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Country Life for Ferel Cats

Laneway to Avian Acres,
Wink & Grimy's new home

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Mission Statement: To promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering

Summer 2009 Issue

Cover Story The Toronto Humane Society
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Victoria Park Adoption Centre 29 Society Officers

Tim Trow, President
Tre-rific Advice 4 Bob Hambley, Secretary-Treasurer
Joan Milne, Vice-President
Remembering Murphy 11 Carol Lupovich, Vice-President
By Peter Worthington
Board of Directors
Seal Hunt 14 Stephen Dooley Patricia McIlhone
By Thomas Walkom Bob Hambley Joan Milne
Sandi Hudson Laurie Overton
Bella 26
Pam Inglis Delores Qasim

Shelter Gino Innamorato Tim Trow

Alan Johnson Al Tweten
Kitten Nursery 16 Valerie Jones Bud Walters
Carol Lupovich
Shelter Management Team 12
Animaltalk is distributed free of charge to
Improving Facilities 13 approximately 55,000 Society members and
financial contributors.
Staff Profile 22
ISSN 1192-4861
Little Lily 15
Shelter Care Network 10

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Message from the President

Toronto Humane Society

Leadership in Animal Care
he Toronto Humane Even though we do our best program to help feral cats. In delivers the skills of superb
T Society, Canada’s first
“humane society”, has
to make the animals comfort-
able at The Toronto Humane
some places, ferals are con-
sidered a problem or even a
practitioners to ensure that it’s
not just up-town pets that are
always been the leader – Society, what each animal menace. Many say there is no well cared for, but the lost and
first hospital, first to start really wants is a second hope for these cats, but we abandoned as well. Veterinary
foster care, and first with a chance in a new home. have proven otherwise. care is detailed and expensive,
police constable. Being a leader amongst That’s leadership. but animals will never get a fair
And, with modern innova- humane societies means sup- The Toronto Humane shake until each life matters
tion and old-fashioned hard port both Province and staked out its mission of and the lives of none are con-
work, The Toronto Humane Canada-wide. It also provides doing the hardest of jobs and sidered expendable.
Society continues to take a an opportunity to experience caring for the most desperate What I am proposing is a
leadership role. Today, we mishaps and attract criticism. ones with no one else who big agenda, but leaders like
are the first to stop infection Being innovative also cares.. Looking forward and The Toronto Humane Society
with an in-house microbiol- attracts doubters. planning how to help these must look forward beyond
ogist and the first to install I remember the fury in the animals in the future is a the present. We must contin-
nebulizer units to help cats 80’s with the introduction of challenge as we need to grow. ue to remind ourselves that
with URI, the #1 killer of foster care. People feared I see our scarce resources when we work together,
lost and abandoned cats. shelter animals being disrup- being best applied in 3 areas: nothing is beyond our ability.
We are the busiest humane tive in the community. It is Adoption - We need a sec- That’s why this issue of
society in Canada with 83,271 the same today as some peo- ond free-standing adoption Animaltalk asks you to ensure
admissions in the past 7 years. ple can’t envisage life for spe- centre. Adopting animals at that you purchase your mem-
Animals admitted, many of cial needs animals. Relative the Van Horne Plaza in Don bership. The cost is $30.00
whom have never seen a doc- to the thousands of dogs, cats Valley East has worked out annually per member and
tor, are examined by the vet- we help, the handicapped are well with over 900 animals $10.00 for Senior Members.
erinarians and temperament but a handful. But none are finding a home. Let’s dupli- We want you to continue to
assessed, spayed or neutered, more important because they cate that success. be part of the excitement of
microchipped and vaccinated. need us so. There will be a Rescue - The charismatic helping animals at The
Those who need surgery or day when others will join us Tre Smith has built Toronto Toronto Humane Society.
medical treatment get it. in reducing euthanasia by Animal Rescue into a force to
It’s a mammoth undertak- saving these loving and be noted, responding on the
ing, one which is not possible deserving pets. They will join road to almost 1,100 calls last
without your financial sup- a growing number of those year. But we need another
port, as The Toronto Humane who already provide pallia- officer and another van to
Society receives no govern- tive care in their homes and augment our heroic rescue
ment funding. Other support who know the rewards of car- staff on the streets.
comes from the community ing for pets with handicaps. Veterinary Care - The shel-
when people step forward to This issue of Animaltalk ter veterinary care network that
become an adoptive family. highlights one of our varied Dr. Sheridan has pioneered Tim Trow, President

Summer 2009
Preparing your Dog for Summer

Tre-rific Advice
by Senior Agent Tre Smith
Give your pet a big drink and sometimes by then it’s Finally, we don’t have to
before you go out. You too late. It’s better to be think very far back to the
should have a source of safe than sorry. horrible case of Cyrus. Two
water on hand wherever you The sun can also harm summers ago, his previous
are so your pet can have a your pet’s exposed skin on owner had left him in a
drink when they need it. the ears, nose and paws; vehicle on a hot summer
There are a lot of innovative especially if you have a day where temperatures
products you can purchase white or light coloured pet. reached 70 degrees Celsius.
at your local pet supply Sunburns on exposed skin Cyrus was found seconds
store for more active “on the blisters and burned paw from death. Fortunately,
go” types. There is a water pads are very common dur- Cyrus survived and was
scoop that attaches to any ing the summer. Many of us adopted to a new loving
water bottle that delivers the have been sunburned and forever home. NEVER leave
water effortlessly to your we have all felt the hot pave- your pet inside a vehicle,
he ‘dog days’ of summer pet; it is light weight and ment on our bare feet. Your even for a minute. Your
T are upon us and our
pets’ health and safety are
compact for any walk, hike
or jog.
local pet supply store carries
a range of products to pro-
pet’s life is in your hands
and they trust you with it so
paramount during the hot Make sure you keep a tect your pet. don’t let them down. Have
months. Summer is the time close eye on your pet and One of the most over- a fun, happy and SAFE sum-
to be outside and enjoy the don’t force your pet to looked summer-time out- mer with your pet!!!!
long warm days and share walk further or run faster ings to the beach or lake.
them with our furry four that they can You should always keep a
legged family members. Hypothermia and heat close eye on your pet while
However, we need to take a stroke are the leading caus- near water and even consid-
few precautions when plan- es of preventable summer- er getting a life vest.
ning those outings and trips time pet ailments and
with our pets. deaths. It is important to
The most important thing exercise caution and good
to remember about your pet judgment when out with
is their hydration; an animal your pet, everyday I see
can become quickly dehy- people biking, rollerblad-
drated on a hot summer day. ing and jogging with their
Remember that your pet pets feverishly trying to
wears a permanent fur coat keep up. Doing this is very
and it makes ‘hot’ days even dangerous as your pet just
hotte. It is important to wants to keep up with you
hydrate your pet prior, dur- and doesn’t know when to
ing, and after any activities stop. An animal will sim-
or time in the sun and heat. ply go until it collapses

