Toronto Humane Society Open House

Open House

Love animals and looking for a fun, free, family event? Come make toys for the dogs, read to the rabbits, tour the Cat Sky House and more.

Donations of food and litter to our pet food bank will be gratefully accepted.


How to Get HereHow to Get Here

Toronto Humane Society
11 River Street (where Queen & King Street meet)
Toronto, Ontario M5A 4C2
416 392-2273




By Transit

Streetcars stop right outside the shelter, every 10 minutes.

Take the 504 King streetcar to River Street OR take the 501 Queen streetcar to River Street.**

** Note: the 501 Queen streetcar may be replaced with buses in late May, which may affect transit times.

By Car

Street parking is available:

  • On Bayview south of Queen (behind THS)
  • On Queen and King Street, west of River Street
  • In the West Don Lands, off River Street south of King Street

There’s also a Green P parking lot at Cherry and Front Street (10 minute walk).

Family-Friendly ActivitiesFamily-Friendly Activities

Love animals and looking for a fun, free, family event? Whether you’re young or simply young at heart, Toronto Humane Society’s Open House has something for everyone.

Toy-Making (11am – 5pm)

We all like to have a little fun, and the shelter animals are no different. Help our volunteers make peanut-butter treats for our dogs, turn toilet paper rolls into rabbit treasures, and make catnip bundles for our feline friends.

Read to the Rabbits (11am – 5pm)

Help your child build confidence in her/his reading skills by practicing with a non-judgemental audience. The rabbits are “all ears” and this quiet interaction helps our shy animals become more comfortable around people, which makes them more adoptable. We’ll bring the books; you’ll want to bring your camera.

Scavenger Hunt (11am – 5pm)

How many black cats are in the shelter? How long do turtles live? Follow the clues as you take a trip around the shelter and learn about animals.

Colouring Books (11am – 5pm)

It’s all the rage right now – and we have colouring books based on real THS animals. Whether you’re inspired by Spirit the husky or Luc the chinchilla, pick up a pencil crayon and add your art to our walls.

Face Painting (noon-4pm)

Art isn’t just for walls – our face painter will give your child whiskers, cat eyes and a cute black nose.

Selfie Station (11am – 5pm)

Dress up with our animal-inspired props or pose with our mascots and share the moment with your friends.

Shelter Tours (every 30 minutes)

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Toronto Humane Society? Take a tour and see the vet clinic, the kitten nursery, and all the things that let us help thousands of animals every year (you think YOU have lots of laundry?!)

Shopping (every day)

Want to bring something home for your furry family members? We can help with that. We have collars and kibble, home-made treats and toys, or you can buy a raffle ticket to win big.

Adoptions (every day)

You’re always welcome to view the animals up for adoption – we’re open seven days a week. We do our best to make sure you and your future pet make the perfect match, so our adoption process includes a questionnaire and interview, and takes at least an hour (more at busy times, like Open House).

Help the Hungry (every day)

We distributed more than 470,000 pounds of pet food last year – that’s more than 13 tractor trailers full – to low income pet owners and people who take care of street (feral) cats. Donations of food and litter for our pet food bank are always gratefully accepted.

No Pets Please

While friends and family are welcome at Open House, please don’t bring your pets – it can be stressful for both your pet and our animals (the cats don’t like dogs in their territory!)

Nut allergies: please note that the toy making activities use peanut butter

Seminar ScheduleSeminar Schedule

Take 20 minutes to learn something new about your cat, dog or pocket pet. Seminars are free, but space is limited, so it’s first-come/first-served.

Time Seminar
11:00am Why does my cat do that? (cat behaviour)
11:30am Dog-gone it, Fido! (dog behaviour)
12:00pm Are you ready to adopt?
12:30pm First aid basics (vet care)
1:00pm Why does my cat do that? (cat behaviour)
1:30pm Dog-gone it, Fido! (dog behaviour)
2:00pm Are you ready to adopt?
2:30pm First aid basics (vet care)


If you’re a THS member or volunteer, join our “speed dating” Q&A session – meet one-on-one with our staff, Board members and candidates up for election at the 2017 AGM.

Time Seminar
3:30pm-4:30pm Ask me anything – speed dating Q&A


Shelter Tours (every 30 minutes)

Ever wonder what happens behind the scenes at the Toronto Humane Society? Take a tour and see the vet clinic, the kitten nursery, and all the things that let us help thousands of animals every year (you think YOU have lots of laundry?!)


No Pets Please

While friends and family are welcome at Open House, please don’t bring your pets – it can be stressful for both your pet and our animals (the cats don’t like dogs in their territory!)

Help Spread the WordHelp Spread the Word

Everyone is welcome at Toronto Humane Society’s Open House. Help us spread the word by putting posters up in your local pet store or coffee shop, sending an email or sharing on social media.

Click here to download a letter sized poster.

Click here to download a tabloid sized poster.

Click here to download information to email.

Click here to download a cat image to share on social media.

Click here to download a dog image to share on social media.

Click here to download a rabbit image to share on social media.