In this edition of The Paw Print...
Happy Tail Gifts for the Holidays

To donate to the Happy Tails Gifts fundraiser click on the image below
The holidays are a time for friends, family and celebration. This holiday season please add the animals at EHS to your gift list to help us help more animals find forever homes. 100% of your donation will go directly to animal care and operations.
4th Annual Bowl-a-Thon

On October 22nd, 2016 the Etobicoke Humane Society hosted it’s 4th annual bowl-a-thon at Planet Bowl.   It was a great success and everyone had a fantastic time.   We’d like to thank everyone who participated in raising over $10,000.  We are truly grateful and amazed by everyone’s fundraising efforts on behalf of all of the animals at our shelter.
St. Olave’s Craft Sale
On November 19th, 2016 EHS took part in the St. Olave’s Anglican church Christmas craft sale. Our EHS tables overflowed with beautiful home made craft items created by our wonderful EHS volunteers. We raised $660. This was our most successful craft sale yet!
All of our craft items make great Christmas gifts and they are all available for sale at our EHS office at 67 Six Points Rd. Please come on down and take a look.
Photo’s with Santa
Santa and his elves came down to Etobicoke to have his photo taken with some very special furry family members. Everyone had a great time meeting Santa and generously donated to our shelter.
December 3rd, 2016  - My Petropolis doggie day care at 3367 Lakeshore Blvd.
Photo’s by Patricia Seaton Photography

December 10th, 2016 – Pet Valu at 125 The Queensway.
December 11th, 2016 – Westway Animal Clinic at 1500 Royal York Rd.
Mentor College Fundraiser
The wonderful students at Mentor College held a Christmas fund drive for the animals at EHS. They sold baked goods and collected donations from everyone at their school. They  donated $300 plus boxes full of much needed supplies for the shelter. All of us at EHS are very grateful for their generous donation.

November is Adopt A Senior Pet Month. At the Etobicoke Humane Society, our policy includes taking in senior cats and dogs, because we believe they deserve a chance to have a wonderful forever home. Please consider adopting a senior pet. In a recent survey, shelter and rescue group members reported that older pets have the hardest time finding homes. It’s a sad reality these special animals are often the last to be adopted from shelters. We hope with your help we can improve the adoption rate for older pets by spreading awareness about how great senior pets can be. 

There are numerous reasons why older pets make a great option for families looking to adopt a pet: 

The following article is from 

Calm, Cool, and Collected 

Older pets are typically calmer than puppies and kittens, often content with a more relaxing day-to to-day routine. As we all know, puppies and kittens, though very fun, are often more rambunctious and may find themselves getting into mischief when they get bored. 

Family Friendly 

The low-key, mellow nature of older pets makes them a great fit for households with children. Before ending up in shelters, senior pets often come from some sort of family life which makes adjusting to a new home environment much easier than it could be for puppies or kittens. 

You CAN Teach an Old Dog New Tricks 

Senior pets are often already trained and may even be pros at performing basic commands. The great news is that even if they’re not, they are much easier to train than younger animals. Their experience around humans, along with more established physical and mental abilities, allows them to better understand the requested commands and pick up new tasks much faster than puppies or kittens. 

Commitment Issues 

Unlike young pets, senior pets are not a 24-7 commitment. Many new pet owners underestimate the time and commitment it takes to properly train a new puppy. With their relaxing lifestyle, senior dogs don’t require the constant attention and exercise that comes with young pets. Of course, they still love to play with the family, they just don’t require as much of your focus and energy. 

What You See is What You Get 

With senior pets, you know exactly what you’re getting. Senior pets’ personalities are already developed so you can tell right away if they will be a good fit for your family. Even things like their size, energy level, and health status are already established so you know exactly what to expect with your new pet. 


Story after story suggests that senior pets are especially grateful for their new home. They seem to know they’ve been rescued and owners often notice an extra special sense of love and appreciation from their senior pet. 

The list can go on and on, but most importantly, when you adopt a senior pet, or even share knowledge about the need for senior pet adoptions, you are truly saving a life. We, on behalf of all the shelters and senior pets out there, thank you for that. 

