIS), and the second phase is to create and implement a plan of action to address gaps that are discovered. By addressing gaps in our service areas, we may discover that there are families with pets in need of our assistance who are currently not aware of, or have barriers preventing them from accessing, our services. By better understanding the barriers that exist, we will be able to help more community members who are in need and increase our life saving capacity. Currently, we are in the process of gathering and plotting the data. We look forward to seeing the outcome of this project, and better understanding how people interact with our organization as a whole.

Black History Month 2021 is more than a celebration and reflection of the Black Community. It’s about taking action towards a more diverse community. Toronto Humane Society hopes that by taking steps to better understand ourselves and our community that we can remove barriers for Black individuals and people of colour in the animal welfare community. As James Baldwin said, “Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed, until it is faced.”



Send The Perfect Date The Perfect Valentine’s

Send The Perfect Date The Perfect Valentine’s

January 26, 2021

There is nothing quite like the love of an animal! The trust and devotion, the care, comfort, and companionship they bring each and every day. They greet you at the door in excitement and see you off. The sound of your return is the greatest thing in the world to them.

While so many people are stuck at home and feeling uncertain about what’s to come, this love is more important than ever. Many are turning to their animals to get through the day.

Whether it is a loyal labradoodle getting you outside for a walk, a curious cat interrupting your work meeting for a much needed break, or a bunny bouncing into your arms at the end of a rough day – our animals have been there for us.

This Valentine’s Day, we want to celebrate this love and share it with more people and more animals. How? By sending an animal in need a Valentine’s Day Goodie Gram.

When you purchase a Valentine’s Day Goodie Gram, an animal in need will receive a bag full of romantic goodies on your behalf. This will not only make their day, it’ll remind them that they are still loved.

Not only that, when you choose a Goodie Gram, you’ll get to send off a love letter of your own (written by one of our love experts). You will also get a special thank you letter from an animal you helped.

Funds from Goodie Grams will go towards new treats and toys, as well as care and sheltering of animals in need. It will also help them find their forever families. A simple Goodie Gram can spread an animal’s love to more homes.

Let’s start healing and giving hope. Let’s spread the love this Valentine’s Day.



Support us today by signing up to GoPoolit! 

Support us today by signing up to GoPoolit! 

January 15, 2021

The power is in your pocket change. 

We are excited to announce that we are now on GoPoolit.

We are one of the first charities to be on the social network, and you can be too! Register through our exclusive pre-launch link, and earn a “there from the start” badge. 

How GoPoolit works 

It’s a simple concept: sign up to GoPoolit and post what you normally would on your usual social networks – adorable photos of puppies, last night’s dinner creation or the gorgeous view of the city from your window.  

On each post you can nominate Toronto Humane Society which will allow your friends, family and followers to have the opportunity to donate between 2 to 20 cents to us if they “like” what you’ve posted. Additionally, Each day users of the app have the opportunity to hit the “golden buzzer” which will pool $1 towards your charity of choice – hopefully you choose us!

Users simply load any amount onto their wallet, even a small amount like $5 will do, and you can start posting and donating right now! 

It’s an easy way for you and your network to support our vital work every day – without breaking the bank. We believe that the smallest gestures can have the largest impacts. 

By signing up for GoPoolit today and nominating us on your posts, you will be joining thousands of others who believe that our social media posts can be a force for good in the world. 

Don’t forget - if your post goes viral, it could pool a huge amount of small donations for us! 

 For anyone looking to support us by simply doing the things that they already do, namely posting on social media, this is the ultimate tool for you! Sign up today and download the GoPoolit app – which is available on iOS and Android devices. 

We can’t wait to see you on GoPoolit to join us in saving many animals in need!



2020: The Year of Coming Together

2020: The Year of Coming Together

December 31, 2020

2020 has been an extraordinary year. But what stands out amongst all the change and uncertainty, is how remarkable Toronto Humane Society’s community is.

As the year comes to an end, we want to thank you for your constant support, especially during difficult times like these, as you continue to help improve the lives of animals and build a more humane society. Here are some key highlights that we accomplished this year, together:

Supporting Front Line Workers: At the beginning of the pandemic there was a shortage of PPE. We donated unused medical to St. Michaels. Then the call went out to our community for handmade PPE. You promptly responded and the PPE came flowing in. We have enough to last us for a long time, and our staff members look more stylish than ever.

Keeping Pets in Loving Homes: We were unsure if we would be considered an essential service at the beginning of the pandemic. So, we planned for minimal human presence in our facility and reached out to our community for help. You responded, quickly, and opened your homes as foster parents and adoptive parents. In the meantime, we rallied to ensure our voice was heard so that we can continue to care for animals at Toronto Humane Society. We want to thank all of the people who opened their homes to animals in need and supported us during this transitional period.

Increasing Community Support: During this time of uncertainty, Toronto Humane Society has been able to increase our community support thanks to the help of our donors. We doubled, even tripled, our efforts in community programs such as the Pet Food Bank, which provides food to humans and their pets during this time of economic hardship, and the Urgent Foster Care program, which lovingly provides a temporary solution for people who need help caring for their pets instead of relinquishing them. Thanks to your support we can go the extra mile to keep families in our community, and beyond, together. For example, cats had been going missing in Smiths Falls, Ontario. A few of these missing cats ended up in our care and we were able to reunite two of them with their guardians – including Bandit, who was so happy to see his human Peggy again. Although Bandit was in bad shape, when he finally saw his human, he started to meow like crazy – it was truly a beautiful moment.

Although a challenging year, COVID-19 has validated our belief in developing strong community ties. We’re grateful for every single one of you. For those of you who answered our calls for help, for those of you who stood by us even as you may have struggled, and for those of you who kept us going through it all. Together we were able to overcome obstacles and continue to help animals, and their guardians, in new ways.

Thank you for continuing to inspire us and may we all continue to love and support each other in 2021 and beyond.

Wishing your family safety, peace, and happiness.

- Everyone at Toronto Humane Society



Help ban declawing in Ontario

Help ban declawing in Ontario

December 11, 2020

Some think of declawing as nothing more than a permanent nail clipping – a little manicure that helps cats keep their claws off their furniture. But according to Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, Toronto Humane Society’s Director of Behaviour, the procedure is more like an amputation than a manicure. It is like removing the last bone on all of a human’s fingers.

Toronto Humane Society has always strongly opposed declawing. It is inhumane, very painful, and has negative long-lasting effects on cats.

Many countries have already banned the declawing of cats, such as Brazil, Israel, Australia, the UK and New Zealand. Within Canada, the provinces of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia have banned the practice. The collective Veterinary Associations of Nova Scotia, British Columbia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta, New Brunswick, and Manitoba have banned declawing too.

An exciting bill has just been put forward to ban declawing of cats in Ontario – but this is only half the battle. We need your help and support to ensure this bill passes.

How you can help

Email your MPP and express your support for banning declawing in Ontario. Let’s also keep the conversation going and shed light on this cruel practice. Share this article, send a tweet, or text your friend with cats.

Together, we can help many feline friends from ever facing the painful reality of declawing.



The many ways to support animals this season

The many ways to support animals this season

November 19, 2020

We all know that, by supporting Toronto Humane Society, you are supporting animals and our animal-loving communities. But when you look at all the different ways you can give back, it might seem a little overwhelming. Especially for first-time givers who might want to help those in need this season.

Here are the ways you can help make a difference with Toronto Humane Society.

Visit our Holiday Market

Stocked with adorable plush animals and gift cards that feature shelter animals that found their forever homes, you can send a gift that gives back from our Holiday Market.

Grab a Bag of Coffee

Have a few coffee lovers on your nice list this year? Get coffee shipped directly to them with All For One Support. 75% of all purchases go toward funding our animal care services, medical assistance and so much more.

Donate

Toronto Humane Society takes in thousands of animals every year. It is thanks in large part to the donations we receive that each of these animals are cared for and loved.

Donating will not only help care for animals, it will also help us support our community by increasing our efforts in programs such as affordable veterinarian care and support for pets and their guardians through our food bank.

There are several options for those who want to donate. You can make a make a one-time donation, become a monthly donor, or honour someone in your life with a gift through tribute giving. You can even donate

a vehicle.

Donating to Toronto Humane Society can go a long way. It is also one of the easiest ways to support us – you can even donate by text!

Start a Donation Drive

Keep a donation bin at your school or office, or offer to pick up donations from friends and family. Here is a list of the donations that we could use to help our shelter animals:

  • Old, clean towels and blankets
  • New or gently used collars, harnesses, and leashes
  • Dry or canned food
  • Treats
  • Toys, including those that can be stuffed with food or treats
  • Clumping and non-clumping cat litter
  • Gift cards for pet supply stores
  • New or gently used travel crates

Plan a Fundraiser

Setting up a fundraiser online can encourage friends and family members to donate to a cause that’s important to you. Funds from donations go toward helping our shelter animals with food, supplies and medication, but most importantly, helping them to find their new forever homes.

Volunteer

The holidays can be a busy time for most people, but we can all take a break from the holiday madness to help animals in need. Toronto Humane Society values its history of partnering with volunteers to achieve its mission of promoting the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering. We have a handful of different volunteer options available.

Foster an Animal

Animals need rescue year-round, but the chaos of the season often means fewer foster homes are available. Consider providing a temporary foster home to our shelter animals. All they need is a quiet place to hang out and your love and attention – we will provide you with their necessary pet supplies.

Sponsor a Kennel

If physically adopting an animal isn’t an option, you can give the gift of virtual adoption by sponsoring a kennel. Your donation will go towards food, housing, and medical needs for the animal you choose, and you’ll receive monthly updates on how your sponsored pet is doing.

Adopt!

One of the best gifts you can give a homeless animal is a home. Toronto Humane Society has dogs, cats, and small animals like rabbits and guinea pigs waiting in our shelter for a family to love them. If you know of a family that is thinking about getting a pet, consider offering to cover the adoption fee as a gift!



Virtual dog and puppy training services available!

Virtual dog and puppy training services available!

November 05, 2020

When it comes to training, your dog isn’t the only one reaping the rewards. Working regularly with your dog helps you to understand their needs better, making you an even better guardian as well.

Toronto Humane Society is currently offering 3 dog and puppy training courses online: Foundations Skills Tier 2, Rally-O and Introduction to Scent and Detection.

Take advantage of our available virtual dog and puppy training services and treat your dog to an exciting new challenge.

Foundation Skills Tier 2: Our Foundation Skills Tier 2 classes expand on the skills you and your dog acquired during Foundation Skills Tier 1. Continue strengthening the human-animal bond by building trust and practicing teamwork with your dog. Further refine your skills and learn how to keep training interesting, fun, and motivating for the both of you! This class will emphasize training in the presence of distractions and the instructor will give you homework for between classes.
Available every Sunday at 2:30 pm from November 15, 2020 to December 20, 2020.
Register here: Tier 2 Registration

Rally-O: Do you dream of you and your dog doing precise heel work, synchronized pivoting, and holding beautiful eye contact with increasing levels of distraction? Rally-O is a great challenge to improve your dogs heel work and human dog communication skills. This class will help you keep your dog focused, enthusiastic, and right beside you while maneuvering around that course that contains various obstacles and obedience behaviours.
Available every Thursday at 8:00 pm from November 12, 2020 to January 14, 2021.
Register here: Rally-O Registration

Introduction to Scent Detection: Dogs have an incredible sense of smell and sniffing can be great enrichment for your dog. In this class you will learn how to condition your dog to an odour, and do room searches to find that odour. These are the same techniques used in Canine Nosework which is a very popular dog sport. One of the best things about Nosework, is that unlike other dog sports dogs of any age can participate and compete. Keep your dog’s brain active and learning by joining this Intro to Scent Detection Class! Supplies needed.
Available every Thursday at 6:00 pm from November 5, 2020 to December 17, 2020.
Register here: Scent Detection Registration



New Adoption Process Coming Your Way

New Adoption Process Coming Your Way

October 17, 2020

As we all work through this pandemic and the changes to life it brings with it, we discover and try new things; we adapt. At the beginning of all these changes, Toronto Humane Society reacted and adjusted our processes to bring you virtual adoptions! We are thrilled to tell you today, that over this same time period we have received over 10,000 applications to adopt! As you can imagine, these applications take time to sort through and created a significant wait time for many who wanted to adopt. This fantastic response has in turn, pushed us to adapt our process once again.

