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In this edition of The Paw Print...

Be sure to look for EHS at Woofstock on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29 between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m both days. This event will be held at Woodbine Park once again.  We will be showing our new line of apparel and showcasing the artwork of Soudabeh Majidi who creates amazing pet portraits on canvas handbags and t-shirts.  Come by and get a caricature of you and your pet. Enter a draw to win great prizes. We look forward to seeing all the pups!
 
Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 25th Leashes in the Park & Pet Fest -  A spectacular dog walk and festival for all animal lovers!  Great for the whole family (with or without dogs).  http://etobicokehumanesociety.com/leashes-in-the-park-walk-a-thon-and-pet-fest-2016/
Contact: leashes@etobicokehumanesociety.com for more information
 
 
 
Saturday, July 23rd   EHS Open House & Family Fun Day -  Come visit us at the shelter, 67 Six Points Rd. This is a chance for the community to come and tour our facility, meet our volunteers, talk to the experts and view the amazing animals we have up for adoption.  There will be more details in the next edition of the PawPrint. 

 
 
We are looking for an amazing forever home for a very special dog and his name is Sky.
 
Sky is about 1.5-2 years old and is a lovely mixed breed dog that has not had a good start at life. Sky was kept in a dirty, cramped cage for most of his life until a kind lady noticed him and was able to rescue him from his owners. This woman saw how sweet and friendly he was and thought he deserved a better life and so did we at EHS.
 
Sky is visually impaired, possibly due to neglect. The good news is that after seeing an eye specialist, we have realized that Sky functions very well and can see most things. He is now learning to be a dog - he loves going on walks, playing and snuggling.


 
Photo of Sky taken by B&N photography
He will need an active home that will give him the exercise he needs and teach him how to live in a home. Sky will need someone who has experience in training dogs and can offer him consistency in his training on a daily basis and create a daily routine for him. Sky would be best in a home with no other animals or children. Please visit our website for more information about Sky and our EHS Adoption process. Sky can be seen at our shelter during dog visiting hours. If you have any questions, please contact his adoption coordinator at ldz.ehs@gmail.com
 

In April we revamped our Online Adoption Application form to make it easier to complete, based on the feedback we have received.
 
We ensure every dog’s medical needs is addressed and the donations we receive help us to do that. Foxy was our dog of the month as she arrived with an ongoing respiratory infection, very malnourished, suffered from anemia, was spayed and had all of her teeth removed.
 
April was another busy month with 11 dogs coming to EHS. Our adoption coordinators were busy doing home visits and 12 dogs were adopted. We wish Cria, Cherish, Lambi, Barrie, Buckley, Foxy, Kai, Molson, Bonnie, Betsy, Jerri and Hei Ji all the best in their forever homes.
 
We love to hear from our adopters on how our EHS alumni are doing and receive pictures. Please keep the updates coming as each dog is very special to us and we love hearing how they are doing.

 
We are heading into Heartworm season.  Be sure to make an appointment with your veterinarian this month to have your dog tested for heartworm as heartworm medication is given usually starting in June. Many veterinarians will also include testing for tick related diseases (Lyme, Ehrlichia, Anaplasmosis) at the same time as the heartworm test. At EHS, we ensure that all our incoming dogs have been tested for heartworm and tick related diseases and receive heartworm medication during heartworm season.
 
It’s May, and we’ve had a busy month on the cat side. After a typically slow start in the first quarter, 21 of our cats found their forever homes in April, including a record six on April 23rd alone. Thanks to the hard work of our volunteers, and surrender and adoption team, we are well on track to exceeding last year’s cat adoptions and intakes, and have brought in 73 cats already this year.
 
Some highlights from the adoptions and intakes so far include:
 
  • A “triple adoption” of the Flintstone family: Wilma (mom), Pebbles (daughter), and Betty (likely aunt). These sweet and fun loving girls all came from the same home, and while we were intending to adopt out Wilma and Pebbles together as a bonded pair, the right family came along, and fell in love with all three of them
 
  • The adoptions of six very special FIV cats (Sheena, Dexter, William, Morris, and this month, Bentley and Maine), who have each found a family that saw beyond their FIV status to recognize and love their unique and affectionate personalities
 
  • The extraordinary adoption of our first FeLV cat (Trout) together with his best friend Jackson by their foster mom [for more information on their story, see the 1st edition of the Paw Print). Special thanks again to Brad White, Christina D’Urzo, and the Embley Park Foundation for providing the emergency $3,000 donation needed for Jackson’s surgery last fall so that he would not lose his leg.  In appreciation of this generosity, and the foundation’s previous (and subsequent) contributions to EHS, we have renamed one of the front cat rooms the “Embley Park Foundation Wellness Room”
 