EHS Senior Dogs 2016


Maya (9 years old)

Alumni Ashleigh (18.25 years old, adopted in March 2013, surrendered at 14)

Lambi (8 years old) - picture by B+N Photography

Dog Update 

Our lives at the Etobicoke Humane Society are always very interesting. We have some heart-warming stories to share with you. 


A 3-year-old Pomeranian was surrendered to us in late September and was given the name Jarvis. Jarvis had two injuries the veterinarian thought were trauma related; a dislocated hip and blind in one eye with the pupil at the top rather than in the centre. The dislocated hip was an old injury as the muscles had atrophied. His body tried to make a new socket without success. Jarvis underwent a Femoral Head Ostectomy surgery to repair the dislocated hip and went directly into a foster home for recovery. The cost of the surgery was about $1900 plus post-surgery costs. We are so happy that his foster mom decided to adopt him! 


Another special senior dog named Phoenix (approximately 9-years-old, boxer) came into our lives as a surrender. We don’t know a great deal about her past but we do know it has been traumatic. She is blind and was found tied up outside, obviously bred multiple times. Despite her history, she is full of energy and loves to cuddle, play and go for walks. We want to make sure that her life from this point on is the best she has ever experienced. 

Unfortunately given her past and her age, she has a number of health issues that are currently being treated in order to give her the quality of life that she deserves. With her limited sight (due to cataracts, keratitis), she manages to get around, once familiar with her surroundings. She is being treated for glaucoma to relieve the pressure on her eyes. Other health issues include a compromised immune system, ear, internal and urinary infections, and she has a severe case of spondylosis (spinal). Despite her spinal issues, she still loves to run, jump and play! 

We have launched a fundraising campaign for Phoenix so that we can continue to provide the health care she needs. Donations can be made through Canada Helps here.

Donations of JD Science Diet Food and probiotic supplement for dogs are also greatly appreciated at 67 Six Point Road, Etobicoke between 10:30 am and 4:30 pm. 

Phoenix has a long road to recovery ahead of her, but we are committed to ensuring that her medical needs are attended to and she is in a loving home. We are looking for a long term foster, ideally someone who lives in a house with a fenced in backyard, no other pets and is home most of the day. If you are interested, please contact her adoption coordinator at 


Photo by B+N Photography

Our Adopters, Our EHS Family 

We love to hear from our adopters, who become part of our EHS family. These past few weeks we have seen many updates and we wanted to share a few with our readers. 

Lucky’s owner wrote: “I couldn’t be happier with her and she seems so happy to be here, always wanting to play and just be with me.” 

Rico’s mom tells us he loves walks and going to the dog park and he gets crazy excited as soon as he hears his leash come out of the closet. Rico is learning how to play fetch because he sees other dogs playing with tennis balls and he wants to too! 

Zara is very spoiled and is very happy about it. She is an amazing dog and seriously cute, like get away with murder cute. Cannot believe someone let her go. 

Winnifred’s mom (formerly Jerri) says she has many dog friends, loves going to dog parks and has never seen a dog that loves to cuddle so much! 

Vida’s family tells us that she has adapted to her new life: “We love taking really long walks together. She brings so much love and positive energy to our lives, it is incredible!” 

Thank you to all our adopters for adopting an EHS dog!

Adoptable Dogs
To view all adoptable dogs visit:

2016 Cat Highlights 


It has been an exciting year for the cat team at the Etobicoke Humane Society. 

In an effort to modernize and improve the efficiency of our cat shelter, we created online application forms for cat surrenders, adoptions, fosters, and volunteers. These forms are automatically emailed to all the coordinators in the respective areas, and inputted into a Google Docs spreadsheet. Being able to access the application forms remotely is crucial in an all volunteer run organization such as EHS, and allows us to speed up the response times, and track the applications so no one slips through the cracks. 

We’ve also expanded the mandate of our cat foster program, to include short term fosters of cats who just need a place to stay until space opens up at the shelter. This has had a major impact on our ability to save an unprecedented number of cats. 