Launching very soon, will be our new adoption process, which will allow you to schedule an available appointment, within 48 hours. Each day, more appointment slots will open up, so if you miss your chance, check back the next day! While we make the transition into this process, we will be pausing all new adoption applications from coming in. During this period we will be catching up on the already submitted applications. Stay tuned to our website and social media for the exact date in which we will be launching this exciting new process!



Five practical ways to protect your pet

Five practical ways to protect your pet

September 28, 2020

We all want our companion animals to be as happy and healthy as possible. But have you tried getting your info from Google? The amount of information is downright overwhelming. Especially when you factor in the non-expert opinions out there, of which there are many.

With September being National Pet Health Insurance Month, we wanted to share a list of five practical ways you can protect your pet.

Keep your pet healthy

The best way to ensure your pet lives a happy and healthy life is to feed them a balanced diet and keep them exercised. Make sure you’re feeding your pet a nutritious diet that’s a combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Take regular walks with your pet or play with them indoors to help improve blood flow, appetite, digestion and to help them sleep better. Pets see exercise as playtime, and an opportunity to bond with other animals and humans.

Determining the right training plan for you dog and sticking to a schedule of daily walks and play time is important, but it can be hard! Toronto Humane Society is here to help assist you with virtual and in-person training, as well as dog walking that fits into your busy schedule.

Maintain good grooming habits

Good grooming habits include clipping nails, bathing, brushing and dental care. Dental care is often overlooked when it comes to our pets, but poor dental hygiene can lead to health problems including tooth loss, abscesses and even heart, kidney, and liver complications from bacteria-laced tooth infections. Try to make grooming a weekly event and use treats to make the process more enjoyable.

Schedule yearly vet visits

Checkups and immunizations are important to keep your pet healthy and to prevent illness. Every pet has very individualized needs depending on their lifestyle, so you should take the advice directly given to you from your veterinarian. Pets sometimes wait until they’re really sick before showing any signs of illness so watch for anything out of the ordinary and take them to the vet if symptoms worsen – it’s much easier to treat in the early stages before it’s too late.

Enroll in pet insurance

Pet insurance allows you to make sure your pets receive the medical care they deserve, without jeopardizing your family’s savings. With Petsecure, you can rest easy knowing up to 80% of your pet’s bill will be covered in case of accident or illness. It’s a simple, effective way to take the financial stress away during those tough times. Petsecure has four insurance plans to choose from, and plans range from accident, illness, dental, wellness coverage and more.

Be a responsible pet parent

Responsible pet ownership means more than just simply loving your pet (but that’s important too!). Your pet should always wear a collar with proper identification on it - consider microchipping for an added layer of protection. It’s also especially important to train your pet. If your pet’s misbehaviour results in any sort of accident, injury, or incident you must take full responsibility for their behaviour. A trained pet is also more likely to come when called which can prevent terrible accidents from happening.

Get Pet insurance

We’ve all been there. Your pet gets sick or has an accident and needs veterinary care. Petsecure’s coverage extends beyond the basics. They cover everything from surgeries to routine dental care, as well as extras like exam fees and taxes. Start your quote now so you can get peace of mind.



Why pet insurance?

Why pet insurance?

September 21, 2020

A staggering 20% of owned animals surrendered to Toronto Humane Society arrived here because their owners could not afford their medical care. These are difficult and heartbreaking situations where loving pet parents have no other option but to part with their animals.

You never know when you’ll find yourself in this same position. Some people put money aside just in case. Many can’t afford to do that.

That’s why Pet Insurance Month is so important! Spreading awareness about the affordable way to ensure your pet gets the care they need when they need it. It’s peace of mind, knowing you won’t have to think about cost when it comes to your pet’s well being.

Not convinced?

Take it from someone who sees hundreds of injured and ill animals every day. Someone who is no stranger to the difficulties surrounding veterinary costs – take it from a Toronto Humane Society Veterinarian.

“Many veterinarians actually get pet insurance for their own pets,” said Toronto Humane Society Veterinarian Jamie Freeman-Bragança. “We know firsthand how expensive veterinary care can be and insurance allows for us to make decisions based solely on what’s best for our pets, without having to worry about finances.”

Her advice? Consider getting insurance before your pet needs it. Ideally when your pet is a puppy or kitten. Even then, it is still a great thing to consider for healthy adult pets. Accidents happen. Illnesses can seemingly come out of nowhere.

Know Your Pet is Covered

Toronto Humane Society Pet Health Insurance covers up to 80% of vet bills for accidents and illnesses, plus special coverage for alternative therapy, behavioural therapy, and more. Fetch your quote this Pet Health Insurance Month.



Pet Photo Contest Winners Have Been Announced!

August 05, 2020
Calender Picture Winners
Calender Picture Winners



Toronto Humane Society believes Black Lives Matter

Toronto Humane Society believes Black Lives Matter

June 06, 2020

At Toronto Humane Society, we strongly condemn all acts of racism including police brutality and racial profiling against the Black community. We recognize that this is not just an issue we see in the United States, but one that exists globally and right here in our own backyard. Systemic racism will not be fixed by one organization or one voice, it is going to take society to come together to make this change. The humane community we have been fighting for cannot exist so long as systemic racism does, and up until now we have been structurally blind to its impact and effects on and within our organization.

Actions speak louder than words.

We are committing to combating systemic racism, by first taking action within our organization. To initiate this process we have developed a plan that starts now:

1) Hire an employee/consultant who will help us create the foundation for a new Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee at Toronto Humane Society.

2) Toronto Humane Society will launch a research project assessing our programs and services to discover who we are serving. This project will highlight gaps in our services and allow us to develop a plan of action on how we can reach the communities we are not currently supporting.

We recognize we have miles to go when it comes to improving our workplace environment but we are committed to taking action. We cannot take appropriate action on our own. We will need guidance from numerous sources. If
you would like to further educate yourself on this movement here are some of the sources we are using: the Black Lives Matter website and other resources can be found here.

At Toronto Humane Society, we believe Black Lives Matter.



A community of caring, loving, and adopting people

A community of caring, loving, and adopting people

June 01, 2020

As these weeks and months have passed Toronto Humane Society has seen a significant increase in people looking to adopt. We are truly ecstatic about the local community taking an interest in sharing their life with a lovable pet that will enrich their lives just as much as they enrich theirs. We have received more than 2,700 applications from the littlest hamster and mouse to our biggest dogs, and everyone in between. We could not be happier to be connecting lives and strengthening the human-animal bond.

We are going through the applications on a first-come, first-serve basis, and how we determine eligibility for adopting has not changed with our new processes. We are simply lucky enough to have so many people looking to offer a home to our animals! We’ve seen that animal shelters and rescues across Canada are facing the same scenario, likely due to an increase in people with extra time at home due to physical distancing who have more time to integrate a new member into their family.

Our current response time is sitting on average at around 3-4 weeks, please note that it is likely that most animals thankfully already have their fur-ever homes lined up and waiting. Throughout this process however, our animals that have greater needs from a medical or behavioural standpoint are still looking for that purr-fect match. Our agents are prioritizing review and application processing for them, as they are in greater need of support.

If you’re interested in adopting from us, we thank you for your understanding and patience as we work our way through the applications and continue to find forever families for our animals!



There is no place like home

There is no place like home

May 21, 2020

A new way to keep animals and people together

We are so excited to tell you about the launch of our Pet Parent Support Network, an innovative, hands-on way to keep animals with their families and out of the shelter system.

Using an interactive database drawn from our in-house specialists, our staff can now guide and support pet parents in search of information or advice. They will have the expert-based support they need to better care for, and ultimately remain with, their pets.

This service is for anyone who needs it, such as those who’ve recently lost their income, those in need of temporary housing for their animal, or even those wanting to better understand or improve their pet’s behaviour. Built from and sustained by a staff network of researchers and practitioners always advancing in their fields, the Pet Parent Support Network will be a source of the most reliable, up-to-date information for pet owners.

The bigger picture

This program marks an important step in our mission as we shift our focus from reacting to animal vulnerability to influencing and eliminating the causes of vulnerability. Of these causes, one stands out: the separation of people from their animals due to a lack of means or knowledge. By empowering pet parents, by giving them the resources and tools to care for their animals, we stop the cycle before it starts.

This program was long in the making, and we could not have done it without our knowledgeable animal care staff, who strive each day to advance their fields and improve the lives of animals in new ways.

For more information, please visit our Pet Parent Support Network page.



Giving those who help, a hand

Giving those who help, a hand

May 19, 2020

Many non-profit organizations are struggling right now. Under a nationwide lockdown and a precarious funding outlook, they have been thrown into survival mode, forced to limit programs and services and find new ways of serving the communities that have come to rely upon them.

That is why we are now offering animal welfare organizations in Ontario the knowledge and expertise of our medical staff, free of charge. With our Shelter Outreach Program, other shelters can consult with our experienced Shelter Medicine Veterinarians through virtual Tele-medicine. The animals these organizations care for will get the veterinary care they need, while they themselves won’t have to worry about costs of consultations – thanks to a sponsorship from Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets.

We are absolutely thrilled to be offering this service because in reality, our mission doesn’t end at our doors. We have always strived to carry it with us to the furthest reaches of Canada and beyond. We want to be there for all animals and their caregivers, no matter where they are.

This new program wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets. With their sponsorship, our costs have been covered, so we can focus on delivering the high-quality veterinary care our team is known for.

We want to thank Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets for their generosity and for helping us amplify our efforts to improve the lives of animals.



Spoil your pet with Pet Playlists on Spotify

Spoil your pet with Pet Playlists on Spotify

May 05, 2020

PET PLAYLISTS – Toronto Humane Society Partners with Spotify

Today, Toronto Humane Society is excited to announce its support of the Spotify Pets campaign! This unique microsite allows for users to create which traits best align with their pet’s personality to create a personalized playlist that you and your pet might jam out to.


Music can have a profound impact on animals! At Toronto Humane Society, the animals receive world class enrichment 365 days a year. Toronto Humane Society’s Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, one of only 35 Certified Animal Behaviourists listed says that “Music is a very powerful tool that can be used by any shelter to help reduce the stress of the animals in their care. A loud sound in an otherwise quiet environment can be quite frightening to a shelter animal - playing music can help dampen the shock.” At Toronto Humane Society, animals receive daily walks and enrichment, training and cuddle sessions; they get it all; including listening to relaxing, classical melodies throughout the day.

Toronto Humane Society is forever evolving into the leaders in the animal welfare industry and always excited to assess unique partnership opportunities to help bring a stronger voice to animals and also bring our expertise to great brands. It was a perfect match to partner up with Spotify on Pet Playlists and THS couldn’t be more thrilled!

