In this edition of The Paw Print...
Fur Ball
February 4th, 2017 Rescue Foodie hosted the second annual Fur Ball in support of the Etobicoke Humane Society and Rescue Foodie. Held at the Renaissance by the Creek, this spectacular night was filled with great food, fantastic music and a chance to mingle and meet new people with a shared love of animals. The Fur Ball was a very successful event and it helped raise much-needed funds for the animals at EHS and it helps fund Rescue Foodie with transportation costs in order to supply donated cat and dog food to rescues, shelters and fosters throughout Ontario.


Community Fundraising Events

The Etobicoke Humane Society received an astonishing amount of support from the Community in the month of February. St. James Gate hosted a Super Bowls Squares fundraiser on February 4th. On February 14th GreenSaver, West Glenn Junior School and Eden Park Vehicle Financing all hosted Valentine fundraisers. February 25th Flipp Corporation hosted a Doggie Pawlentine fundraiser at Doggie Central. And our friends at Kipling Animal Hospital and Doggie Central sold cupcakes to raise funds for EHS at the end of February. We are all very grateful to everyone for your generous support of the Etobicoke Humane Society.
GreenSaver Bake Sale Donation

Flipp Corporation Pawlentine Fundraiser at Doggie Central

Kipling Animal Hospital Cupcake Sale

Doggie Happy Tails

Cory's Happy Tail

Cory, our handsome three year-old Malamute Husky mix pup was adopted in February 2017. This friendly and affectionate polar bear loves to be close to people and thinks he’s a lap dog.  He enjoys spending lots of time outside and playing with his stuffy toys.  


Maya’s Happy Tail
Our old friend Maya who was adopted from our shelter back in August 2016 is considered a senior dog due to her age but, to her, age is just a number. She loves playing in the pool and chasing tennis balls in her new home. It looks like she has all the toys needed to keep her young at heart!


Blue’s Happy Tail
Blue was adopted in February 2017 and has adjusted well in his new home with his new family and his new doggie sister River. The two of them are inseparable. He gets excited when the leashes come out and loves socializing with other dogs in the park. His family is happy to have him in their life. 

Dogs Up For Adoption

Sabre Up For Adoption (  


Sheldon Up For Adoption (


Brandy Up For Adoption (

Special Message from Regal:

I arrived at EHS on October 3rd  with my best buddy and love of my life, Royal.  We are healthy two-year-old  Formosan Mountain dogs from Taiwan. I am very sweet, playful and friendly with dogs of all sizes. The volunteers tell me I am smart, learning quickly and adjusting well.  Royal is a giant teddy bear who takes good care of me. However, he is shy and misunderstood - when he is fearful he scares people with his deep bark.  We both have become more trusting of people since coming to Canada, especially with the volunteers who work with us every day teaching us new things. We would like a home together. We have lots of love to give and are patiently waiting to go to our forever home.  


Left to Right: Royal and Regal who are currently adoption Pending

A Dog Has No Use For Fancy Cars

A dog has no use for fancy cars,
 big homes, or designer clothes.
A water log stick will do just fine.
A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor,
clever, or dull, smart or dumb.
Give him your heart and he’ll give you his.
How many people can you say that about?
How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special?
How many people can make you feel extraordinary?
Marley & Me
To view all adoptable dogs visit:

Scaredy Cats 


When you work or volunteer in a shelter, it doesn’t take long before you come across a scared or anxious cat. Working with scared cats is my passion, and I want others to see the beauty in working with and getting to know these misunderstood felines.

Most often, scared cats tend to be on the feral spectrum. I write spectrum because I do not believe in stigmatizing all cats with the label feral, or in feral being defined in the same way for all cats: some are more feral than others, some have been living on the streets longer, and have been without human interaction longer than others. As with people, a cat’s experience will mold its personality, and that means a cat can move out of fear and into safety if we learn to be patient and provide it with positive experiences.
Thelma and Louise were found in a colony of about 17 cats. When a concerned group of people got together to trap and save these cats, the last two cats rescued were Thelma and Louise. These cats were so beautiful that there were numerous inquiries about adopting them. However, both girls were very nervous and scared, and those who came in to meet them soon lost interest. You could only pet Thelma with a wand. Her defense mechanism: a nasty hiss to scare everyone away. But that was all. Thelma would never try to bite or scratch anyone and Louise felt at ease when she was lost in the art of the chase for toys.
It was the people who sat with them quietly each day, and played with the toy wands, that Thelma and Louise began to trust. And the trust of a scared cat does not come easily.
No one saw the potential in these girls, until one volunteer fell in love with them. One year later, Melissa will happily share videos and photos of Louise rubbing up against her. Thelma is still learning, but she now approaches Melissa for scratches behind the ear. 

