In this edition of The Paw Print...
  • EHS had a busy year.  Learn more about it here
  • Love EHS?  Want to make a difference?  Then become a member!
  • Read about highlights from our cat and dog areas
  • Interested in a furry friend?  Check out some of our cats available for adoption!
  • Need something to cure the winter blues?  Come to our Fur Ball Gala... it's guaranteed to be a hot event!

A New Beginning!

Dear Friends of the Etobicoke Humane Society,

As another year begins, we take some time to reflect on the past and look to the future.

2015 was an amazing and hectic year for the Etobicoke Humane Society (EHS) in terms of our intake and adoption numbers. A total of 187 cats were rescued and 183 were adopted.  December set a record with 25 cat adoptions.  On the dog side, the year started with 5 dogs in house with an additional 62 that came through our doors.  A total of 63 dogs found their forever home. EHS could not have achieved these numbers without the commitment and dedication of our volunteers.
It was an exciting year with EHS making quite an impression in the local media.  Our first EHS Family Fun Fair fundraiser saw us featured on Breakfast Television with Jennifer Valentine and the CTV Morning Show and establishing a new relationship with radio station Z103.5 who help us promote our cats and dogs for adoption.  We made appearances on the Global Morning Show and Animal House Calls.  Four of our dogs were treated to a spa treatment and were featured on The Marilyn Show.  The Guardian and The Toronto Sun wrote articles about us.  All these were great opportunities to create awareness of EHS. 
We continued to build relationships within the community through various partnerships and activities.  Last year, we participated in the Humber College Destressing Event where our dog Molly provided some welcome distraction to students during the stressful exam period.   We also hosted a Deloitte Volunteer Day where employees from the company revamped parts of the shelter and in return received plenty of affection from our furry residents.  As firm believers in giving back to the community, EHS also partnered with local Etobicoke high schools to recruit co-op students to volunteer with us, and assisted Humber College students in the journalism and media studies programs.
We returned to the Taste of the Kingsway Festival and participated in the All About Pets Expo, Woofstock and 1500 Royal York Road event.  Two of our major annual fundraising events – Leashes in the Park Walk-a-thon and Bowl-a-Thon – were successful and fun.  Throughout the year, we also participated in local events like craft sales and Cloverdale Mall kiosks.  For Christmas, we invited our supporters and their pets to take pictures with Santa and participated in the Lakeshore Santa Claus Parade.
EHS is 100% volunteer run and we rely solely on the donations we receive to provide the wonderful care we do for our furry friends: the cats and dogs that pass through our doors until they find their forever home. All of us at EHS thank you for all your help and support during the past year and we hope that you will continue to support us so we can continue to do what we do.
Stay informed and keep in touch in 2016. Visit our website, look for our feeds on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and watch for upcoming events and plan to attend!
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 shape the strategic direction of the organization on matters related to animal welfare.  Members will receive a tax receipt.  For more information, please go to:

You can also apply to one of our open board positions.  Click here for our open positions.
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2015 Cat Highlights

As we begin a new year, we reflect on the experiences and partnerships that have shaped the cat area over the last twelve months.
We commenced 2015 with only 12 cats. In March, we connected with an extraordinary woman, Tammy, on a mission to save the stray and feral cats that had sought refuge in her warehouse [see October issue of  the Paw Print for more details]. Working together with Tammy, we were able to rescue and find homes for nearly 60 of those cats and kittens, who had been turned away from nearly every other shelter and rescue in the GTA before EHS got involved.
In April, we began building a new, expanded team of cat coordinators, and implemented measures to increase the number of adoptions, such as ensuring that a cat adoption coordinator would be at the shelter every weekend during office hours. We also took steps to improve the screening mechanisms for our cat adoptions and provide consistent and more rigorous adoption training to new coordinators.
As our adoption numbers increased, so did our intake.  Last year, we brought in 187 cats and adopted 183, compared to only 50 cats that were rescued in 2014 and 72 adopted (carried over from previous years).
The cats that arrive through our doors come from a variety of backgrounds. Some were surrendered by their families or their owners passed away, others faced euthanasia in high kill shelters, and still others were born on the streets and had never known the warmth and safety of a home.
No matter where they come from, we strive to ease their transition to the shelter environment with care from three shifts of dedicated volunteers each day, and a living space that significantly exceeds the small cages often found in other shelters.
Our cats reside in large, bright, dog-size kennels and rooms furnished with cat condos, beds, scratching posts, and an assortment of toys with which to play.  In October, we teamed up with Deloitte LLP employees for Impact Day, to renovate the front kitten rooms and install shelving, crates, and stairs on the wall so cats can enjoy multiple levels of living space and play area.  These renovations, made possible by a generous donation of supplies by Rona, and food from Subway and Artisano, have transformed the front area of the shelter, and have improved the quality of life for our cats.    
Looking towards 2016, we aim to continue expanding our cat program,  and rescue even more cats than ever before. We could not do so without the continued support of our volunteers, foster parents, donors, members, and adoptive families, who have each been instrumental in the cat shelter’s achievements this year. With your help, we aim to make 2016 the best year ever for the cat side.