In just a few minutes, you can create a personalized playlist for your pets at the click of a button. The site will ask you four questions to curate a playlist for your pet: What is your pet’s species? For all the Iguana owners out there, they’ve even got an option for you too. Is your animal energetic vs relaxed, shy vs friendly, and apathetic vs curious? The microsite allows for a “gradient” when responding so you can have a mildly energetic dog or a very friendly cat as well. If you’ve ever wondered what your pet would listen to if they had thumbs, we’ve now got the solution for you!

Toronto Humane Society’s Spotify account is also home to a list of a few of THS’s “adoptable animals” that have playlists of their own. This is in an effort to provide adoptable animals with a unique online platform to increase their likelihood of being adopted. If you are looking to support a shelter friend now, head on over to Toronto Humane Society’s Spotify account to give their adoptable’s playlists a listen!

Music, although not the be-all and end-all to animal psychology, can certainly be used as a tool in conjunction with training, routine, and a loving environment! Toronto Humane Society encourages those to be mindful of the effects music can have on animals and to be observant of your animal’s body language throughout the duration of listening to ensure your animals are relaxed and comfortable.

About Dr. Jacklyn Ellis:
Dr. Jacklyn Ellis
Manager, Feline Behaviour, Enrichment and Rehabilitation

Our Feline training team is led by Dr. Jacklyn Ellis, THS’s Manager, Feline Behaviour, Enrichment and Rehabilitation. With a wealth of experience working with and rehabilitating our shelter cats, the feline team led by Dr. Ellis uses sound LIMA (Least Intrusive, Minimally Aversive) behaviour modification and training principles to address unwanted behaviours while enhancing the human-cat bond.

Prior to joining THS, Dr. Ellis served as Nestlé Purina’s leading authority on feline behaviour in her role as a Behaviour Scientist in their research and development division. She earned her PhD in Animal Welfare at the Atlantic Veterinary College, University of Prince Edward Island, where she conducted research on methods for reducing stress in shelter cats. Her work has been published widely in peer reviewed journals and she has presented at many national and international conferences, particularly on feline stress and elimination behaviour. She is currently in the process of writing a chapter on feline behavioural assessment for a new edition of the leading textbook on the behaviour and welfare of shelter animals.

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About Toronto Humane Society:
Toronto Humane Society is an animal welfare organization whose mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent all forms of cruelty and suffering.  One of Toronto’s oldest charities, they operate as an animal shelter and high volume clinic with spay/neuter and vaccination services. In recent years, they have sought to expand beyond shelter activities to further improve the lives of animals. Their new initiatives include an expanded pet food bank, dog training programs, educational outreach and animal rescue operations at both the local and international level.  For more information, visit www.torontohumanesociety.com.

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Putting your giving to good use

Putting your giving to good use

April 29, 2020

In the long, steady struggle to improve the lives of animals, we—staff, volunteers, fosters, and you, our supporters—are all in this together. We are not, nor will we ever be, an organization behind closed doors. Our doors remain open, our practices public as we strive to be as transparent with our donors as possible.

We, along with 100 other charities, have been recognized for this transparency by being included on the 10th annual MoneySense 2020 Charity 100 List, receiving a score of 95.5/100. This list comprises Canada’s top charities, based on financial efficiency and transparency. We are honored to have been included, and thank MoneySense for their hard work in gathering so much data for Canada’s dedicated donors.

The team based their rankings on what they call a “transparency score”, which basically indicates how easy it is to find out about what a charity is spending and what they’re doing with the money. The more efficient a charity is with its donations, the better the transparency score. You can find out more about MoneySense’s methodology here.

Thank you, donors

We recognize the importance of those who choose our organization to give back to. Those who place their trust in us, our people, and our mission. We would not be able to do what we do without you. This is why we strive to not only be smart with our spending, but to remain as transparent as possible with those who choose to give. Our supporters should know where their money is going, and we are proud to tell them. From life-saving efforts inside the shelter and out, from community outreach during times of crisis, your support is improving the lives of animals.



An update from the CEO

An update from the CEO

April 15, 2020

Hello Everyone,

It has been about 4 weeks now since we have found ourselves in this new world. This new world we live in has changed many things for Toronto Humane Society, but, today I want to assure you that we are still here to support the animals and pet guardians in our community. The update I have for you today, is long, but it provides thorough detail on everything we are still accomplishing as an organization within our community.

You may have heard earlier about our record start to the year! Starting with January, with the highest canine adoption numbers we have seen in a decade. This in turn allowed us to open our doors to more dogs from, not only Ontario, but across Canada and the US too. Or you may have heard about the new grant funding for support programs that we received from PetSmart Charities of Canada. Things have certainly changed quickly since then. We find ourselves in a new world. A new world where animals are still in need of our help, however, it is a world where we need to find new and innovative ways to support them.

Over the past weeks our staff have been hard at work re-designing our processes, developing new initiatives, educating, researching and doing everything we can to ensure we continue to Improve the Lives of Animals. Our Foster Parents have been instrumental in our continuance and we have successfully placed hundreds of animals into their loving care. I want to share with you a high level of the work that has been on-going, donations are still greatly needed and they are going to good use.

Toronto Humane Society has been active advocating the need for Veterinary Services and Animal Care to be considered an essential service in Ontario. I am happy to say that we have succeeded in this venture, working alongside numerous other organizations both of these items have been deemed essential by the Province of Ontario. This means we can continue to provide care to the animals who need us. Although, some of our services have changed, we are still providing emergency care to those who need it most in our community.

With the closure of dog parks and recommendations for physical distancing, there is a high potential for new behaviours to develop in our loving pets. These changes could be brought on from things like routine changes, guardians being home more and the inability to burn off energy the way they are used to. Our innovative and expert staff have come up with a way to help out pets and their guardians from the comfort of their own homes. Our trainers are available for training consults over the web and phone to assist pet guardians with finding new ways to ensure their pets, both dogs and cats receive all the best enrichment and mental stimulation they can. You can read more about this great initiative here.

In an effort to reduce staff and foster parent travel, we have launched a few new initiatives to reduce their risk as well. Shortly after we had to close to the public, we have been operating tele-health consult appointments between our foster parents and Veterinarians to ensure our animals receive all the care they need. Essential staff have also been available at our shelter clinic to ensure any care required is provided. Additionally, we have been working to establish and launch a supply shipment service so care supplies and medications can be shipped directly to our foster parent’s door. This initiative was so well received by one of our supporters Fondation Emmanuelle Gattuso, they contributed a substantial donation to the associative costs. Thanks to this immediate support, we are hoping to have this service up and running within the next week.

Our Pet Food Bank has been running in overdrive, with many skids of food being donated to us from some very generous corporate donors. These donations help to support our community initiatives, as many individuals are still coming daily for curbside pet food bank pick up and we have already made a number of shipments to local community food banks so they can also distribute pet food in their community.

You may have heard about one of our staff members Dr. Linda Jacobson – our Senior Veterinarian, Shelter Medicine Advancement. Dr. Jacobson is also President of the Ontario Shelter Medicine Association and she has been working exceptionally hard to ensure shelters across the province remain updated with the most current information and supporting them with protocols on how to provide the best care throughout this period. If you are interested in supporting this work please click here.

Although all of the above and more has been on-going our services are still needed on-site with direct care for many animals. In the last two weeks although closed to the public we have still been admitting emergent and urgent cases in
need of help; including a lovely kitty, who needed a leg amputation, a young pup with the parvovirus and a number of other cases in need of care.

As time moves forward and the situation develops we are anticipating an increase in the need for community support services and access to care. I am asking you today if you are able to please make a donation here to ensure these services continue. A One-Time or Monthly Gift is needed now more than ever. Please consider adding Toronto Humane Society to your list of supported agencies.

Stay safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Jacques Messier, DVM, MBA
Chief Executive Officer
Toronto Humane Society



“Sew’ we all want to help out.

“Sew’ we all want to help out.

April 09, 2020

“Sew’ we all want to help out.

To all of our amazing followers who can sew, stitch, and have an eye for design we are looking for a helping hand creating new reusable gowns! We want to do our part to reduce waste and ensure commercially available single-use medical gowns are freed up for the important work being done at hospitals around the GTA, and the nation.

If you want to try your hand at creating our new fashion statements here are a few websites to guide you on the official patterns and musts to create a medical gown:

-https://www.peekaboopatternshop.com/isolation-gown/

-https://www.fashiongirlsforhumanity.org/products/gown-pattern-package

*All designs must have full length arms, cuffs, and ties at the back to be accepted

We are so very excited to see some of the new styles and looks our vets and medical staff will be sporting for this spring fashion line. Any and all gowns can be dropped off at the front door Monday to Friday from 10AM - 6PM. Thank you so much for your continuous support and help during these times.



Resources for COVID-19 and Pets

April 09, 2020

There are a lot of questions out there these days about COVID-19 and how it could impact you and/or your pet. One of the most important things to make note of through these times is as of today, April 9, 2020, there has been absolutely no evidence that your pet can transmit the virus to you. The biggest risk to humans is other humans. Maintaining physical distancing measures is important for your protection and your pet’s. Although, there is no evidence that our pets can transmit the virus to us there is evidence to support that they can in-fact get COVID-19 from us.

During a time where there are a whirlwind of questions going around, and information is changing daily, we wanted to provide you with a few options to follow to stay up to date when it comes to COVID-19 and our pets. Please see the websites below for more information:

  1. Cornell Blog – https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/maddies-shelter-medicine-program/covid-19-resources
  2. Worms and Germs Blog - https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

Another thing we want to ensure all pet owners are thinking about is a plan for your pet should you become sick with COVID-19 and are unable to care for your animal. Your first options should always be reaching out to a close friend or family member. Your local animal welfare organization should only be contacted as a last resort. Toronto Humane Society is here for those with no other options for their pets. The image below is a great info-graphic to help you and other pet guardians make decisions during these uncertain times.

How to Keep Pets Safe at Home during COVID-19
How to Keep Pets Safe at Home during COVID-19



An Urgent Plea

An Urgent Plea

March 18, 2020

Dear Toronto Humane Society Supporters,

I am writing you today with an urgent plea. During this time of great uncertainty, we are asking for your help. You may have seen that we have had to close our facility to the public as part of an effort to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

This closure is going to hurt us as an organization, there’s no question. I know that everyone is affected by what’s happening right now, but for those of you who are able to, we’re asking for your help. Even though the building is closed to the public, we will continue to foster, house, feed and provide medical attention to the animals in our care. We will continue to have dedicated staff working ‘round the clock to keep these animals happy and healthy.

In addition to running costs, we have had to stop our public services. Because we have had to stop our public services, we are also losing the revenue that was associated with those programs. We know the community is going to continue to need our support, especially through these times of uncertainty. This is why we are doing what we can to keep our Pet Food Bank open to those who need it, we are reviewing each emergent case to determine if we are able to assist and we are continuing to find the animals in our care loving homes. To do this, we need you. With your gift today, you can help us continue to provide the care needed by these animals that have no one else to turn to.

Your gift today will not only help us to keep animals safe and cared for, but will help us restart all of our Community Services once the COVID-19 situation has passed. A donation of $20, $50 or even $500 will go directly to animal medical
care, their daily food and shelter, and of course, a place to call home.

Thank you very much for reading our plea and your continued support of Toronto Humane Society, especially in dire times like these.

To donate please visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/covid19.


Sincerely,

Jacques Messier, DVM, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Toronto Humane Society



Toronto Humane Society Closed to the Public

Toronto Humane Society Closed to the Public

March 17, 2020

As the COVID-19 situation develops, Toronto Humane Society is staying on top of recommendations from Provincial and Federal Government’s. To follow advice given yesterday, as of March 17, 2020, Toronto Humane Society is closed to until further notice. Please do not worry as we have a very dedicated team of individuals who will ensure the health and well-being of the animals currently in our care.