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Happy Tail
I am writing to commend the Toronto
Humane Society and your staff for the incred-
ible work they are doing.

A few weeks ago my partner and I rescued an

Evening Grosbeak after it flew into our win-
dow and broke its wing. The bird seemed oth-
erwise healthy except for the fact that it
couldn’t fly.

We brought the bird (we named her Carmen) to the Humane Society which took her in. Over the
weeks staff kept us informed as to Carmen’s progress and I am happy to report that this past
weekend we released Carmen from our deck. She was good as new, as she hopped into a cedar
tree, preened and then flew off. We could hear her all afternoon singing in the woods.

THANK YOU for the incredible service you provide and for the attention paid by The Toronto
Humane Society. It’s nice to know that in our crazy world there is a place where humanity and
kindness have a home.


Summer 2009
We Help all Animals

“We help all animals”

Why we try so hard to adopt animals,
and why our euthanasia rate is so low...

The sign: “We help all animals” at our reception desk means that all lost and abandoned animals are welcome. We don’t turn away the sick,
injured, certain breeds, or cherry- pick easy adoption candidates from amongst the unwanted. A lost or abandoned animal is never too unruly,
old or sick to be admitted to The Toronto Humane Society.

The Toronto Humane Society is like no other. It is a hospital. It is a centre of expertise. It is large and modern, with astounding resources. We
care for the half of the lost and abandoned animals in Toronto. We care for thousands of other animals from across Ontario, and animals
that the police, fire department, Red Cross and other officials bring to us to help. We work to rehabilitate thousands of injured or orphaned
wild birds and animals annually.

At The Toronto Humane Society, animals are always under veterinary direction and are cared for by a combination of trained staff and vol-
unteers. People work hard at jobs that are emotionally draining and often overwhelming. They do it because their end goal is saving ani-
mals lives. They look forward to the public support which comes at each successful adoption, because it is an exhilarating confirmation of
the importance of the work they do.

Nothing at The Toronto Humane Society is possible without donors, because we receive no government funding. The support of donors under-
pins it all. Ultimatly it is our supporters who have chosen to save lives in unprecedented numbers and keep the pioneer spirit alive at The
Toronto Humane Society.

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We Help all Animals

10 Stories of Doing “Whatever it Takes”

Smokey is an elderly American Staffordshire
Terrier mix. He came into the THS in 2007,
overweight and with a serious skin condition.
He was found to be hypothyroid and have
serious skin allergies. With medication, his
thyroid is now under control and he is at a
healthy weight. His allergies are kept at bay
with a strict diet. His skin is almost cleared up
and his fur is starting to grow back. He will be
ready for adoption in a couple of weeks. He
likes walks and lying in the sun. He is a big
fan of rawhides, is very loving and wants to
be a great friend and companion.

A month old piglet who named Wiggles was
brought into our hospital on May 25th, with a
broken leg and in shock. She had surgery per-
formed on her leg to reattached the femur at
the knee, and is currently recovering under vet-
erinary supervision. Wiggles was found on the
side of the 401 after falling off a truck trans-
porting her and many other pigs from a "pig
mill". This innocent animal, protected by no
one, was a victim of our factory farming socie-
ty. Three hobby estates are currently vying for
Wiggles. Her favorite food: sweet potatoes.

Summer 2009
We Help all Animals

Gobbles is a cat who contracted FIV. Many people overlook our FIV+ cats,
believing they are sick and might not make a good pet. Nothing could be fur-
ther from the truth. While many others would put down an FIV+ cat, The
Toronto Humane Society adopts these wonderful animals to loving homes.
Their new families find them to be peaceful companions and to be healthy
animals. Kept happy and healthy, in a home with no other cats, these animals
will live a long and healthy life.

Ethan has diabetes, which is under control. This disease could have devel-
oped from her previous owners giving her the wrong types of food or
because of lack of exercise and play. Ethan is 14 years old and deserves to
live his remaining years in a loving home and we will do ‘Whatever it
Takes’ to give him that opportunity.

Monty came to us as a stray with a severed spine. His back legs were per-
manently immobilized and he will never regain their use. The star of our
TV spot, Monty has adjusted very well to his cart and loves and is loved
in his new home.

Boy London
Boy London is an extremely friendly and outgoing cat. He is paralyzed
from the waist down but that does not stop him from being very mobile
and sneaky. He gets around so well he does not need 'wheels'. Many staff
and volunteers have been amazed at his speed and agility as he climbs the
exercise pole to perch. Lots of shelters would have put Boy London down
as unadoptable. But doing ‘Whatever It Takes’ to help animals like Boy
London, is what The Toronto Humane Society is here for. He is currently
available for adoption.