As of December 12, 2016, we have brought in 251 cats this year, surpassing our total for last year, which was 188. We are on track to have at least a 35% increase in cat intake for 2016 over 2015. As a result of our hard work to find forever homes for these cats, we have so far adopted out 225 cats this year, including our long term senior bonded pair Precious and CoCo who spent four years with us before finding their perfect forever home. 

One of the highlights this year has been our partnership with One Last Chance and Freedom Drivers, who have helped connect us with cats in high kill shelters in Quebec scheduled for euthanasia due to lack of space. Together with their help, we have been able to save dozens of healthy, adoptable cats and kittens who were sometimes hours away from being euthanized. 

We have also implemented Project Warmth, an initiative to help local feral cats survive the winter by building outdoor cat enclosures. Our goal was to build 50 of these enclosures and strategically place them in areas with known cat colonies. 

Looking towards 2017, 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, members, donors, and adoptive families, who have all been instrumental in the cat team’s achievements this year. Thank you all, and happy holidays!

To view all adoptable cats visit:

Message from the Interim President, EHS 

As another year draws to a close, I hope that you are looking forward to sharing time with friends and family over the holiday season and to what the new year might hold in store. 

It has been an exciting and challenging year for EHS. Thanks to our dedicated membership and volunteers and our very generous donor community so many dogs and cats who would otherwise have had no where else to go found respite at EHS followed by a loving forever home. 

Over the past couple of months, as Interim President, I have watched many of our amazing volunteers hard at work and clearly driven out of love for the animals in our care. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am by each and every one of you. I have also listened to the passion of our members’ community and heard your commitment to us loud and clear. Additionally, I have had the privilege of talking directly to some of our generous donors and felt your trust and strong support first hand. 

You are the people who make EHS possible. Every day, you are saving lives! 

At the same time, I have shared many moments with the sweet four legged souls in our care. I’ve seen Freddie and Roxy, two abandoned kittens, curled up so tightly – so bonded – and wondered why no else could see what I was seeing and take them home. Thankfully, someone did and they are all so very blessed to have found each other. I’ve watched Ryder, a beautiful dog, with his deep brown and gentle eyes, looking right through me, searching, and wondering, will you take me home today? He desperately needed someone with a little patience and love to connect with him forever. Happily, he has found that special someone. 

You are the people who make the potential of a forever home a possibility for Freddie, Roxy, Ryder and so many others. They only get this last chance because of you! With every glimpse of every little one at EHS, I am grateful for this little organization with the big heart and to each of you for your kind and generous support. Each night and each day – grateful. 

Margaret Wheatley said “Great change comes out of small conversations among people who care”. I want to assure you that those conversations are happening and I know with great certainty that we do care. It is, without a doubt, that shared concern that is compelling us to work together to build on this strong foundation of support and make EHS the very best organization it can be. 

In the coming months, you can expect to see a clear vision of EHS through the development and sharing of our strategic plan. Areas of focus are expected to include: 

* Strengthening our Governance 

* Expanding our Strategic Fundraising and Donor Stewardship 

* Enhancing Financial Accountability and Transparency 

* Enriching Volunteer Engagement and Recognition 

* Continuing Leadership in our Core shelter programs and in Animal Welfare 

We hope that you will be able to better follow our progress and see how this independent 100% volunteer organization is putting your generous donations to use. 

We recognize how very privileged we are to have your support. Please be assured that we are working harder than ever to maintain and build on it. 

On behalf of all EHS animals, past, present, and future, and the EHS Board of Directors, I wish to thank our dedicated volunteers and members and our very generous donor community for your continued kindness, trust and support. It may sound cliché, but it is absolutely true – we could not do this without you! Thank you again and best wishes for a happy holiday season and New Year. 

Roma DeLonghi 

Interim President, EHS 

P.S. Please don’t forget that if you wish to make a donation eligible for a 2016 charitable tax receipt, please do so by December 31, 2016. You can make a donation online

Roma joined EHS in October 2016 as Interim President and following her retirement from a 33-year career with the federal public service. She brings, in addition to a great love of animals, over 15 years of experience as an executive and having significant involvement in operations, human resource and financial management. She and her husband share their home with two wonderful cats.

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