Those who have appointments will be contacted through email or by phone in the coming days by one of our agents to reschedule their appointments. If you have questions please contact the department you booked your appointment with by email.

As the situation continues to develop, Toronto Humane Society will continue to assess and re-assess. If the situation requires our reopen date to change, we will post on Social Media and on our website.

If you would like to support Toronto Humane Society and the care of the animals, please consider making an online donation at www.torontohumanesociety.com/covid19.

Thank you for your continued support during these uncertain times.

Sincerely,

Toronto Humane Society Staff, Volunteers and Foster Parents



THS Events Cancelled

THS Events Cancelled

March 13, 2020

In light of the COVID-19 situation that is evolving, Toronto Humane Society has cancelled all of its social, educational and fundraising events until further notice. We will continue to monitor and assess the COVID-19 situation. The website will be updated if changes are made. If you have booked an event with Toronto Humane Society, please contact your booking agent directly to find out more details. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

As the situation develops, Toronto Humane Society wants to ensure the safety and well-being of not only our workforce but of our supporters as well. Thank you to everyone who has supported Toronto Humane Society through our events. We look forward to continuing our work with you in the future.



Fill Their Stockings with Love

Fill Their Stockings with Love

December 01, 2019

At Toronto Humane Society do our best to make each and every animal in our care feel loved, especially during the Holiday Season. But without families of their own, shelter animals won’t be waking up to a special Holiday morning.

They won’t be up at 5am with the kids. They won’t feel the warm cheer. Smell the eggs and toast, the sharp, sweet aroma of the tree. They won’t hear the crackling of the fireplace, the excited tearing open of gifts, the “thank you-thank yous”, the shouts of joy. There won’t be any gifts waiting for them.

For animals without a family, each morning is the same as the last. We wanted to change that with Stocking Stuffers, a fundraiser where you can share a little of the Holiday Spirit with animals without a home! We’ve already given our animals their very own stockings. All we need now is you!

When you purchase one of our Stocking Stuffers, an animal’s stocking will be filled with festive gifts on your behalf! Not only that, but soon after they’ve gotten into their goodies on that special morning, you’ll receive a personal ‘thank you’ from one of the animals!

All proceeds go straight back to the care of our animals. Visit our event page and help spread a little Holiday spirit!



Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

June 12, 2019

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Join Our Pack!

On Sunday, October 20th, join our pack of runners and walkers at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Choose to run, jog or walk the 5km, half-marathon or full-marathon This will be our fifth year being a charity partnering with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and we’ve got some exciting things to share:

  • Receive a special charity discount code to apply to your race registration fee!
  • Every member of our team will receive a race t-shirt with a minimum donation of $20!
  • A fun team meet and greet night at our shelter! We’ll do everything we can to help you with your training and fundraising, including helpful fundraising tips and promotion of your commitment on our social media pages!

To join Toronto Humane Society’s team today, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include your full name, telephone number, t-shirt size and which event you’d like to take part in (5km, half or full marathon)!



Pet Photo Contest

Pet Photo Contest

June 10, 2019

Lights! Camera! Action! Dust off your camera, set up the lighting and get ready for your pet to become an instant celebrity! We are looking for 12 photogenic pets (of all kinds!) to be featured in Toronto Humane Society’s 2020 New Beginnings calendar.

To enter, simply submit your photos by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Rules & Guidelines:

  • All photos must be in colour, horizontal layout and contain animals only
  • Only digital pictures will be accepted. Images must be in .jpg format. As a guideline, the minimum file size should be 2.5 MB
  • We will only accept pictures that have not been altered with editing software
  • Printed, Polaroid or copyrighted professional photographs cannot be accepted
  • Photos become property of the Toronto Humane Society. We reserve the right to use them for other fundraising & marketing purposes
  • Photos depicting catsoutdoors, inhumane training collars or visibly distressed animals will not be considered

Contest is open June 10 – July 10, 2019.



Help save more animals like Bandicoot

Help save more animals like Bandicoot

January 21, 2019

When Bandicoot arrived at our shelter sick and exhausted, we couldn’t figure out what was wrong. He was coughing one minute, gagging the next. He was so tired he could barely keep his eyes open.

We performed an examination and could feel a sharp, solid object protruding from the right side of his neck region. We brought out the x-ray equipment and performed two skull radiographs. This is what we saw:

Lodged deep inside of his neck, just to the right of his trachea, was a sewing needle. We knew we had to act fast. After a brief discussion, Bandicoot was rushed to an emergency hospital where the needle (and any remaining string) would be carefully removed by a team of surgeons.

The procedure was a complete success! Bandicoot was needle free and already improving. He’s now at home with a loving family, getting back to his cuddly ways.

We were lucky to have the resources and personnel ready for the emergency consultation and surgery, all of which cost a significant amount. That’s not even including the transportation costs, daily medication and day-to-day care.

Without the continued generosity of our donors, animals like Bandicoot would likely not survive their struggles. Thank you so much for reading and for continuing to support Toronto Humane Society.



It’s raining rescues!

It’s raining rescues!

January 21, 2019

Thanks to our many partnerships and alliances with animal rescue organizations across Canada and around the world, our Rescue Transport Program has helped rehome thousands of homeless animals around the world.

2019 is already off to a great start! With the help of the Guelph Humane Society and the North Bay Humane Society, we have changed the lives of 75 cats living in Northern Ontario.

Four different rescues groups and animal shelters coordinated the drop off to our friends in North Bay. From there, the North Bay Humane Society made the trip down to us where we and some of our friends at the Guelph Humane were waiting excitedly with open arms. 37 of the cats remained with us, 38 went to Guelph!

Janet Bredin from North Bay Humane Society was thrilled to have taken part in the transfer, remarking that the assistance we’ve provided smaller organizations “can hardly be expressed in words.” And according to Samantha Westphal from Guelph Humane Society, they were thrilled to have been involved, telling us everything went smoothly on their end!

This transfer is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when we work together, 75 cats whose outcomes were uncertain now have the opportunity to find their forever homes here in Southern Ontario. Stay tuned as many of these little guys will be looking for their forever homes in the coming months!

A huge thank-you goes out to all the staff and volunteers in Guelph, North Bay, and neighboring areas for helping to save these lives.



Let’s get pampering!

Let’s get pampering!

January 21, 2019

According to Amazon Canada, it’s the citizens of London, not Toronto, like to pamper their pets the most. They were the ones filling up their digital shopping carts with all sorts of pet supplies, “out-pampering” us like it was no big deal.

This was Amazon Canada’s sixth annual list of the top 20 cities in Canada that pamper their pets the most.

Now, 19th out of 20 is pretty bad. But you don’t need to shop online to pamper your pet. Especially since you can pamper your pet right here at our pet store!

Whether you’re looking for every the feline favourite Da Bird toy, the canine craze KONG chews, or just some tasty (and healthy!) pet food, we have everything your pet would ever need right here at Toronto Humane Society.

What’s more, every dollar you spend in our store goes back towards providing the animals in our care the care they need. You can save an animal’s life by shopping for yours.

Come visit us at 11 River Street and starting pampering your pet! We’re open Monday-Friday from 11am to 7pm, Saturday-Sunday from 10am to 6pm.



Start off 2019 on the right paw

Start off 2019 on the right paw

January 08, 2019

We know life gets hectic, and sometimes that means we forget the small things that can have a big impact on our companion’s overall health and well-being. Add a few of these resolutions to your list for this year and your companion will thank you for it.

Extracritticular activities

Try out a new activity with your pet. For the homebody pet and pet parent, there are interactive feeders, obstacle courses, tunnels, and a whole lot more for those rainy days indoors. For the outdoorsy pets, head over to a nearby park or even check out some trails in the city!

Brush up on it

Grooming your buddy on a daily basis has a ton of benefits beyond looking their best. Brushing lets you check for fleas and flea dirt and even catch the early signs of some health problems. It also spreads natural oils throughout your pet’s hair, keeping it dirt and irritant free. It’s also a great way for you and your pet to bond on a regular basis.

Trick and treat

Training and socialization are great ways to bond with your pet while also keeping their brain active and healthy. We now offer a variety of dog training classes and puppy socialization classes every weekend for you and your best friend. Sign up here and join our highly skilled team in a constructive, supportive environment where you and your pet can start 2019 off on the right paw!



The flight at the end of the tunnel

The flight at the end of the tunnel

January 08, 2019

Holy hamster wheel is it ever cold out! After strolling through an undecided December, it looks like winter’s finally blowing its way in. As we bundle up, shovel our way to cars that won’t turn over, and dream more and more of the sunny days of summer, many of us are already scouring Expedia for some last minute flight deals.

For pet parents, air travel can be quite an ordeal. Where is your pet being kept? For how long? What did the vet say again? Is the house even locked?! Deep breath. If you plan ahead and ask questions, it won’t be nearly as bad as you might think. Here are some quick tips for both the experienced flyer and the first timer.

Doctor’s orders

Make a visit to the veterinarian to update all vaccinations and grab any legal documents you’ll need. It’s also important to note that pets very young and very old, pregnant, ill, or injured should not be flying anywhere.

Keep calm and carry on

Head out to purchase a good quality travel carrier for your pet. Make sure it’s large enough for them to stand up and turn around in. You’ll also want to ask your airline about size allowances and any kind of special requirements.

Baby steps

Instead of surprising your pet with a new carrier the night before your flight, it’s best you introduce them to it gradually, several weeks before your flight. By becoming adjusted to their carrier well before the flight, they’ll cope better the travel. Pro tip: start by leaving the carrier door open and placing treats, meals or toys inside!

Training day

Provide your pet with some exercise before leaving for the airport; give them a light meal three to four hours before take-off; and give them water right up to the time of travel. It’s also a good idea to take your pet for a walk and quick bathroom break shortly before boarding (ask your airline ahead of time if this is allowed).

For more information on safe air travel for pets, check out what the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association has to say.



A real page turner

A real page turner

January 08, 2019

2018 was a big year for our humane education program. We hosted nearly 20 classes of students from all over Toronto. We saw so many bright young faces stop by to work their reading magic on some of our shy shelter animals, all while learning about animal welfare, pet behaviour and communication.

Now that we’re in 2019, we have a whole new gang of listeners who can’t wait for story time!

Reading Buddies is a great experience for both students and pets: students get to practice their reading skills in-front of the furriest, friendliest, and most non-judgemental audience ever; at the same time, our shelter animals get that much needed company and socialization which, in the end, helps them get adopted.

If you are a teacher with a class of animal lovers who are interested in being Reading Buddies, please contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). We are currently booking into February and beyond so book your session(s) today!



THS Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities

THS Named one of Canada’s Top 100 Charities

November 30, 2018

With 2018 slowly coming to a close MoneySense has finished their 2019 charity assessment and rankings.

Judged on the two factors of finances and transparency with a 100 point grading systems Toronto Humane Society has been ranked as one of the top 100 charities of over 85,000 charities in Canada! We couldn’t be more proud of all of our staff, volunteers and supporters for making our organization possible and making a world of difference to animals everywhere.

Learn more about MoneySense’s ranking system and checkout our spectacular report card!



Pet Pics with Santa

Pet Pics with Santa

November 26, 2018

With the Santa Claus Parade come and gone, it’s officially the Holiday Season!

Share in the joy with your favourite animal companion on December 1st and 2nd from 10am to 6pm, right here at 11 River Street during Pet Pics with Santa! These precious memories are yours to keep in digital format, with a minimum of 3 high quality photographs for $25.

Enjoy a hot beverage while your pet meets Old St. Nick, or join in the photo fun yourself! Plus nibble on tasty treats from our Bake Sale, and bid on fantastic items at our Blind Auction - with all proceeds going right back to the animals in our care!