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We Help all Animals

Fluffy is a feral cat. Many shelters put down feral cats as they are consid-
ered unadoptable, but the Toronto Humane Society gives them a chance
by spaying and neutering them and finding people who will care for them
in a protected rural setting. Fluffy’s moving to the country as this story
goes to print. (See more about our Feral Cat program on page 23)

Bobby was a 3 month old Chihuahua, was extremely sweet, affection-
ate and loving. He was surrendered after he was diagnosed with a con-
genital heart defect. Unfortunately, there was nothing anyone could do
to treat him medically but we were able to provide him with three won-
derful months in a kind foster home. He was not in pain and his short
life ended peacefully. He is missed especially by his foster family but he
truly enjoyed his puppy life.

Lucy is a five month old shih tzu/maltese cross. She was abandoned by her
owners after suffering from a badly broken leg after being run over by a
car. Her owners didn't pay to make her better, but we did. Lucy has now
been adopted to her new forever home.

Pheonix is a small kitten who was only about 4 weeks old when he was
brought into our shelter after he was found in a deep hole. He had fallen
into the hole and was injured, shivering and hungry. At the shelter he was
rushed into veterinary care where he was given IV fluids and warmed. He
was very unstable and we were not sure he was going to survive. After a
few days he was in much better shape and regained his strength. He is with
his new forever family.

Summer 2009
Shelter Care Network

Dr. Sheridan's Veterinary Care Network:

“Our clinic has has a lengthy association with Dr. Sheridan and the Toronto Humane Society and as a
result of this we have saved countless animal that would have been destroyed if it were not for their
humane policy of trying to rehabilitate injured and ill patients as compared to terminating their lives.

I am full supporting of the Toronto Humane Society’s efforts and have known Dr. Sheridan for decades.
He is an ultimate professional who has alaways carried out his role with honor, trust and has demon-
strated great care with pets that are under his care.

The Toronto Humane Society has its priorities in order and for that we should be thankful.”

Dr. Avery Gillick – Morningside Animal Clinic

“Dr. Sheridan is a voice for the pets that have no current owner and he spends many hours daily doing the surgery, medicine
and treatments. He is dedicated to the care and protection of all animals in a kind and professional manner.”

Dr. Robert Rock – Toronto Humane Society Veterinary Hospital

“I have worked with Dr. Steve Sheridan for over ten years. During the entire time that I have known him
he has shown himself to be nothing but a hard working, conscientious veterinarian. I have witnessed him
working with animals and he genuinely tries to do everything to save their lives. I have nothing but
respect and admiration for Dr. Sheridan.”

Dr. Ahmad Badric – Toronto Central Animal Clinic

“Dr. Steve Sheridan has encouraged the use of the Beaches Animal Hospital to provide additional
veterinary care to Toronto Humane Society animals.”

Dr. Mark Dilworth – Beaches Animal Hospital

“I have known Dr. Sheridan in a professional capacity since 1985. I have always been impressed by the level of
care that Dr. Sheridan and his staff provide to the animals at The Toronto Humane Society.

Dr. Sheridan has ensured that the animals under his care receive the best possible treatment including IV flu-
ids, pain relief, medications specific to the patients needs, and treatment by specialists in surgery, medicine
and ultrasound when needed.

It is impressive that The Toronto Humane Society provides this level of care to its animals.”

Dr. Ryan de Langley, specialty mobile ultrasound practice

“Dr Steve Sheridan has a high standard of professional experience in dealing with and caring for all animals.”

Dr. Raffat Ibrahaim – Willowdale Animal Hospital

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8 Toronto Sun NEWS Summer 2009

Murphy gave us lots of love

But now our hearts are full of grief
dog's life was glorious as secure. Last September when adults had dinner, and
long as it lasted. Molly, by then a bit dotty would beg relentlessly -- but
Any dog in our house- and frail, died. We wept. mostly at my side because I
hold is blessed with good Last week it was Murphy's indulged her shamelessly.
fortune. But of all the Jack turn to go. An appealing characteris-
Russells we've had, Murphy For 16 years we've tic was being fastidiously
PETER WORTHINGTON had the most rewarding life. planned trips and holidays clean -- which a lot of dogs
Over the years, I've writ- around Murphy. She win- aren't. She rarely com-
y mother, who died in ten 47 columns mentioning tered in Florida, spent sum- plained, and preferred our
M 1992 at age 91, used
to remark that "love and
her -- perhaps excessive to
some, but she was a source
mers in the country -- a good
life. By last Christmas she
bed to hers.
And now she is gone.
grief" went with having a of inspiration. was frailer -- losing weight, The house seems terribly
dog in the family. Only time can heal the rejecting long walks, more empty. Her beanbag bed is
The "love" part is obvi- hurt of losing a family mem- sedate. We took her to now gone from the kitchen
ous. "Grief" is more compli- ber, be it human or animal. Florida, where she perked floor; her water bowl is no
cated, and inevitable Anyone who has what is up and bossiness revived. longer by the fridge; her col-
because usually the dog dies casually referred to as a Jack Russells are inces- lar, leash, harness, and red
first in a family. "pet" knows it is more than santly curious, always nosey, winter Roots coat are put
To avoid the grief of loss that, and an integral part of game for anything and think away. The back cushion of
is partly why my mother the family. they're 10 feet tall. When she the living-room couch is still
wouldn't get a dog during Yvonne's and my daily life was seven, Murphy was indented where she liked to
the last 35 years of her life. revolved around Murphy. awarded a Humane Society sleep. A sad reminder.
Last Friday night Murphy, When we got her in 1993 Bravery Medal for challeng- When we got Murphy I
our 16 1/2-year-old Jack (she was named after TV's ing a burglar. didn't expect to outlive her.
Russell terrier, died quietly Murphy Brown), we also got Our love for Murph did- But I did. I now better appre-
at home in her sleep while I Molly. When they reached n't blind us to questionable ciate my mother's observa-
was stroking her head. age three, we realized the traits -- like occasionally tions about love and grief.
She gave a deep sigh, then error of having two female nipping the ankles of work- It's small consolation at
stopped breathing. While it dogs. They got into a series men coming to the house to the moment, but Yvonne's
was expected, the emotional of life-and-death fights, so give an estimate for repairs. life and mine have been
effect of her death was ... is we gave the more placid (Invariably, a nipped work- made richer by sharing it
... devastating. Molly to my sister in man got the contract). with Murphy. For that, I am
Murphy lived the longest Montreal. With children, Murphy ever thankful.
in a series of six JRs we've Last year Molly came back was Mary Poppins -- gentle,
had in the family since the to us when my sister died. caring, tolerant, though she
early 1970s. When each one Mercifully all was forgiven scurried out of danger when
died, "grief" was a claw of between M & M -- both were two-year-olds got a bead on
sadness, even though each elderly, and emotionally her. She was undisciplined

