Toronto Humane Society Open House

Open House

Love animals and looking for a fun, free family event? Come meet the animals, read to the rabbits, shop our yard sale and so much more!


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).

Open House activities and more! Open House activities and more!

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.

Yard Sale (9am -3pm) – weather permitting

Stop by and shop our yard sale. Items will include: Small household items, small appliances, toys , tools , fitness equipment, books, animal related items like cat carriers , art, jewellery and so much more! Arrive early to get your first pick!

Bake Sale (11am – 5pm)

Do you have a sweet tooth? We’ll have a wide variety of bake goods for sale in the front lobby of our shelter!

Meet and Greet (3pm - 4pm) – Boardroom – 2nd Floor

Meet one-on-one with our staff, Board members and candidates up for election at the 2018 AGM.

Humane Education activities for children (11am to 5pm)

Pick up a pencil crayon and colour one of our THS stenciled animals, do an all about pets crossword and a responsible pet ownership word search.

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.

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?!)

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 410,000 pounds of pet food last year – that’s more than 10 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!)