See you soon!



Raise Awareness for Community Cats

Raise Awareness for Community Cats

October 13, 2018

Toronto Humane Society invites you to join us on October 16th to help us raise awareness for Community Cats! We will have lots of fun activities going on that you won’t want to miss!


Activities:

Front Lobby from 11am to 4pm: there will be an information booth with two raffle prizes plus a bake sale with coffee/refreshments! All proceeds from the bake and raffle prizes will go to Toronto Humane Society’s TNR efforts!

Oh, and the raffle prizes? (1) A cozy Toronto Humane Society hoodie, scarf and gloves to keep you warm this winter and (2) a Toronto Humane Society cat basket for all your feline needs!



Two Information Sessions

· When: 12pm to 1pm and 6pm to 7pm

· Where: Second Floor Boardroom at Toronto Humane Society

· What: Hosted by our Feline Behaviour Specialist, guests can learn all there is to know about community cats, the issues they face, what we as a community can do for them and what the Toronto Humane Society is currently doing for them now.

· Can’t make it? Don’t worry, we will be streaming the 6pm session live on social media – tune in!

We will also be collecting cat food donations between now and October16th to help Colony Caretakers prepare for the winter months ahead! If you would like to donate some food, please drop off unopened, wet and dry cat food to the Toronto Humane Society, 11 River Street, Toronto.

PS: If you’re a baking machine, we are still looking for cat themed baked items for our people bake sale. If you’d like to contribute, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



You can help animals like 4 month old Corin

You can help animals like 4 month old Corin

October 03, 2018

At only 4 months old, little Corin had no family and was in desperate need of medical care. Her eye was so badly infected that it had ruptured and became inflamed. It must have been so painful for the poor girl as she struggled all on her own. Luckily, she found her way to us through our Rescue Transport Program. She was quickly pushed through to get emergency surgery that would relieve her of her pain and, ultimately, save her life. She’s now doing just fine and can’t wait to get into all sorts of kitten mischief at her new home. A complex surgery like this, on top of transporting Corin’s rescue group to our location and providing them all with day-to-day care, can add up to a significant cost.

Without people like you, Corin would likely not have survived.

We wish we could say “that’s that”. We wish we could wrap things up here knowing that Corin, along with the other homeless animals we have brought in, are now safe and sound. But sadly, that’s not the world we live in. Sadly, there are still thousands upon thousands of animals out there who need your help. We want to continue bringing in these homeless animals and provide them with high quality, lifesaving medical treatment when needed. Your gift today will help us do just that. A donation today of $5, $25, $50 or even $300 will go directly to rescuing homeless animals and providing them with high quality medical care, daily food and shelter, and of course, a place to call home. Thank you so much for reading and for continuing to support the Toronto Humane Society. DONATE NOW!



Chance’s Happy Tail (or leg?)

Chance’s Happy Tail (or leg?)

October 02, 2018

Khalid - now known as Chance - was minding his own business when along came a car. You can imagine that what happened next was not very pleasant.

Luckily for Chance, he pulled through, but not without some lasting damage. He suffered from a partial right brachial plexus avulsion, which in plain-speak basically means some major nerve damage to his .

Because his nerves weren’t speaking to his muscles Chance front legwas unable to use his leg properly. He dragged his paw along the ground as he moved, and caused some damage to it just trying to get around. There was a large possibility his entire leg would have to be amputated.

But that leg didn’t know Christina, one of our amazing registered veterinary technicians (RVT) and an animal rehab specialist. Christina used every tool at her disposal - laser beams, electrical stimulation, chiropractics, acupuncture, treadmill exercises and more - all in an effort to save Chance’s limb. And with patience and dedication, bit by bit Chance began to regain function of his leg.

But Christina didn’t do this all on her own, Chance has someone else to thank for his recovery - his adopter.

Chance was made available as a foster-to-adopt animal waaaay back in March, and foster parent and soon to be owner was with him every step of the way through his rehab journey. In fact, Christina says his adopter is a big reason that Chance is still able to stand on four legs today.

A huge thank-you goes out to the entire medical team involved in Chance’s care (including PawsAbility who donated his brace), and of course, to the kind soul who stood by him these last six months.

We loved you Chance, but we are beyond happy to say goodbye <3


What Chance’s journey here: https://youtu.be/dSSUJQef_mc

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Your Gift Goes Beyond Borders

Your Gift Goes Beyond Borders

August 30, 2018
Dear Friend of Toronto Humane Society
I am writing you today because Toronto Humane Society is determined to provide as many animals with care and compassion as we can; no matter where they are or where they come from. That’s why Toronto Humane Society has formed partnerships and alliances with animal rescue organizations across Canada and around the world. Thanks to your generosity, we have been able to coordinate the rescue of desperate animals from South Carolina to Texas, Quebec to Manitoba, and from Puerto Rico to China. Earlier this year, we, along with our partner organizations, helped rescue 10 dogs from China’s meat trade. According to AnimalsAsia, an animal rights group based in Hong Kong, “it’s estimated that in China alone, 10 million dogs and 4 million cats are slaughtered for the meat trade each year”. These animals are often stolen from their families, or bred into a place where they will eventually be butchered, some even skinned alive. With your help, we can save more animals from such cruel practices. Your gift today will help us rescue even more animals, saving countless lives. Your donation today of $10, $50 or even $500 will go directly toward rescuing animals from desperate situations, no matter where they are in the world. Your gift will go the distance! Donate Now Our Rescue Transport Program coordinates the transfer of animals from wherever they need help. Our team has travelled across Ontario and Quebec, rescuing cats from desperate hoarding situations. We have coordinated the rescue of dogs from overcrowded shelters throughout the US to prevent unnecessary euthanasia. We have rescued animals from Florida to Texas who’ve suddenly become homeless after natural disasters. And, last spring, our team boarded a small plane and travelled to Ontario’s far North to provide care to animals in remote fly-in communities and brought some of them back here to find homes. This is all thanks to you and your generosity. With your continued support, our Rescue Transport Program can push the boundaries of animal care. Thank you so much for your continued support of Toronto Humane Society. Dr. Jacques Messier Chief Executive Officer Toronto Humane Society Donate Now



Ego and Yondu are TV Stars

Ego and Yondu are TV Stars

August 03, 2018

Two very young kittens, Ego and Yondu, came to Toronto Humane Society at the beginning of May. They were just days old and already quite ill. Toronto Humane Society’s medical team noticed that they both had swollen, and badly infected paws. Despite the medical team’s best efforts, these two youngsters lost their paws.

Ego lost her two hind paws and Yondu lost her paw and a little bit of her lower leg. Even still, these two resilient kittens did not give up. Although they had lost their paws, they were still bound and determined to move forward and start life.

Ego and Yondu have been spending time in Foster Care while they grow and recover. They have been so eager to move around and play like normal kittens, they started forming sores where their paws had once been. It was time to find a solution.

Toronto Humane Society’s medical and rehabilitation teams worked up a plan and have found the kittens some prosthetic paws! Ego and Yondu have gone for their first trial with the prosthetics and are bound and determined to make them work.

If you would like help Ego and Yondu through their recovery or other animals that arrive at the Toronto Humane Society, please visit www.torontohumanesociety.com/egoandyondu to donate.

Watch Ego and Yondu be TV Stars on Breakfast Television: https://www.bttoronto.ca/videos/two-kittens-get-a-second-chance-at-life-toronto-humane-society/



Paws in the Park - An Event That Saves Lives!

Paws in the Park - An Event That Saves Lives!

June 18, 2018

Are you looking for something fun to do with your pooch?! Why not sign up to walk to raise funds for Toronto Humane Society?

Aside from the Adoptions and the Fun Festival that happens at Paws in the Park, there is a pack walk that raises pledges and awareness for Toronto Humane Society.

Each year, dog owners and their dogs come together for the 4km dog walk! It’s a great way to celebrate all things friendly and furry while raising awareness for Toronto Humane Society’s mission: promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

If you and your dog would like to sign up and raise pledges, then visit our event page at www.pawsinthepark.com!

We can’t wait to see you all there!



Pet of the Week - Pacino

Pet of the Week - Pacino

June 18, 2018

Pacino is a huge softie, a gummy bear, a cushy, cuddly, snuggly bubbly little purr prince. He likes violin music and soft hands, butterfly kisses and long conversations about your feelings. When you come to visit him at his pad, he’ll already be purring. All he wants is to rub his head against your hands and fall asleep in your lap.

But there’s more to this bundle of blissful blankets than meets the eye. You can see it in his main profile picture. We told him to act natural. He gave us a face that could easily be featured on the cover of a gangster rap album. He can be a real toughie, a real bare-knuckle bruiser!

The reason for his good cop, bad cop routine is his past. The poor guy came to us in rough shape. We can’t imagine what he’s been through! He’s all better now, but he can sometimes be a little skittish when it comes to handling. 90 percent of the time, he’s an angel. But the moment he becomes uncomfortable, he will swat and hiss. This is usually when he’s being touched, especially around his belly or butt.

Being FIV positive, Pacino will need to see a vet once a year. He’ll be fine. He’s a tough guy. All this means is that he can’t bite or scratch any other cat since that is how FIV is spread.

Pacino is looking for a mature home with someone who understands and appreciates his unique personality. He’d be the perfect lap cat and sleep-in companion. He just wants all the snuggles!

If you’d like to learn more about Pacino please come visit us at the Toronto Humane Society or reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Pierce, Owl, and Joyce Byers the 2 month old rabbits

Pierce, Owl, and Joyce Byers the 2 month old rabbits

May 21, 2018

Pierce the complicated bad boy, Owl the soft spoken daydreamer, and Joyce Byers (“JB bun-buns”) the leader of the gang who always wants to do what’s right. These little bunnies have been through thick and thin together! They’re now ready to settle down with a calm, quiet, and caring family who will give them all the snacks, cuddles, and exercise they’ll ever seen!

These three cuties will need lots of exercise and stimulation as they are still very young! If you’d like to learn more about them or our adoptions process, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please note: while rabbits are gentle and loving animals, they are not suitable for young children as most rabbits resist being picked up and cuddled. They require specific foods, daily exercise, and stimulating environments. Triplets like these will need an enclosure of at least 7ftx7ft.



Pet Photo Contest

Pet Photo Contest

March 28, 2018

CONTEST WINNERS HAVE BEEN OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCED!

Lights! Camera! Action! Dust off your camera, set up the lighting and get ready for your pet to become an instant celebrity!

We are looking for 12 photogenic pets (of all kinds!) to be featured in the Toronto Humane Society’s 2019 New Beginnings calendar.

To enter, simply submit your photos by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Rules & Guidelines:

  • All photos must be in colour, horizontal layout and contain animals only.
  • Only digital pictures will be accepted. Images must be in .jpg format. As a guideline, the minimum file size should be 2.5 MB.
  • We will only accept pictures that have not been altered with editing software.
  • Printed, Polaroid or copyrighted professional photographs cannot be accepted.
  • Photos become property of the Toronto Humane Society. We reserve the right to use them for other fundraising & marketing purposes.
  • Photos depicting cats outdoors, inhumane training collars or visibly distressed animals will not be considered.

Contest is open until May 31, 2018.

2018 New Beginnings Calendar Finalists



Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Join Our Pack!

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – Join Our Pack!

March 27, 2018

On Sunday, October 21st, join our pack of runners and walkers at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Choose to run, jog or walk the 5km, half-marathon or full-marathon

This will be our fourth year being a charity partnering with the Scotiabank Charity Challenge and we’ve got some exciting things to share:

  • Receive a special charity discount code to apply to your race registration fee!
  • New t-shirt design – every member of our team will receive a race t-shirt with a minimum donation of $20!
  • A fun team meet and greet night at our shelter!