Summer 2009
11 River St:
“Sparkling” – Globe & Mail, June 11, 2009

Gary - Operations Roman – Building and

Manager Property Manager

Shannon – Supervisor Surrinder – Supervisor Will - Supervisor

Laura - Senior Andy - Supervisor Jiha - Supervisor Shaswar - Supervisor


Bernard - Supervisor Liz - Senior Glenda - Senior Derrick - Supervisor

Administrator Administrator

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Shelter Improvements

Continual Shelter Improvements

Recently, we installed a new air chiller unit, as our
old one had to be replaced under new legislation.
On hot summer months its important to ensure
that the animals in our care are comfortable and
do not suffer from excessive heat.

Air Purifiers
Air purifiers have been installed. It is vitally important
that the air be circulated and cleaned to encourage
the recovery of pets under veterinary care.

Washer & Dryers

Electrolux generously donated 4 washers and dryers
to the Society. We are greatly appreciative of this
donation and are putting the items to good use in
the shelter to help clean beddings and blankets used
by the animals.

Summer 2009
EU seals fate of seal hunt


t's time to say To say that the seal hunt so controversial that when

I goodbye
to the
is an emotional topic is to
understate the issue.
Ontario Senator Mac Harb
tried to introduce a bill
Canadian government Those opposed to the hunt banning the hunt earlier
h a s va l i a n t l y t r i e d t o have made effective use of this year, he couldn't find
k e e p t h i s a n t i q u e hunt- graphic photos that show anyone willing to even
ing-and-gathering activi- defenceless baby seals second his motion.
ty a l i v e. But the being clubbed and spiked. Ottawa has already THOMAS WALKOM
European Union's From the other side, challenged the Belgian
decision yesterday to proponents of the hunt and Dutch seal bans doesn't rely on sailing
ban seal products from have portrayed it as a before the World Trade ships any more.
its 27 member nations unique Canadian cultur- Organization (the cases To use a modern exam-
represents the final al experience carried are still pending) and ple, the Canadian auto
nail in this industry's on by salt-of-earth has said it will do the industry is preparing for
p r ove r b i a l c o f f i n . Newfoundland fisher- same with yesterday's EU a radically different
The EU's only exemp- men who brave the icy decision. future in which it
tion is for so-called tradi- seas in order to engage in All of which is sure to employs at least 38,000
tional Inuit hunters, who an activity that has get our patriotic spleen fewer workers. The rea-
will be permitted to con- defined their communi- flowing. son? Things change.
tinue selling a small ties for generations. Yet to what end? So it is with sealing.
amount of sealskins and In the early years of Fashions come and go, as Canada's fishery depart-
blubber to member states. the controversy, most do industries. If the rest ment estimates that
The United States has Canadians were probably of the world, for whatev- between 5,000 and 6,000
banned seal products since onside with the seals. But er reason, doesn't want people "derive some
1972. Belgium and the latterly, proponents of to clothe itself in baby income from sealing."
Netherlands followed suit the hunt have been able sealskin, why insist that That income has already
in 2007. The International to recast it as an issue of it should? fallen because of the
Fund for Animal Welfare, patriotism – besieged Canadians used to global slump. The EU
which for years has been Canadians facing off make their way in the decision suggests that it
lobbying against the annu- against radical animal world trapping the beavers will never return.
al slaughter of baby seals, welfare advocates for the needed to make floppy felt It's time for sealers to
estimates that Canadian attention of uninformed hats. That ended about do something else.
sealers have now lost and ultimately hypocriti- 150 years ago when con- Instead of whining
access to seven of their 10 cal foreigners who see sumers opted for a differ- about how unfair the
top markets. nothing wrong with eat- ent kind of headgear. rest of the world is, the
Russia, up to now a ing baby cows yet blanch Similarly, Canada no federal government
major sealing nation, at the notion of clubbing longer exports the giant should help them make
announced earlier this a seal pup. white pines that the that transition.
year that it will ban the In official circles, criti- British navy once coveted At least the seals will
cull of seal pups entirely. cism of sealing is deemed for masts. The Royal Navy be happy.

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Little Lily
Lily was born in our shelter on April 16, 2009, weighing a mere 50 g.
he was one of three kittens born to
S Laurelai who had been literally thrown,
while pregnant, from a car at the front doors
of the Society.
Just after birth, it did not look like Lily
would survive. But she began to move and her
mother began to nurse and care for her.
By the following day, Lily was unable to con-
tinue nursing, so Sarah, one of our veterinary
assistants, took her home for 2-hour feedings.
Sarah did this for 3 days. A supervisor with
extensive kitten nursing experience, Jiha, joined
the care team and took Lily home many nights
to continue her feeding. Sarah and Jiha
became a relay-team. Lily was syringe-fed dur-
ing the day in one of the administrative offices
by Claudette, who were cared for her. She
slowly gained some weight but was not thriving
as she should.
Lily was under constant veterinary care and
supervision to determine the best course of
action. Our veterinarian examined and assisted
Lily on the afternoon of May 13th.
Unfortunately, the next morning, despite
every effort being made for Lily, who tried so
hard herself, she passed away peacefully under
Sarah’s loving care, at exactly 4 weeks of age.
Claudette, Sarah, Jhia and others who did
“Whatever it Takes” to try and save Lily, but
unfortunately, nature decided differently.
Lily is one example of the thousands of kit-
tens that come into the Toronto Humane Society
every year. These kittens often come in weak,
hungry, because they were abandoned some-
where to die. The Society does everything it can
to help each of these kittens have a chance at life.
It is heartbreaking when some do not survive
but we believe each animal should be given
every opportunity to live.