  • We continue to work with Hamilton Animal Services to rescue skittish cats at most risk of euthanasia for “temperament”. These are young, healthy, cats that other rescues overlook because they are not as friendly or outgoing as other cats, and understandably scared of their environment. Since Hamilton Animal Services does not have an adoption program, any cats that are not saved by an approved rescue will be put down. This year, HAS cats we rescued that fall within this category included Andrew, Elizabeth, Mary (who were all socialized by our wonderful volunteers and adopted by EHS within six weeks), and more recently, Amanda and Deliliah who arrived on May 1 and have equal adoptability potential
 
To increase our capacity while maintaining the space and level of care that our cats are accustomed to, we have reconfigured the back cat area and added additional kennels, and created a “quarantine” space in between the front and back cat areas, which we can use if needed. We have also expanded our foster program by appointing a foster program coordinator, and creating an easy online foster form on our website at http://etobicokehumanesociety.com/foster/. We are always looking for foster parents to take in kittens, special needs, or “permanent” foster cats (see spotlight on CoCo and Precious), so please apply if you are interested. EHS covers all food, vet bills, and supplies for our foster cats. Special thanks to our current foster families, who have stepped in to help out on short notice when the need arose. We are very grateful for their support!
 
 
We are looking for a permanent foster home for CoCo and Precious.
 
These girls arrived at EHS almost four years ago, on September 29, 2012. They were only eight-years-old back then, and had been surrendered to their vet to be euthanized. EHS stepped in and saved them.
 
Since then, these girls have been in our care. Despite being passed over countless times due to their age, medical condition, and the fact that they're bonded, CoCo and Precious have never wavered in their genuine love and appreciation for all of the volunteers and visitors of the shelter. They are always happy to provide company and receive attention, and often CoCo starts purring happily as soon as she's touched. They don't ask for much.
 
Sadly, CoCo and Precious continue to watch the other cats come and go, dreaming of the day it will be their turn. These girls have now spent a third of their lives at the shelter, and although they seem content, we feel they deserve better. We have also noticed that Precious is becoming increasingly susceptible to getting sick at the shelter, in part because of her age, and in part because of her medication which impacts her immune system. In a home, they would be less exposed.
 
So we are looking for a permanent foster home for these girls, to provide them with a safe, loving home until (if ever) they get adopted. EHS would cover all vet expenses, food, litter, supplies, and would provide ongoing support and communication with respect to their care.
 
An ideal foster meets the following requirements:
 
  •  a quiet home, with no small children
  •  someone who is home most of the day and can  accommodate Precious' multiple  feedings
  • willing to keep them on an indefinite basis until they are adopted (if ever)
  • drives and can take them to vet appointments at Westway Animal Clinic
  • comfortable with administering medication as Precious is on daily prednisone and once a week leukeran pills (anti-inflammatory)
If you are interested in potentially fostering these girls, please contact cats@etobicokehumanesociety.com or fill out our easy online foster form at http://etobicokehumanesociety.com/foster/
 
Anyone who has spent two minutes at EHS knows that they are experiencing a different kind of shelter.  Our cats are not kept in small cages - rather they lounge in two front rooms or they spend individual one-on-one time with the volunteers in the back, which is called Cat Alley. There is enough room for a volunteer to sit with each cat so to have meaningful conversations and the cats can chill on top of shelves built for them and look out the window.
 
The dog side at the Etobicoke Humane Society is just as unique. The dogs are individually assessed and a training protocol is developed depending on the dog's needs. The dogs also get to lounge in an adoption room that was recently completed. This room looks like a typical living room and gives the dog a glimpse of what it will be like when they get to their new homes.  
 
As much as we try to make the EHS a great place for both cats and dogs while they wait to get adopted, we have a great need for foster homes for both cats and dogs.  
 
On the cat side, we currently require foster homes, especially for kittens and nursing / pregnant mothers.  The commitment is anywhere from two to four months on average.  We also have a special bonded pair of sisters - Coco and Precious - who are looking for a long term foster, along with a five-week-old kitten with special circumstances.  
 
On the dog side, we need foster homes on both a short-term and long-term basis.  The fosters need to have experience with dogs and are willing to continue with the training that has been customized for them.  
 
If you think that you would be able to give a cat or dog a temporary home, please contact:
   For cats:  cats@etobicokehumanesociety.com
   For dogs:  ldz.ehs@gmail.com

 

 
Interested in becoming involved at EHS?  Want to make an even greater difference in animals’ lives?  Then consider becoming a member of the Etobicoke Humane Society.  As a member, you are entitled to vote at the Annual General Meeting and participate in members’ meetings to help shape the direction of the organization on matters related to animal welfare.  Membership fee is eligible for a tax receipt.


 
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