We’ll do everything we can to help you with your training and fundraising, including helpful fundraising tips and promotion of your commitment on our social media pages!

To join the Toronto Humane Society team today, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and include your full name, telephone number, t-shirt size and which event you’d like to take part in (5km, half or full marathon)!



Pet of the Week - Baxter

Pet of the Week - Baxter

March 16, 2018

Baxter’s only got one speed – fast! He loves going like THIS here and like THAT there. Wow, look at him go! You better get out of his way! He’s a “live fast” kind of doggie with a free spirit hungry for adventure. His mind is often occupied with open fields and squeaky toys. He loves chasing his favourite balls and playing fetch!

Baxter ain’t no city boy. All the cars and bikes and big crowds of people and ... well, just about everything you’ll find in the city can go take a hike! He can get really anxious when there’s too much going on around him, and when he’s anxious, the little guy can bark, lunge, and even snap at people! He also doesn’t like other doggies! Probably because he secretly knows some of them can run much faster than he can. He often barks, lunges, and even snaps at dogs, too. How rude!

Baxter is definitely a country boy with a more sensitive nature. He’s picky about his environment and his people. As you’d expect, he’s been really struggling in the shelter thanks to the daily activity and traffic around him. This has made focusing on confidence building and behaviour skills very difficult! He needs a spot where he can hear himself think! All these flippin’ dogs and people and cars and bikes are throwing him off!

On top of his behaviour, Baxter’s also had house soiling issues in the past. Woops! He really didn’t want us telling you about this, but we kinda have to! It’s something he’d like to work on in a calmer environment where he can actually focus and learn.

Baxter is what you’d call “complicated”. He knows what he likes and what he doesn’t like. He’ll need someone who’s not only patient with him, but someone who can really connect with him and show him that everything’s going to be okay.

Baxter has the potential to thrive if in a quiet environment where he can unwind and focus. He loves playing with his toys and is such a sweetheart when he’s calm and confident. He’s looking for an experienced, patient, and calm family in an adult-only home somewhere in the suburbs or in the country. He’s really eager to work on his behaviour, and he hopes his new family would be too! If there are other dogs in the home, he would really appreciate a meet and greet here at the shelter first!

If you’d like to meet Baxter, please contact us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Shawn and Carl

Shawn and Carl

February 16, 2018

Shawn and Carl are the Bert and Ernie of the guinea pig world. Piggie pals for life, these two do everything together, from playing chase around their den to sitting down to enjoy some foraged herbs, vegetables, and other delicacies. They love getting together to chew on some finely crafted paper towel and toilet paper rolls while their favourite music plays in the background. What is their favourite music, you might ask? These two have developed an appreciation for soft voices and the quiet humming of background noise, performed by the Toronto Humane Society Symphony Orchestra. They’re a real pair of gentleman.

Their most FAVOURITE thing, however, is snuggling together. If there was an award for best snuggling couple, these would win. Hands down.

Shawn and Carl are looking for a loving family who will let them continue being the cutest, bestest buddies in the whole wide world. They only ask that you provide them with a cage large enough, so they can have a house, litter box and bowls! If you’re interested in giving these two cuties a home, please reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Please note: to keep any guinea pig happy, it’s important to give them big cages. When picking out a cage for your future guinea pig, or custom building one yourself, aim for a cage with dimensions 36"L x 24"W x 18"H or larger, especially for multiple guinea pigs. Remember: all guinea pigs need around 4 hours of playtime outside of their cage each day.



Pet of the Week - Jade

Pet of the Week - Jade

February 14, 2018

Being an older girl with diabetes, Jade likes to take things slow. She’s an incredibly social girl who loves exploring and making new friends, it’s just that she doesn’t quite have the energy she used to have. Fun, yet slow paced walks and play dates are what she likes!

Jade loves everyone under the sun. She loves meeting new people, and is always excited to get a head rub from both stranger and friend alike! She’s the kind of gal who’s lived long enough to appreciate the small things in life. She likes to smell the roses on her walks and listen to the rain patter against the windows on her bed!

She’s currently living in a loving foster home, but is hoping to find a more permanent set up with a big comfy couch where she can spend the rest of her days! Jade loves everyone, including children. She’d only ask they appreciate her older age and health condition. A calm, quiet home on the mature side is her dream. If there are any other pets in the home, she would really appreciate meeting them before she commits to anything! Affectionate beyond belief, she’s the sweetest girl looking for the ultimate retirement home!

If you’re interested in Jade, please reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Pet of the Week - Luna

Pet of the Week - Luna

February 02, 2018

Lazy weekend advocate and celebrated nap queen, Luna is a sweetie pie who thrives in quiet, calm environments where it’s just her and her favourite cuddle mates. She’s always down for movie night, and will never say no to a treat or a long brush session!

Luna is not about noise or any kind commotion. She’s the kinda girl who needs calm and quiet spots to collect her thoughts and relax. If libraries hired cats, she’d totally apply just so she could have a spot to hang out with a no-talking policy. Plus, there’d be a ton of neat spots for her to jump up on and people watch!

If Luna could tell people to keep it down, she would! She’d tell them she’s got a whole bag of “shh”, with their name on it! But because she can’t communicate her displeasure with words, she has been known to act out when there’s been too many guests or too much noise at the home. In the past, she has bitten and scratched when she was annoyed or frightened by new guests or noise. She’s also acted out by peeing on people’s belongings. While this may have gotten her point across, it’s definitely not appropriate behaviour!

Not being a fan of noise or the hustle and bustle of a busy home, Luna isn’t a fan of children. They’re just too much! She’s looking for a mature home without children or any other pets. Most importantly, she hopes to find a home that’s quiet, patient, and stable. She is such sweet girl, she just needs a quiet and laid back place where she can show it!

If you’re interested in giving Luna a home, please reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Pet of the Week - Buttons

Pet of the Week - Buttons

January 26, 2018

Bouncy little Buttons, or “Energizer Bunny”, as he’s otherwise known, is a high-octane, energy-filled adrenaline junkie who pulls no punches when it comes to having a blast! He loves running, jumping, and running some more! He’s a bright-eyed party-boy who’s on the lookout for a home that can handle his fun-loving swag.

Buttons can be a little over protective of his enclosure. That’s his zone, his bachelor pad, his abode. He doesn’t let just anyone step on his turf! As for litter training—well, that’s a work in progress! He’s been so busy seeing how fast he can run that he hasn’t had time to learn about litter training. He hopes his new family would teach him a thing or two as far as all that goes.

Most importantly, he’s looking for a mature family with some experience with rabbits. He hopes they’d be patient with him as he learns and grows into a well-behaved—but no less fun—rabbit! He’s a ball of energy just looking for his new home.

If you would like to learn more about Buttons please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Please note: to keep a guy like Buttons happy, it’s important to give him big cages. A rabbit the size of Buttons will require an enclosure at least 4’Lx4’Wx4’H. Remember: all rabbits need at least 4 hours a day of playtime outside of their cage each day.



Pet of the Week - Butch

Pet of the Week - Butch

January 19, 2018

Butch is a chipper young pup with a heart of gold and an unbridled excitement for everything and everyone! He loves exploring on his walks and learning about all the fascinating things there are to see, from the big thunderous snow plow to the captivating bag flowing in the wind! He is curious, caring, and seriously playful. He loves toys! He’s in absolute heaven when they’re brought out. He loves flaunting them around for everyone to see, then taking them to his bed where can gnaw and bite and shake to his heart’s content! His favourites are hard rubber toys! He loves throwing them into the air and catching them in a single motion! He has serious skills.

Butch can often forget himself in his excitement. He loves jumping up on people to say hi and to tell them how much he already loves them. But he’s a seriously smart guy. He’s already beginning to learn that, no matter how happy he is to see them, jumping up on people is a no-no!

While he’s a lively spirit, he’s also very gentle. When you offer him a treat, he’ll take it from you with gentle consideration. When you pet or scratch him, he’ll melt. His favourite spots are under the chin and neck! And, after a long day of bag chasing and ball throwing, he’ll want nothing more than to snuggle up with you on the couch.

Butch is looking for a family who lives an active lifestyle and who will join him on his many bouncy adventures! He hopes his family will be patient with him, as he’s still young and still learning how to control his excitement. Being so young, he’s still a little unsure about other dogs. If there are other dogs in the home, he’d really love for you to bring them here for a meet and greet! This goes for other pets and small children as well. Butch loves everybody, but it’s always best to bring everyone here for a visit before he goes home with you!

Butch is such a beautiful dog. So full of the purest love and energy. With a little patience, this guy will grow into a loyal sidekick and lifelong companion. If you’re interested in giving him a home, please reach out to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).



Cupcake Day!

Cupcake Day!

January 18, 2018

Everyone loves Cupcakes!! :D

What a fun way to help out the animals here at the Toronto Humane Society!! On SATURDAY, February 24, 2017 it is National Cupcake Day! Join us at the shelter (from 10am until we close or sell out of cupcakes) for some tasty treats for you and/or your 4 - legged pal!

If you aren’t into eating baked treats but still want to help out, don’t worry, you have a couple of options!

You can host your own bake sale and help us reach our goal of raising $12,000 for animals in need by collecting pledges on our behalf! Or you can visit our page on the website and donate to someone who has signed up help us out with their own bake sale!

Donate or Register.



Fun Giving Tuesday Activities for Kids & Adults!

Fun Giving Tuesday Activities for Kids & Adults!

October 31, 2017

Fun Giving Tuesday Activities for Kids and Adults!

Giving Tuesday, which takes place on November 28th 2017, is described as the ‘opening day of the Giving Season’. It’s a time for Canadians to come together and support their communities.

It is also a day for us to kick off our Hope for the Holidays campaign here at the shelter! Our Hope for the Holidays campaign raises funds and awareness for the animals in our shelter, especially those who have been with us for a long a time and who we want to be in a loving, forever home in time for the holiday season!

We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ways for you to get involved and help homeless pets at our shelter, so please read on!

Donate on the day!

Monetary donations can be made at http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/givingtuesday.

Donate using your cell phone using the following codes:

Text THS to donate $5

Text PAWS to donate $10

Text SAVE to donate $20

Text your chosen code to 20222 to donate. 100% of your donation will go to the Toronto Humane Society.

Pen Pals for Pets

Last year on Giving Tuesday we piloted our Pen Pals for Pets program to give kids a way to give back to the pets in our care. We received over 100 pen pal letters for our pets that gave them hope for the holidays. They loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year!

Pen Pals for Pets can be done as an individual or class activity, and is an opportunity for kids to spread hope and joy to some of our longer stay furry friends this holiday season.

Here is how it works:

  1. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register your interest in this activity
  2. By Wednesday, November 15th, we will email you a letter writing kit that will include the following: holiday letter templates and prompts, and profiles of some of our longer stay pets who are looking for a home!
  3. Choose a pen pal to write to (or more than one!), and write them a nice letter to give them hope for the holidays. Tell them what their new home might be like, or what activities their family might do with them over the holidays! Feel free to get creative with drawings, poems, stickers and whatever else you think might make our pets feel extra special!
  4. Mail or drop off your letters by Monday, November 27th.
  5. On Giving Tuesday we will display the pen pal letters in the shelter alongside each pet’s name for visitors to admire. The letters will remain on display for the rest of the holiday season.
  6. Follow us on social media because we will be creating a short video featuring a handful of pen pal letters that we will read to our pets, and yours could be one! Here’s our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages!
  7. Feel great that you made a pet in need feel special and loved this holiday season! Our aim for this activity is to foster compassion for animals among young people, and bring awareness to the animals who have been looking for a home for a long time.