Summer 2009
Life Saving Service

Kitten Nursery 2009

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Life Saving Service

he Toronto Humane
T Society Kitten Nursery
is an important and life
saving service to thousands
of baby animals. In 2008
we had 2300 kittens were
cared for in the nursery and
2009 has been just as busy.
These poor defenseless
kittens come to us, some-
times as young as a day or
two old, and need our help
to survive. Without The
Toronto Humane Society to
take these kittens in, they
would not make it.
A dedicated group of
staff and volunteers work
tirelessly throughout the
Spring and Summer. They
ensure that these kittens
are cared for, fed and have
every chance to survive
and be adopted into new
forever homes.
Some kittens arrive
with their mothers and
can nurse from them, oth-
ers need to be cross-fos-
tered, or bottle feed every
few hours. There is an
enormous amount of
work that goes into the
care of every baby in our
Kitten Nursery.
Doing ‘Whatever it
Takes’ means we make
every effort to care for
these fragile kittens when
they have tragically been
abandoned to fend for
themselves and left to die
by heartless individuals.

Summer 2009
Happy Tail
We came down after seeing an adorable Cocker Spaniel on
your website. After speaking to two of your knowledgeable
and caring staff, we felt confident in adopting 13 year old
“Gabby”. I had visited her the night before and sought the
advice of a few friends that evening as I debated whether
or not to proceed. “Don’t do it” , they said repeatedly – it’s
not fair to our other aging cocker, you don’t know what
problems you might be taking on, etc. Instead of
dwelling on the negatives, all I could think about was
how this little dog responded to me when we had our
visit that evening. The next morning, we again
returned, this time with our dog Katie, (also a 13 year
old cocker) and had a second visit with Gabby. Our
normally clingy, anxious and fearful dog Katie,
walked up to an eager Gabby right away, sniffed her
nose and the two of them sealed the deal. While filling
out the paperwork, I was chatting with your inspec-
tor, Tre Smith, and happened to mention I forgot my
camera, but thought a picture of the event would
have been a good idea. He enthusiastically said “I’ve
got one!” and moments later he took this photo of us all, and emailed it to me within minutes.

When Gabby entered our home, she raced through every room, tail wagging furiously, then ran down
to our living room, jumped on my husband’s lap and fell peacefully asleep. There was no difficult
transition period, no inconvenience, absolutely no trouble at all adjusting to life with Gabby, in fact
quite the opposite. We didn’t think it was possible to love a dog the way we love our Katie, but Gabby
immediately climbed into our hearts and it’s like she has always been apart of our family. We are so
grateful for this adorable little creature and are loving her to bits! Katie? She’s happier, has more
energy, is more playful, and eating better too. You and your staff care for these lost souls all day
every day, and it must be very hard to see pets abandoned and waiting for their magic moment of
adoption. We are so grateful for the work you do, and couldn’t resist the opportunity to thank you. I
hope more people will think less of the negatives of adoption, and instead, hear our stories and be
inspired to step forward and open their homes to joy, love, and a new constant companion.

I can hardly wait until someday, someone comes up to me and says….what do you think about
adopting an older pet? My response will be “Do your research, understand the animal that
suits your lifestyle and then march on down to the Toronto Humane Society and bring home
your new friend ….NOW !


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Support the Animals

Create your own Fundraiser - Online

Get Involved & Show The Animals You Care
Hosting an event is a great way to do Whatever it Takes to support the animals cared for by The Toronto Humane Society.
Birthday parties, walk-a-thons, school events, neighbourhood BBQ – the limit is your imagination. No matter how large or small,
your event will make a big difference in the lives of the animals.
Register your event today at and try our easy-to-use online event manager. This
application allows you to invite your friends and family to donate and sponsor you, and you’ll be able to track how much you
raise for the animals.
Because we receive no government funding, the animals cared for by The Toronto Humane Society rely on your kind-
ness and support. Creating an online fundraiser is great way to get involved and let the animals know you care.

Summer 2009

Join Up as a Member
Special Request from the Board of Directors
Membership Protocol
When you finish reading this issue of Animaltalk, please help the animals
one more time by filling out the membership form attached here.
You may not be a member, even if you are a donor. (Under Society by-laws,
donors are not automatically members.) Even though you may have sent in finan-
cial support or even if you send in a cheque regularly, unless you have a member-
ship card you are not a member. (If you already have a membership card, please
ignore this request. You can be assured that your membership is in full force and

Why Be a Member?
The primary reason for signing up as a member is that the animals need you.
They need the strength of numbers when The Toronto Humane Society speaks
up for the animals. We have spoken up against the seal hunt, the killing of
monkeys by the federal government in their shadowy testing lab in Winnipeg,
the Calgary Stampede, the whipping and other abuse of tourist carriage horses,
and the puny veterinary budget and shameful killing of animals in Toronto
municipal pounds.

Duties and Responsibilities of Members

The duties and responsibilities of members are both simple and vital.
Members need to read Animaltalk and visit the website from time to time to
keep informed of Society affairs. They need to weigh what is being achieved
and be prepared to question the Board of Directors to keep it on its toes.
Once a year, members need to step forward to elect the Board of Directors,

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effect until the membership secretary writes to you to tell you it is time for its
Animaltalk is now on-line at For those who
keep in touch by reading Animaltalk on the website, you can alternatively sign up
to be a member there.
For information on membership, please feel free to call the membership secretary
at 416 392 2273, ext. 2117, at any time.

The other reason to become a member is to support other volunteers.