Louise. Photo courtesy of Melissa Taveres 
The methods Melissa has used to create a relationship with Thelma and Louise are important, but before any of that can happen, we must see the potential for these cats to open up and trust. When we are able to accomplish that, the rest of the magic follows. The transition happens in small steps. Melissa adopted Thelma and Louise in February of 2016, and by late November was finally able to pet Louise with her hand.
 Scared cats often hide under beds or cabinets, or stay snuggled up in a cat tree or enclosed cat bed. These are places of safety. However, if they are not encouraged to come out, they are unlikely to do so on their own. To reinforce that open spaces are not to be feared, but enjoyed, one can block off areas where the cat may want to hide, including under beds, dressers and cabinets. One can simply stuff towels or rags under these areas that have become the cat’s ‘safe space’, or for larger spaces like under beds, one can easily just close the door to that room or area while the cat is adjusting. This will gently force the cat to use the more open areas, acclimating them to the space.  You do not want to leave the cat without any safe space, so you can set one up with a cat tree that doesn’t have cubbies, or is still fairly open, or with a cat bed and some toys in a corner or dedicated room.  Cat tunnels are a fun way for cats to play in open areas, and also have access to privacy.
Like a dog requires consistent training, scared cats require consistent reinforcement that human contact is okay. Sitting quietly with them for 30 minutes a day, without touching them, and slowly moving closer to them each day, letting them sniff your hand, is a great way to earn their trust.
Reading a cat’s body language helps create a safe space for you and the cat. They can trust that you will leave them alone when they ask you to, and you will be able to avoid being bitten or scratched. Do not push them when they aren’t ready. Watch out for the following signs that the cat wants some space: ears flat, body curled in a ball flat to the ground, tail swishing fast, wide eyes, growling.

So should you find yourself in a shelter looking the right feline companion, and you see a shy cat, a quiet cat, or an anxious cat, don’t walk by; rather, acknowledge them, get to know them, and look for their potential: you might just find a hidden gem.

Harry Up For Adoption (

Titan Up For Adoption (

Our Current Loveable Scaredy-Cat
Rightie is a sweet boy, brought into the shelter by one of our very own volunteers, whose passion lies in TNR (Trap Neuter Release) work. Righty entered the EHS as a boy who shook the moment you pet him. When he was first brought to the vet, he bit and scratched at anyone who got near him. Now, after a month, you can pet him without him shaking, and you can gently rub his face, paws and belly. He can go to the vet without incident, although he is still scared. You still cannot pick him up, but he’s taking it one step at a time. Ask any volunteer and they will tell you just how joyful it is to see a scared cat transform into a confident cat. Many scared cats enjoy feline companionship, and recently Rightie has found such companionship in his shelter buddy Oliver. 

Rightie Up For Adoption (

By Erin Lockhart, Cat Care and Medical Manager
To view all adoptable cats visit:
Is Fostering For You?

Annabelle Up For Adoption (

Fostering is a great way to help animals find their “forever homes” and in return be proud that you had something to do with that goal.

Being a foster parent can be a challenging job at times. Foster animals may come to us for several reasons and may carry several health or mental injuries or they may be long loved pets that owners can no longer look after. The flip side to this challenge for foster parents is that it is truly rewarding to nurture our fosters back to health and eventually get them their “forever home”.

To be a successful foster parent you must have patience, compassion and the cooperation of your family and your own family pets. Knowledge of animal behaviour and animal health treatment is useful, but your patience, love and care are the most important attributes. The length of time a foster pet may stay in your home varies with the animal’s situation. For example, if you foster a mother cat with kittens be prepared to have them in your home for time to raise the kittens to a healthy adoption stage.

As a foster parent, be prepared to handle another animal in your house, and be sure to have the room and space for your foster to recover and get prepared to return to the shelter for adoption. For this reason, it is most important that you as a foster are willing to take the time to address the animals needs both physically and mentally. As a foster parent, be prepared to administer and monitor your fosters medication and vet visits.

While foster parents do get emotionally attached to their fosters, they also understand when it is time to let them go. The amount of gratification and pride a foster gets in return, far out weighs the work involved. Experienced foster parents often stay in touch with the shelters when their animals are up for adoption, and happy to know when their fostered animal is adopted.

As a foster you also must understand that there is a possibility that the foster pet may or may not be adopted immediately when returned to the animal care center, but know that they are being well looked after and socialized.

People often ask me, “Don’t you fall in love with them and isn’t it hard to give them back?”

I respond, “Yes I do love them, but my job is done, and I’m proud to give them up.”

If you are interested in fostering a Cat, please apply using our Cat Foster Form

If you are interested in fostering a Dog, please apply using our Dog Foster Form or email us at:

By Cathy Frederickson

Have You Heard Of ResQwalk? 

ResQwalk is a free app available for iOs and Android which enables users to raise money for their favourite animal charity while running/walking/jogging/biking/skating!

  How it works:
  •  Download the free app for your phone
  •  Select "Etobicoke Humane Society" as the ResQPartner
  •  Press start whenever you perform a distance-related activity (i.e. walking, running,  jogging, skating, biking). As long as your speed is below 22 kms/hour and GPS is  enabled, the app will count the distance.
  •  ResQWalk divides up a pool of money received from corporate sponsors and  distributes it to animal rescues based on the number of kms logged by  their supporters
  •  The more kms we rack up for EHS, the more money is raised!
Note: The app uses GPS/location services to track distance walked and uses data if wi-fi is not available.
If you'd like to learn more about ResQWalk, check out



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.

To fill out a 2017 membership form visit:


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The Etobicoke Humane Society is an independent, 100% volunteer run, no-kill shelter.  Support EHS by making a donation.  All donations over $20 will receive a tax receipt.
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