PawItForward Donation Drive

Bring the spirit of giving to your workplace on Giving Tuesday! Why not host a donation drive for the animals?

Bring a box and ask your colleagues to bring an item in to donate. You can use our Hope For the Holidays poster to let everyone know about your donation drive. Download our poster, type in the details, and print/email it to your coworkers to get everyone involved. We are always looking for:

  • Gently used blankets and towels
  • Toys
  • Food and treats
  • Collars and leashes
  • Beds
  • Coats and boots

If your workplace would like to host a giving day for the Toronto Humane Society please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - we’d love to hear your plans! We can also send brochures for you to give out to your colleagues so they can learn more about the work we do!



Hit the links “fore!” animals!

Hit the links “fore!” animals!

August 01, 2017

The Ben Krieger Memorial Fund and Golf Tournament

The 4th annual Ben Krieger Memorial Golf Tournament benefitting the Toronto Humane Society will be taking place on Sunday, September 10th 2017 at the Westview Golf Club in Aurora Ontario.

The tournament will be 18 holes, best ball format. Play will begin with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m., with a continental breakfast, lunch, prizes, and a silent auction to follow. Cost: $150.00 per person. Individual or group entries are welcome.

If you would like to participate in this fun-filled day and raise money for our furry friends, please contact Dr. Mark Krieger at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for a great day on the links!

Alternatively, please click here if you wish to donate to Ben’s Fund and support the animals in our care.

The Ben Krieger Memorial Golf tournament was created by Ben’s dad Dr. Mark Krieger after the sudden passing of his son in January 2014. Ben cared deeply about the welfare of animals and adopted his own little rescue schnauzer named Sasha. The tournament is to honour his memory and raise funds for a cause that he was so passionate about.



Pet of the Week - Rosie

Pet of the Week - Rosie

June 05, 2017

Rosie is a sweet and gentle girl who despite her nervousness loves gentle pets. She follows her nose everywhere and enjoys her afternoon walks. Rosie seems well-mannered but distant with other dogs. She’s not really interested in the rough and tumble dog park. Rosie would likely do well in an apartment who is prepared for the occasional hound-like bay. She is a great dog looking for a warm place to spend her golden years.



Pet of the Week - CJ

Pet of the Week - CJ

May 29, 2017

CJ is a stunning cat with eyes that will pierce your soul. This shy fellow may be wearing his tuxedo, but he is not quite ready for a night out on the town. This reserved fellow responds well to kind words and chin scratches, but a loud noise or sudden movement might send him retreating. With a little patience this diamond in the rough will surely reward you with a happy face and a friendly purr. Ask about CJ today!



Pet of the Week - Jenny Jumper

Pet of the Week - Jenny Jumper

May 22, 2017

Jenny Jumper is in the building and she cannot wait to find her new best friend! Jenny is a young lady with lots of energy and zest. She also loves her greens and is quick to run over and say hello to anyone who notices how beautiful she truly is. She would like a large pen and a family to call her very own. If you would like to learn more about Jenny please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) speak with an adoption staff member today!



Pet of the Week - Jasper

Pet of the Week - Jasper

May 15, 2017

Jasper is a slow build when it comes to introductions. He prefers to ease into new situations in small doses, and then make an early exit. Short visits are his specialty. He is looking for an experienced, patient adopter who will let him grow at his own gentle pace. Please talk to an adoption agent today if you’re interested in adopting!



Pet of the Week - Smudge

Pet of the Week - Smudge

May 08, 2017

Look at this handsome face ! How could you not fall in love with Smudge? Our Volunteers say he is a real gentleman and loves any and all interaction that he receives. Smudge also likes to have company when he eats, so if you are looking for a dinner companion to share your time with, come and ask about Smudge at our Adoption Office



Pet of the Week - Kirby

Pet of the Week - Kirby

May 01, 2017

Meet Kirby a little bird who has enjoyed a big adventure and is now ready to settle in a cozy home with a loving family. Kirby loves millet, toys and the radio. He would do well with a family who can keep his mind nice and sharp and his body healthy. Budgies make wonderful companions; they are social, clownish, and full of personality. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to ask about adopting adorable Kirby today!



Pet of the Week - Tona

Pet of the Week - Tona

April 24, 2017

Meet Tona! This little sweetie can be nervous when first approached and may need some time to get used to new surroundings. If you come by to see her you will see her curled up in the smallest ball imaginable. If you are a guy however you may get barked at. She can be a little bit more suspicious of men but will come around with some bribing. Tona would do well in a quiet environment like a small apartment building. Once this little lady comes around she will be stuck to you like glue. Please talk to an adoption agent today if your interested in Tona!



Pet of the Week - Toothless

Pet of the Week - Toothless

April 17, 2017

Super shy gal Toothless needs a helping hand to find her inner dragon. As one of a group of hoarding cats that recently came to the shelter, Toothless is still getting used to having people around her. Slow and steady is the way to win her heart. We are hopeful that in the right home environment this sweet lady is sure to soar.



Pet of the Week - Bixby

Pet of the Week - Bixby

April 10, 2017

Meet Bixby a little rabbit who is active, outgoing and full of adventure. He is looking for an experienced rabbit owner who is committed to providing everything Bixby needs to stay happy and healthy. Due to some recent health concerns we are asking that adopters speak with their exotic veterinarian before committing to Bixby’s adoption. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to learn more about our special little guy today!



Pet of the Week - Jingo

Pet of the Week - Jingo

April 03, 2017

Meet Jingo! He is a big boy who has lots energy and is looking for a forever home that will appreciate his enthusiasm. Jingo would do well in an adult only home since he likes to jump and run around, so he may be too much for smaller children. He does tend to guard high value food or toys and can be a bit touchy about his personal space. Since he is such a high energy dog he would be best suited in a house with a yard. Please talk to an adoption agent today if you are interested in Jingo!



Pet of the Week - Pumpkin

Pet of the Week - Pumpkin

March 27, 2017

Our gentle boy, Pumpkin, is a lovable lap cat who helps out in the adoption office by keeping our laps warm. He also helps out with “spell checking” by standing on the keyboard and, of course, sitting on our paper files to ensure we did it all correctly. Pumpkin is looking for a home where he may spend his golden years relaxing and sleeping. He would welcome a place to perch so he may enjoy looking outside. Pumpkin is located in the Feline Adoption office if you would like to meet him.



Pet of the Week - Abracadabra

Pet of the Week - Abracadabra

March 20, 2017

Abracadabra may be small but he is mighty. He is looking for a home with caregivers who understand that even though he is small he is energetic and aloof. He should have a large enclosure with enough chew and puzzle toys to keep him busy as well as at least 4 hours of active socialization a day. Dwarf rabbits have big personalities and Abracadabra is no exception.



Pet of the Week - Lloyd

Pet of the Week - Lloyd

March 13, 2017

Lloyd is an exuberant and excitable young dog. He is reported to be housetrained with only a rare accident, though he lacks some other basic manners. Lloyd tends to jump, bark and generally behave like a friendly nuisance during greetings. He quite likes other dogs who come to visit and he has lived with children successfully. Lloyd has lived with a cat previously. He sometimes gets into trouble when left alone and may benefit from use of a crate.



Pet of the Week - Honey

Pet of the Week - Honey

March 06, 2017

Honey is a gentle soul. Living in the same home for 10 years he is finding it difficult to adjust to shelter life. As a result he hides and you may pass him by; that will be your loss. Once Honey gets comfortable around you his gentle and sweet side really starts to show. Ideally suited to a quiet home with no other animals, Honey will make a great companion cat. Ask about Honey today.



Pet of the Week - Sheldon

Pet of the Week - Sheldon

February 27, 2017

Little Sheldon the turtle has had quite the adventure. He has traveled far and wide to find his perfect home.

Turtles are long lived animals that require daily care and attention. They can live up to 50+ years and will require owners who are committed to keeping them happy and healthy.

Adult Turtles need approximately 80-120 gallon aquariums per animal, depending on the sex. This can be achieved with a large aquarium or a preformed pond, depending on the location in the home.

A large external filter which should ideally turn the volume of the water over twice per hour is one of the essentials to have. UV light is extremely important for them as it mimics the sun, which has an immediate effect on their natural behaviour, skin and shell health and helps them absorb calcium into their bodies, which we as caregivers add to their diets. Water temperature should be 72 to 76 degrees with a dry area and basking spot in the high 80’s.

Proper research should be done before deciding if a turtle is the right fit for your home, lifestyle and family. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information on turtles and turtle care.



Pet of the Week - Nahla

Pet of the Week - Nahla

February 20, 2017

Nahla is a scruffy little character known here at the shelter for her toothy smile and mischievous nature. She is a typical terrier, brisk, inquisitive and not afraid to speak her mind! She can be a bit watchful of new people and will occasionally sound the alarm when strangers enter her home area. Other dogs aren’t exempt from this treatment either. She’s a little more suspicious of them and tends to bark at those who get too close. Nahla is not the dog park sort and would much rather spend her time adventuring with her owner followed by a good cuddle. She is quite affectionate with those she knows and trusts and is a constant companion. In fact, she can get a little over-attached. Nahla has had a lot of upheaval in her short life and has some difficulty seeing her owner leave. She tends to bark out her frustration or loneliness and would do best in a house where her habits won’t annoy the neighbours. Her previous owner does report calm behavior when left alone so this anxiety may be related to all the change. Hopefully it will dissipate with time and patience. For the most part she is good with sharing her food and toys; but some special bones might be too tempting to keep.

Nahla is a pretty special girl and she does have some special needs. She is currently being treated for Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency. This condition is very manageable with a special diet and enzyme supplementation; a regimen which will need to continue for her lifetime. Nahla does let it slow her down one bit, though! She is a great girl looking for the home who will stand by her for the rest of her life.



Pet of the Week - Delaware

Pet of the Week - Delaware

February 13, 2017

Delaware is a majestic fella who’s looking for a new place to call his own castle. He has a strong, friendly, and curious personality, so he’s looking for a confident and loving guardian to call his own. This handsome boy is best suited for a single person or couple and be the only feline in the home.





Pet of the Week - Emma

Pet of the Week - Emma

January 16, 2017

Meet Emma! She is a lovely girl who needs some time to warm up to people but once she does that tail doesn’t stop wagging. Emma loves to play with her toys and will carry her favorite stuffy in her mouth.

She is currently available as a foster and the foster parent can choose to adopt her once she is given the clear by our veterinary team. Emma is up for foster instead of adoption because we are concerned about the way she walks. There may be a neurological issue or a problem with her spine. The foster parent will be responsible for bringing her in for her appointments, providing basic care and reporting progress to our foster department.

Emma would do best in an adult only home who has a house with yard because she tends to really miss her people when they leave so she can be vocal and sometimes destructive. Emma is a true sweetheart and would be a great addition to anyone’s household.



Cupcake Day!

Cupcake Day!

January 12, 2017

Everyone loves Cupcakes!! :D

What a fun way to help the animals here at the Toronto Humane Society!! On February 27, 2017 it is National Cupcake Day! Join us at the shelter for some tasty treats for you and/or your 4 - legged pal!

If you aren’t into eating baked treats but still want to help, don’t worry, you have a couple of options!

You can host your own bake sale and help us out by collecting pledges on our behalf! Signup Here! Or you can visit our page on the website and donate to someone who has signed up to help us out with their own bake sale! Donate Here!

Thank you in advance for your support from all the animals here at the Toronto Humane Society!