Many other charities can do their job with professional and paid staff
alone. But because there are so many animals needing care at the Society,
volunteers are part of the animals’ care network. We depend on foster par-
ents, dog walkers and kitten bottle feeders at the shelter every day of the
week. These good people need the strength of a broad community mem-
bership behind them.

appoint auditors and approve the financial statements at the Annual

General Meeting.
Your Board of Directors respectfully asks you to assume the duties and
responsibilities of membership. Please become part of a vibrant Society
electorate for the animals sake.


Summer 2009
Staff Profile
driano is one of our veterinary assistants work-
A ing at the Toronto Humane Society. He came
to work at the THS after graduation from veterinary
assistant school at Ashworth University.
Much of his day is dedicated to providing treat-
ments to animals under veterinary care here at the
shelter. It is important to make sure that every ani-
mal receives their proper medication and diet as rec-
ommended by the veterinarian who is supervises all
Adriano has formed a bond with many of the ani-
mals he helps to care for at the shelter. He knows
their personalities and their dispositions well.
Because of his training and experience with the ani-
mals and being on the front lines of daily animal
care, can recommend further veterinary diagnosis to
catch any issue as early as possible.
He is continually amazed by the special needs ani-
mals like Evey, Cordelia, Steele, Diana, and Julia and
many others who have overcome unimaginable adver-
sity. It is his personal mission to help the animals, no
matter how long they remain with the Society.

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A Country Life for Feral Cats
There are no sadder victims of human neglect than feral cats.
Avian acres at dawn

here are no sadder victims of human neglect than feral cats. They cluster in ‘colonies’ in alleyways, and abandoned
T buildings, often not surviving the cold winter months.

Many shelters simply do not know how to deal with them and euthanize any feral cats. The Manager of Toronto Animal
Serivces, Elita Purdy has said “the only reasonable option for feral cats that enter the shelters is euthanasia.” - June 28, 2009.

But, for feral cats that arrive at The Toronto Humane Society there is a different future; a country lifestyle in a carefully chosen
rural settings across Ontario.

Our progressive and innovative approach to helping feral cats is unique. We have a different policy that saves the animals’
lives and gives feral cats an opportunity to lead a full life that suits their temperament. Since the program began we have
released over 100 cats to live in feral cats and the property owners report the animals are living happy fulfilling lives.

Simply because these cats were either dumped by their owners to care for themselves or they were born in the wild and were
raised feral is no reason they should be killed. Healthy feral cats deserve every opportunity to live a full life.

Summer 2009
Feral Cats

Avian Acres: Ashlea King of Avian Acres ( has taken in two feral cats, Wink and Grimy, from the Toronto Humane Society. She
is very happy to have given them a chance. She would do it again and finds the experience to have been rewarding. For her and her clients and stu-
dents the cats are now just part of the stable family.

Owen Sound: Sue Stefaniuk has taken in three feral catsfrom The Toronto Humane Society for her farm. Sue runs a horse rescue for animals that oth-
ers no longer want. She also breeds and raises horses of her own. Sue is a true animal lover. She also has 4 house cats, 2 dogs and many other ani-
mals on her farm in addition to the feral cats. The ferals roam free on the farm and have been an excellent addition to her property.

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Feral Cats

Woodbine: John & Pauline Cardella are Toronto Humane Society supporters and care for three feral cats. They believe they have helped his stables remain
clean. He raises horses near Woodbine and to have feral cats is a win-win situation. As an animal lover he appreciates the opportunity to help these feral
cats find a new home.

Woodbridge: We placed two feral cats at this farm. They have wide open green spaces to explore as well as the barn for shelter in the rain and
cold. Truly an ideal environment for feral cats.

Summer 2009
Rescue Puppy Thrives

ella, a small Chihuahua mix, along with four
B other dogs came to the shelter after being res-
cued by Agents Tre Smith and Manuela Urlea. She
was found in the west-end living in a shack behind
a house. This shack had no ventilation, no light
and was filled with urine and feces. This was no
condition for any animal to have lived in. The
Agents seized Bella, her parents as well as two
Azores Cattle Dogs.
Bella was only a couple of weeks old and her moth-
er was not able to nurse well. We made the decision to
send Bella to foster care where she would have to be
hand fed and raised until ready for adoption.
Jiha, a Supervisor at the shelter, took on the task
of caring for Bella and over 6 weeks grew into a
healthy, loving and playful puppy.
Bella has now been adopted out to a new forever
home, where she is receiving the love and care that
she deserves. Her parents were spayed and neutered
and adopted out together to a home. As well the two
Azores Cattle Dogs both found loving new homes.
Helping dogs like Bella is a team effort at the
Society. From the Agents who rescued her, to those
who cared for her daily. It takes many hands to play
a role in raising and helping puppies like Bella find
a new home. The Toronto Humane Society is a place
where everyone pitches in to do ‘Whatever it Takes’
to ensure that every animal is cared for.

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Happy Tail
We are so grateful to you for letting us adopt our
Casey. She is such a sweet cat. We are slowly
earning her trust - she is still a little skittish -
but she knows that she's loved very much! Will
and Tai (her feline brothers) learned quickly
that Casey is in charge! They surprised us with
their patient and respectful approach to their Casey
new big sister. They would love to play with her,
and she has gradually tolerated their overtures.
She has accepted them - and us - as her Forever Family. We couldn't be happier!

Sincere thanks,
Scott, Rosalind, Christopher, Lauren, Casey, Tai and Will
(Casey - Adopted Feb. 09/08)

Wiggles Update

Wiggles is now in her newly constructed

outdoor pen where she can begin con-
tinue to rehabilitate her leg while getting
plenty of fresh air. Dr. Sheridan and the
team caring for her are pleased with her
rehabilitation progress.
Wiggles is delighted with her new
accommodation and we are hopeful to
move her to a permanent home in an
animal sanctuary soon.

Summer 2009
The Toronto Humane Society
Celebrates Our One Year Anniversary
at the Victoria Park Adoption Centre.
Since the Adoption Centre opened on April 15th, 2008
900 animals have found new forever homes.

