Toronto Mega Pet Adoption Success:
Over 600 Animals In Forever Homes
We are very happy to announce this past weekend, more than 600 animals found their forever homes.
Thanks to PetSmart Charities of Canada and the Toronto Humane Society, Durham Humane Society, Toronto Cat Rescue, Toronto Animal Services, Toronto Cat Rescue, Welland Humane Society, The Humane Society of Durham Region, Lincoln County Humane Society, Fort Erie SPCAand the Annex Cat Rescue.
The second annual three-day Toronto Mega Pet Adoption Event was such a success, they had to close a day early!
About The Adoption Event
In 2014, PetSmart Charities of Canada and Toronto’s animal welfare community decided to take a stand against pet homelessness and launched the large-scale 3-day adoption event. 585 homeless pets found forever homes across the Greater Toronto Area. Check out the video re-cap of all the excitement below.
“Sadly over 15,000 pets enter shelters in the Greater Toronto Area each year.” -PetSmart Charities
The mass adoption marks a breakthrough in the way shelter pets are traditionally viewed.
In 2015, hopeful pet owners once again flocked to the shelter to adopt a pet at a reduced fee. They paid a one-time-only adoption fee of $25 — considerably cheaper than the average price of $200 for a dog or $100 for a kitten. All adoptable pets were spayed/neutered and fully vaccinated.
This year’s event was so successful that all the dogs were adopted by the end of the first day. The remaining animals were adopted by Saturday, which meant the event was closed Sunday.
In an interview with the Toronto Star, Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director of the THS shared her joy for many of the shelter’s pets who have been waiting to find a loving home.
“We did have some animals in the shelter that had been there a long time without finding a perfect match. It really tugs at your heart. But it was great to see that they finally found someone to care for them.”
Adopt, Don’t Shop as your first option #RescuesRock
Through our TV series and blog we work with organizations like THS to dispel the myth that rescued dogs have issues that can’t be solved with love and patience. By promoting adoption and responsible pet parenting, we hope to help lower the number of dogs in shelters.
Happy Tails – Adoptions From The Event
Check out these two wonderful stories from the event posted on The Toronto Humane Society’s Facebook Page
Chase was adopted on Friday afternoon after being with the shelter since January 2015.
Chase has both medical and behavioral issues that had made it particularly hard to find him a new forever home. He has exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, which means he has trouble digesting his food and processing the nutrients from it.
His ongoing medical care could cost his new owners thousands of dollars annually, but they fell in love at first sight and were willing to go the extra mile for this handsome young lad.
Two-year-old George was transferred to THS from another Ontario shelter just a few weeks before the event. Luckily this friendly, sociable dog didn’t have to wait long to be given a second leash on life!
Check out his new brothers, Zac and Matthew.
Thinking About Adopting?
Check out your local rescue or pet shelter for dogs in need of forever homes.
Adopt A Dog, Save A Life! Blanco:
8-year-old Blanco is a sweet Pomeranian mix who just wants a loving home to enjoy his golden years. Blanco can be a little shy, but once comfortable his friendly and affectionate side shines through!
If you are interested in Blanco and would like more info or to arrange a meet and greet at the shelter with this beautiful boy email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
What’s Next For THS
Great Canadian Giving Challenge!
So if you’re considering making a donation to help the animals in THS care this June, please do so to the link above and make your donation go even further!
Support the Toronto Humane Society and join them for their largest annual fundraiser Paws in the Park Walk-a-Thon and Fundraiser! This fantastic walk-a-thon provides a significant portion of their annual operating expenses to help keep their doors open for the next animal in desperate need of assistance. We’ll be there and so will lots of our talented friends like Hero The Super Collie, Linzy, Sweetie and Shivers.
Taking place at Woodbine Park August 23rd 9am-2pm, rain or shine! Attendees can expect a fantastic silent auction, tasty food, primping for your pup on-site, interactive dog performances, a world class magician and much more!
Sign up as a participant today to win great prizes including roundtrip airfare for two or a Cuba cruise and to help save countless animal lives, RSVP to the event HERE
Not in the area? No problem, even if you cannot physically take part in the walk, you can still sponsor the event or a participant to show how much you care!
For more dog-friendly and adoption events check out our monthly Events Calendar.
Rescues Rock with THS Video
Last December, we worked with the Toronto Humane Society for our holiday Rescues Rock PSA campaign that was filmed in part at the THS and featured adoptable dogs. Check out this adorable music video supporting rescue dogs!
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