National Dress up your Pet Day

National Dress up your Pet Day

January 12, 2017

This Saturday, January 14th, is National Dress up your Pet Day! Not all pets are okay with dressing up, however some really don’t mind. If your pet is one of those pets that really doesn’t mind putting on a cute outfit, we want you to share their picture with us!

On Saturday, post your pets picture to Twitter and/or Instagram, tagging our profile and using the hashtag #THSDressUpContest. If you follow all these steps, you’ll have your chance to win a $25 Gift Card to Indigo!

Start sharing!!

Please do not force your pet to do something they are uncomfortable with. Be respectful of their boundaries.



Pet of the Week - Heli

Pet of the Week - Heli

January 09, 2017

Heli is such a silly bird, who loves to sing and screech! Heli will need a large enclosure as well as daily enrichment and constant socialization. Heli will be a long term commitment and he will require extra socialization. He may even be a good fit for your current lovebird.



Pet of the Week - Teddy

Pet of the Week - Teddy

January 02, 2017

Why do people love Teddy Bears so much? They are big, cuddly, and loveable. That certainly describes Teddy. He has captured the hearts of the staff and volunteers. This senior boy loves head rubs, chin scratches and his grooming sessions. Teddy’s favourite pastime is to look out the window and watch for birds. If you have a spot in your home for Teddy to lounge in and spend his Golden Years, he would definitely love to meet you.



Pet of the Week - Harley

Pet of the Week - Harley

December 26, 2016

Meet Harley! Harley is a special dog who is deserving of the right type of person who will stick with him and be patient as he learns new skills and approaches to situations. Harley can be a little anxious at times, and can seem conflicted and insecure in his reactions towards other dogs and sometimes people. He can become mouthy and a bit panicked when frustrated or unsure about a situation. Harley has wonderfully deep and inquisitive eyes and is brimming with potential. Someone who is going to help him build his confidence, recognize and build on his abilities, and provide him with structure and routine is who Harley needs in his life. This lovely boy can shine like the brightest of them if given the chance.



Pet of the Week - Presley

Pet of the Week - Presley

December 19, 2016

Meet Presley, a stunning, gold and black guinea pig who cannot wait to find his perfect match. He can be a little shy at first, but he will quickly warm up with a tasty treat or two. He is looking for a family that can offer him a large enclosure with lots of space to play and popcorn. If you think Presley is your perfect match please stop by the Toronto Humane Society and say hi!



Pet of the Week - Candy

Pet of the Week - Candy

December 12, 2016

Beautiful Candy is a wonderful girl. Candy knows what she likes (as all us girls do) and what she dislikes. Her refined tastes means that she would like a quiet home where she can be queen of the castle. As all us older divas know the spotlight should shine on us and us alone! Ask about her today.



pet of the Week - Nala

pet of the Week - Nala

December 05, 2016

Meet Nala! She is a beautiful girl and is sure to draw you in with her good looks and charm. Don’t be fooled she is an energetic girl who loves to run around and play. Nala needs some help befriending her fellow canines. Please talk to an adoption agent today if you are interested in Nala!



Pet of the Week - April

Pet of the Week - April

November 28, 2016

April is a wonderful red-eared slider turtle. April can be outgoing and will shamelessly beg for food. Turtles are definitely lifetime companions and April still has quite a bit of growing to do.

Turtles are long lived animals that require daily care and attention. They can live up to 50+ years and will require owners who are committed to keeping them happy and healthy.



Pet of the Week - Puss’n'boots

Pet of the Week - Puss’n'boots

November 21, 2016

This lady will quietly purr her approval of petting, brushing and chin scratches for short visits. If she has company over, she would prefer it be a light lunch, rather than a full meal. She definitely charts her own course in the pursuit both social and quiet time!



Pet of the Week - Tootsie

Pet of the Week - Tootsie

November 14, 2016

Tootsie is a fairly low-key, mild manner boy and is looking for guardians to match! He’ll need a calm household with people who can devote time to building his confidence gradually. He would do best in a home with adults only, or older teens. Tootsie is calm and graceful but also has a determined streak when out for walks to go his own path. He is looking for a forever home where he can happily spend the rest of his senior years. If you are interested in Tootsie, please speak to an adoption agent today!



Pet of the Week - Emily

Pet of the Week - Emily

November 07, 2016

This lovely lady named Emily is on the hunt for a new forever home. She is social and outgoing but only on her terms, because of this an experienced rabbit caregiver is required. It is also recommended that she is not in a home with young children. Emily loves to munch of veggies and treats, and lounge in her hide box. She may also benefit from having a bonded partner in her new home, ideally a neutered male close to her age. Please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information about our sassy miss.



Fun Giving Tuesday Activities for Kids and Adults!

Fun Giving Tuesday Activities for Kids and Adults!

November 04, 2016

Giving Tuesday, which takes place on November 29th 2016, is described as the ‘opening day of the Giving Season’. It’s a time for Canadians to come together and support their communities.

It is also a day for us to kick off our Hope for the Holidays campaign here at the shelter! Our Hope for the Holidays campaign raises funds and awareness for the animals in our shelter, especially those who have been with us for a long a time and who we want to be in a loving, forever home in time for the holiday season!

We’ve got a whole bunch of fun ways for you to get involved and help homeless pets at our shelter, so please read on!


Donate on the day!

Monetary donations can be made at http://www.torontohumanesociety.com/givingtuesday.

Donate using your cell phone using the following codes:

Text THS to donate $5

Text PAWS to donate $10

Text SAVE to donate $20

Text your chosen code to 20222 to donate. 100% of your donation will go to the Toronto Humane Society.


PawItForward Donation Drive

Bring the spirit of giving to your workplace on Giving Tuesday! Why not host a donation drive for the animals?

Bring a box and ask your colleagues to bring an item in to donate. You can use our Hope For the Holidays poster to let everyone know about your donation drive. Download our poster, type in the details, and print/email it to your coworkers to get everyone involved. We are always looking for:

  • Gently used blankets and towels
  • Toys
  • Food and treats
  • Collars and leashes
  • Beds
  • Coats and boots

If your workplace would like to host a giving day for the Toronto Humane Society please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) - we’d love to hear your plans! We can also send brochures for you to give out to your colleagues so they can learn more about the work we do!



Pen Pals for Pets

We have a number of dogs, cats and small pets who have been at the shelter for a long time! This year, to raise awareness for our long-term residents, we’re asking kids to be a Pen Pal to a homeless pet at the Toronto Humane Society. Here’s how it works:



Pet of the Week - Gizzy

Pet of the Week - Gizzy

October 31, 2016

Meet Gizzy! She is a great cat and has won the hearts of all those that have met her. She is a regular mother hen taking lost kittens under her wings. Her perfect day would consist of playing with her kitten friends and then curling up with you and taking a cat nap as you read. To arrange a meet and greet with Gizzy ask our feline adoption staff.



Pet of the Week - Captain Pancake

Pet of the Week - Captain Pancake

October 24, 2016

Captain Pancake is here to save the day! She may not be able to fight crime, but she can make you smile and laugh. After being found outside she is looking for a home with a patient caregiver who can help boost her confidence. Due to some recent health concerns it is important that adopters have a vet who is experienced working with rabbits and realistic expectations on future care and cost. Rabbits should have large enclosures and at least 4 hours of out of cage time every day to keep happy and healthy. Captain Pancake would also do well with a neutered male close to her age.



Pet of the Week - Traveller

Pet of the Week - Traveller

October 17, 2016

Traveller (called Che by his current owners) is a handsome boy who is a sweet and loving dog. He can be a fearful and nervous dog so he will require an owner who will respect his space, have patience and a good understanding of dog body language. Traveller would be ideally suited to an experienced owner who has the patience to continue to work with him. He would do best in a low traffic home and could do well living with other dogs.

Traveller is well trained, very obedient and walks well on a leash. He gets along very well with most dogs and loves to play. In the proper low-traffic environment and with the right, experienced owner, Traveller’s uncertainties can be managed and he would make a fantastic companion and pet.



Pet of the Week - Flynn

Pet of the Week - Flynn

October 10, 2016

As Flynn is lounging on the top of his box, he is so “Regal Looking” that you have to stop by and admire him. Flynn is having a hard time adjusting to shelter life. He is a shy boy who would like to have a patient guardian to show him his “Golden Years” can be very enjoyable. With his long coat, he will need daily grooming sessions to keep it looking beautiful. Come and ask about him at the adoption office.



Pet of the Week - Apples

Pet of the Week - Apples

October 03, 2016

Apples the turtle has been in the shelter since July 2013. She is a big girl and will need a lot of swimming space along with a nice large basking area. She will be nervous at first, as she was here, but as time goes by she will really come “out of her shell” to interact and socialize with her new caregiver. She also loves food and often begs for treats!

She can’t wait to find a home in which to swim, bask, and explore for the rest of her life.

If you are prepared to care for a growing turtle like Apples, speak with an Adoption Counselor for more information!



For All Dogs – Thank You For Your Support!

September 27, 2016

Another year, another successful trip completed! Two teams of veterinarians, technicians and admin support staff spent two weeks providing free veterinary services to dogs and cats in remote northern communities.

We would like to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who donated funds, supplies and their time to this project. A special acknowledgement must be given to Dogs Trust Worldwide who generously donated to the initiative. This funding was crucial in making For All Dogs 2016 happen!

You can see the impact your support had in the infographic below!



Pet of the Week - Athena

Pet of the Week - Athena

September 26, 2016

Meet Athena! This mother’s work is over after weaning off her 7 puppies she is looking for a forever home. Athena is a wise and lovely girl who needs help making friends with her canine pals. Athena is a champ, this is a dog who smiles with her teeth, hugs with a paw on each shoulder, and will press herself into you so hard you think she is going to knock you down. Please talk to an adoption agent if your interested in Athena!



Nicholas

Nicholas

September 19, 2016

How can you be handsome and shy at the same time? Come and meet Nicholas. Nicholas is having a hard time getting used to shelter life. Having spent all of his previous life in a home it is a bit of an adjustment for him to get used to the sights and sounds of the shelter. If you happen to have a bag of treats in your hand then you’ll be sure to have a friend for life.



Pet of the Week - Macy

Pet of the Week - Macy

September 12, 2016

Meet Macy, our little ray of sunshine. Macy is looking for a new forever home with a patient, caring family who can offer a large cage and lots of socialization. Cockatiels are beautiful birds that are inquisitive, social and very intelligent. They can live 10-15 years it is very important that any potential adopter be prepared to make a long term commitment.



Fall in Love Friday: Sheldon, a Turtle

Fall in Love Friday: Sheldon, a Turtle

September 09, 2016

Snazzy Sheldon the turtle is featured as an adoptable animal from the Toronto Humane Society. Read More



Pet of the Week - Woody

Pet of the Week - Woody

September 05, 2016

Meet Woody! Woody is a wonderful boy with so much to offer his new home! He loves to be out and about, seeing and meeting new people. He would enjoy sitting on the patio in the summer and frolicking in the snow come winter. Woody will show more interest in you than your shoes at this point in his life. If you think Woody would make a great addition to your house, please talk to an adoption agent today!



Fall in Love Friday: Pirate, Eight-Year-Old Dog

Fall in Love Friday: Pirate, Eight-Year-Old Dog

September 02, 2016

Super cute pooch Pirate the dog is featured as an adoptable animal from the Toronto Humane Society. Read More



Dozens of Stray, Surrendered Cats Currently on Waiting Lists to Get Into Sarnia Shelter

Dozens of Stray, Surrendered Cats Currently on Waiting Lists to Get Into Sarnia Shelter

September 02, 2016

The Toronto Humane Society extends a helping hand to the Sarnia and District Humane Society by accepting hundreds of cats over several months. Read More