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This Spring we took an this opportunity to thank the community, which has welcomed us so warmly,

as well as those who have given animals loving new homes. We would also like to thank MP and cat

owner Yasmin Ratansi (Don Valley East) for coming to the event and sharing her kind words of support for

ourorganization and the work we do helping animals. Also, many former adopters returned to update us

on how their new family members have enriched their lives and settled in to their new homes.

A Tale from a Happy Family:

What a great event! Thank you so much for

including Starla, Karl, and me. It was a
wonderful way to spend the morning. Congrats
on such a strong turnout. We really enjoyed
meeting Tim and the staff, and reconnecting
with Don. What a fabulous team - it was
touching that they all remembered Starla.
I think all the excitment tired her out.
Here's a pic of her enjoying her gift from
the Humane Society!

Thanks again!
Felicia (and Karl and Starla)

Summer 2009
Happy Tail
Dear Toronto Humane Society

Yesterday, we celebrated one full week with our

new dog, Ariel.

Ariel came to THS as a stray in the wee hours of

May 7, 2009. At 11 years old, with some serious
arthritis, hip dysplasia and a bladder infection,
things were not going Ariel's way. Ariel
Ariel's first bout of luck was that she came to THS, where your staff got to work
diagnosing her conditions and putting her on medication to solve the bladder infection and see what
else was wrong.

We first met Ariel at the THS Victoria Day Adoptathon. She was surrounded by very enthusiastic,
very young dogs who were all barking and jumping with delight at the many people there to see them.

All that week, we couldn't get our minds off of Ariel. We came back the next week with the intention
of bringing Ariel home. That day, we learned about Ariel's conditions. Your staff took the time to care-
fully, honestly go over her file with us, and we'll admit, that the medications and prognoses scared us
and we went home to think. Maybe we were not the best home for this dog.

On Friday, June 12, 2009, Ariel came home with us. She was stiff, to be sure, but wore the enthusi-
asm of a puppy!

The next day, she sprawled out in our grassy backyard and slept for nearly 5 hours. It looked like the
first good sleep she'd had in some time.

Today, only one week later, Ariel is a different dog! She can walk with us off-leash. She comes to us
when we call. She plays with all the other dogs in our park - even the feisty puppies don't slow her
down. It overwhelms us with joy when she goes bounding around, running at full speed with a big
smile on her face.

She makes us smile every day, too, and we have no question that she's having the time of her life!

Elena and Paul

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Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training
ngoing training for new volunteers is an impor- ways to handle animals as well as answer any questions
O tant part of our volunteer program here at The
Toronto Humane Society. Everyday we have people
they may have about the process.
Every volunteer is given a training booklet that educates
come in looking for information on how they can vol- them and they can refer back to it if they need advice.
unteer at the shelter and help the animals. These booklets contain excellent information such as;
Recently, Will Robinson, a Supervisor here at the Society how to identify shy or fearful dogs, removing a dog from
and a Certified Dog Trainer facilitated the training session their cage safely, dealing with dominant dogs and general
for about twenty new dog walkers. These sessions are an tips for handling all canines.
opportunity to let new volunteers know about the best

Will's Volunteer Training Session

Romeo Bernardino, Certified Dog Trainer by the Ontario Government, Providing Hands-on Training

Summer 2009
Gifts of Love

In Honour of...
Tribute gifts are a thoughtful and meaningful way of expressing your good wishes or
commemorating an occasion. With a minimum donation of $80.00, The Toronto Humane Society
will print the name of the friend or family member you choose to honour. This is a great way
to acknowledge a loved one and help the many animals in our care.

Michael Brown Elizabeth Pappas

Paige Carley Moore

Barbara Ann Cowie Antonia Zerbisias

Rob Sargalis Rory Kimel

Lucille Weber Stewart J Popard

Steven Levy Dr. Elaine Stamina

Michelle Ferriera Kimme

John & Ruth Gray Kane

Sophie Amber

Mr. & Mrs. Serino Pelligrini Hyonson & Marcus

Mr. Jacob Dare Lea Sti-Leh

John & Ruth Gray Ms M Wente

Steven Levy Sammy & Ponette

Esther Litz & Marvin Blackstien Judit Zubovits & Mike Rae

Shannon & Mike Nadia Stewartson

Call 416.392.2273 ext. 2162 / 2166

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Gifts of Love

In Memory of...
With a minimum gift of $80.00, The Toronto Humane Society will print the name of the one to whom you
wish to pay tribute. This is a great way to acknowledge a loved one’s memory and help the animals.

Elizabeth Betteridge Helen Bailey David Bond Mr. Lorraine White

Silvija Lukes Jessie Arden Lynn Boehm Clancy
Tyson Arnold Robert Campbell and in Taylor Franklin Flurry
memory of Pets Lady & Rusty Empey Melanson
Thelma Eileen Thompson Symba
Deedee & Buster Mr. Harold "Harry" Paige
Gordon Smith Scruffy
Edith Andrews Mrs. Helen Accette
Philip Lyndon Wilson Dinkum
Angus Jean Paul
Sheri Bowers Bell
Joe Bialek Jeffery Rossi
Henny Scherer Cleo
Gordon Neilson Bo
Sylvia Robins Shadow
Scottie & Hoover David Bernard Makarowski
Sue Colville Cookie
Wilma Annie Pattison (Pat) Sheri Bowers
Sheri Lee Bowers
Mulligan Tony
David Wallace Bond
Joanne Herdman Blue, Shasa, Tsotsi & Zia
Flora Kurcigs
Helen & Luba Guzylak
Roberta Reddin Chucky "the Pug"
Marion Gattafoni
Elvi Johnson
Jean Paul Kisha
Suzie Pereira
Audrey Wilson
Donald Young Molly & Chauncey
Kathleen Stanners
Bear McNair Snoopy, Sparky & Smokey
Mary Josephine Rowe
Kari Tapio Suomela
Andrew McDonald Blacky
Romeo Wade
Joan Pohlman
Gladys Corbett Clancy
Gregg Mason
Archie, Helen & Ron and Raggsy
Sheri Bowers
George & Eunice Herrell In memory of pets three
German Shepherds Henry Scherer Joycee
Bodger (Bobby)
Rob Margaret Jane Sharp Brady
Marjorie Moran Donald Gordon Young Taz
Mrs. Arden Lynn Boehm Don Young Pumpkin
Joanne Jacqueline Rose
Herdman Mrs. Luise Reichstaedter Lawrence Swim Cleo

