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 SocietyDurham Humane SocietyToronto 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.

It is a community collaborative effort lead by the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services and is proudly sponsored by PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart®.

“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.

Rescue Dog Chase looks at camera


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.

Boys pose with adopted rescue dog, George











Thinking About Adopting?

Adding a new family member to your home is a big decision and proper research is critical. Take our fun Breed Quiz to see your best match and learn about specific breeds in our Breed Library.

Check out your local rescue or pet shelter for dogs in need of forever homes.

Adopt A Dog, Save A Life! Blanco:

Blanco the rescue dog







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:

What’s Next For THS

Great Canadian Giving Challenge!

Every $1 donated to our page at enters us in to a prize draw to win a $10,000 donation, provided by the generous folks over at The GIV3 Foundation.

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!

 Paws in the Park Walk-a-Thon and Fundraiser!  

Paws in the Park banner

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!

Check out some of our friends on the Thursday Bits and Bytes Hop:

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  • What a great job they did promoting this event and finding homes for so many animals. In the states today is Just One Day. Throughout the year JOD works at getting information out to shelters and rescues about how to better showcase their animals to make them more appealing for adoption. All over the states there are empty cages today because of this project. Their goal is to move the states to a no kill nation.

    thanks for sharing the wonderful news about your adoption event on the blog hop.

  • Amazing event! We definitely agree that rescues and rescue dogs rock!

  • Wow excellent news on the adoptions! What a successful event. Thanks for sharing o the hop.

  • Hi Y’all!

    What a wonderful success, especially for all the animals now in their forever homes!

    Y’all come on by,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

    P.S. We’re now at

  • I love seeing happy tales of dogs finding furrever homes! It’s especially heartwarming when they have special needs 🙂 Thanks for sharing!