2015 Dog Highlights

EHS as a whole had a very successful year in terms of the number of animals we were able to help.  The dog side was no exception.
Dog Adoptions

Last year, we had the opportunity to augment our local surrenders by reaching out to other rescues (local, provincial and international) to achieve our shared goal of finding wonderful forever homes and we ended the year with 63 adoptions, compared to 24 the year before.  Check out some photos at the end of this article.
A huge part of this enormous success can be attributed to our supporters and volunteers.  Our volunteers are the reason that EHS can take in dogs, care for them in a kind and loving way, address canine behavioural issues through positive reinforcement techniques and create a stimulating environment for our dogs through walks, training and play.  Therefore, a significant focus on the dog side last year was training of dog volunteers.
Volunteer Training and Development

In order to enhance our ability to care for even more dogs, the Behaviour Assessment, Rehabilitation and Training (BART) team was established.  The team developed 8 in house training modules complemented with videos starring our own shelter dogs. These training modules were designed to give volunteers the skills needed to handle our dogs and deal with some of the more challenging ones. This training in addition to attendance at a mandatory dog body language presentation has allowed us to work towards providing consistency in our approach with our dogs as each volunteer comes with varying levels of experience with dogs.
The BART team developed a special volunteer training program and created in house videos for one of our more challenging dogs named Buddy. Volunteers spent numerous hours learning additional skills and as a result of their efforts Buddy was well trained and after 10 months, found his forever home.
In November, the BART launched the Module 1 of the Canine Language and Social Skills (CLASS) educational program developed by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. This program uses a training method focused on the use of positive reinforcement which is key to strengthening the relationship between humans and dogs.  
Being an all volunteer-run organization, keeping long term volunteers is a challenge. To meet this challenge, 19 volunteer orientation sessions were held and the training team increased to 10 trainers. A total of 125 volunteers were trained, 100 volunteers left and we ended the year with 121 active volunteers.  Dog volunteers logged 14,089 hours and this does not include the time given by our volunteers for surrenders, adoptions, developing training programs, meetings, administration, fundraising, etc.
Community Partnerships
We continued to work with PACE Independent Living and the George Hull Centre in providing their clients with exciting and meaningful volunteer opportunities as well as having co-op students and summer interns from local Etobicoke high schools.
We also developed a new relationship with B+N Photography who help us promote our dogs by taking 'wow' photos that we can use to find them a forever home.  Our friends supported us throughout the year by donating items ranging from poop bags to shelter necessities like an air conditioner.  Our corporate partners, Royal Canin and Oven Baked Tradition, supplied healthy dog food at no cost to us.
Efficiency in Process
We moved to online adoption and surrender forms which has allowed us to track all applications, establish the sequence of incoming applications, quickly respond to applicants and find forever homes for our dogs in a timely manner.
The Future
EHS might be a small shelter, but our vision for the future is large.  We will continue to meet and exceed our goals for helping animals and promote responsible pet ownership.  We will continue to improve and implement new training programs for our volunteers and our dogs.  This vision cannot be achieved without the generosity of our supporters and our dedicated volunteers.  We rely solely on donations to provide the best of medical care for our dogs.  Last year alone saw two visits to emergency vets: Max, the Bulldog, required a surgery for ACL repair; and Hoopla, our lovely, senior dog who had a failing heart required numerous abdominal draining sessions, two ultrasounds and $350 per month in medications.
2015 was a busy, hectic, amazing, awesome year and we look forward to even more wonderful things to come in 2016. Thank you!
Bella and Mischief
Xena, Buddy, Bella & Mischief, Molly and Zora.  All adopted in 2015.

Cats Available for Adoption

Meet Louise, Mary, Sheena, Coco & Precious (bonded).  For more information on these and other adorable kitties, please check out
Fur Ball Gala

You are cordially invited to our 1st Annual Fur Ball Gala, a night of dinner, dancing and fun!  The event will include a fantastic three-course dinner, host bar, live DJ, 50/50 draw and raffle prizes for only $70.00 per Adult and $40.00 per Child.  The event will take place on Saturday, February 06 at 5:00 PM at the Renaissance by the Creek, 3045 Southcreek Road, Mississauga.

For more info or to purchase tickets, email
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