Joyce Zielinski Oliver Henni Scherer Pepper & Missy

Call 416.392.2273 ext. 2162 / 2166

Summer 2009
Happy Tail
This June marks the one year anniversary of the
adoption of our beloved “red dog” Stryker. I can’t
imagine life without him. He is a big, beautiful,
bouncing boy full of energy and with a zest for life
that is always inspiring.

When we arrive at the Toronto Humane Society the

atmosphere was hectic. There is lots of barking
going on and it is sad to see so many older dogs, par-
ticularly pit bulls and pit bull mixes needing homes.
In the last few years this breed has received lots of
bad press and I can understand someone’s reluctance to own one. The irony is that “pits” make wonderful com-
panions. They are smart, loyal and very affectionate but they do need consistent rules and lots of exercise.

We narrow it down to three possibles and approach one of the adoption workers with our completed
application. Can she suggest a good candidate for us? She scans the files and pulls out a couple of fold-
ers. What about “Filmore” she says?

Filmore was found by shelter staff tied up outside the River St. location one cold snowy day the previous
November. He was four or five months old. He’s been at the shelter ever since. Filmore turns out to be a
reddish brown cutie whom I can already see has a personality. He is alert and excited when he sees us. My
partner says “ I like him” right there on the spot. But what about Oreo, our current dog? It turns out that
we need to bring Oreo for a “meet and greet” with Filmore to make sure they’ll get along.

Oreo and Filmore sniff each other. Oreo is curious but thankfully shows no signs of aggression. Filmore
is a little skittish and stays quite close to me. We’re ready to adopt Filmore. The adoption worker is
pleased with the “meet and greet” and all systems are go! We sign the paperwork and make Filmore one
of our family.

Within a week of arriving home, Filmore has become Stryker; Sgt. Stryker to be exact. Stryker is big,
blustery and in your face. He is first to the water bowl, first to the door for walks and first in line for a
cookie. He has a strong, loud voice and a rough and ready manner but he melts your heart when he
looks at you with his big brown eyes.

I recommend adoption for anyone considering adding a pet to the family. The adoption process at the
Toronto Humane Society was a positive experience and I came away with a new found respect for the
work that the Society does. We have joined the “Save the Animals Team” as monthly supporters and I
would urge everyone who cares about the welfare of animals to do the same.


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A Huge Success

Summer 2009
Meet & Greet

Meet & Greet

Meet & Greets are mandatory at The Toronto Humane Society when a
household already has a pet. But in 122 years, The Toronto Humane
Society has never seen an Iguana Meet & Greet. Fortunately, it went well.
Georgina is pictured with her two new iguana pals who are now enjoying
some bonding time together. We are so thrilled to see Georgina adopted, and
to such a experienced family; we couldn't have asked for a happier ending!

Iguan Meet & Greet with shelter Supervisor Jiha

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Happy Tail
This is Coco (formerly known as "Okie").
My husband and I adopted her on April 13,
2002. At the time of adoption, we knew
very little about her: she was a female DSH
between one and three years old who had
recently come to the THS from a pound. The
THS staff had described her on her "card" as
"a timid, sweet girl that purrs a lot". My hus-
band to this day takes credit for "seeing her
first". I just remember seeing her sweet little
face and knowing she was meant to come
home with us. She was curled up on a towel
in her cage and when I looked in she gave a
little meow that sounded more like a chirp. An hour later, we were on our way home with a pur-
ple carrying case, supplies, food and lots o' treats that we had purchased at the pet store
attached to the THS.

We cannot imagine why anyone would have given up this little angel. Coco is the sweetest, most
loving, girl. She loves to talk (and she often has a lot to say). Coco's favourite things to do include
sunning herself, helping us work by walking on the computer keyboard or sleeping on our
papers, "kneading", cuddling with us on the couch watching TV or sleeping on "her pillow" beside
my head in bed.

In the mornings, Coco likes getting "pets" from her Dad and she runs back and forth along the bed
to get his attention. If the "pets" are stopped prematurely, she swings her paw out (no nails) to
let you know she wants more. She follows us around much of the time when we are home and she
loves to cuddle. Even though she is only 5 1/2 pounds, her purrs are as loud as a cat fives times
her size!

Coco is also affectionately referred to as CTK (Coco The Kitty), Cokes, C-Bear, and Pooooosa.

Coco gives us so much joy and love. We cannot imagine life without her. As I type this, she is
curled up beside me on the couch and I'm sure our neighbours can hear her purr!! Thank you
THS for caring for the animals until they find their forever homes. We hope this "Happy Tail"
inspires others to consider giving a cat a forever home. Coco, we love you.

Sarah and Billy

Summer 2009


.. safety for the frightened and abandoned

. medical care for those injured and in pain

loving new homes

For information:
416.392.2273 ext. 2194

11 River Street, Toronto, ON, M5A 4C2

The Toronto Humane Society TM is a not for profit charitable organization that receives
no government funding. Charitable Registration #11925 9513 RR0001

Thank you for your support!

Friends of the Animals

Thanks to the Kids!

The Toronto Humane Society receives donations from a wide variety of people, but it means a lot when kids
come in with their allowance money or money they received for their birthday or from a lemonade stand, and
give to the animals.

We want to give a special thanks to all those kids who care so much that they are willing to give to help their
animal friends.

Summer 2009