Thursday, May 28, 2015

Second Mega Pet Adoption Weekend Taking Place From June 5-7 At The Canadian National Exhibition.


The Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer are here: Adopt a Pet for $25 at the Mega Pet Adoption Weekend Proudly Sponsored by PetSmart Charities™ of Canada and PetSmart®June 5-7, 2015
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Toronto – The dog (and cat) days of summer are finally here.  Adopt a dog or cat at the Mega Pet Adoption Weekend, taking place June 5-7 at the Queen Elizabeth Building at Exhibition Place in Toronto. For $25 you can bring home a new family member that will be spayed or neutered and vaccinated. Standard pet licensing fees apply to City of Toronto residents.
 
In its second year, this event is hosted by the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services and is proudly sponsored by PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart.

With animal welfare organizations participating from across the Greater Toronto area, this weekend long event will allow people to meet with hundreds of friendly, lovable dogs and cats with an adoption goal of 600. Whether it’s a clever kitten or a playful puppy, you will have the opportunity to meet the available pets, chat with experts and take home your new best friend the same day.

“Adopting a new companion is a rewarding decision, one that will bring a lot of joy and create memories to last a lifetime,” said John DeFranco, President, PetSmart Charities of Canada. “Through partnerships, such as those with the Toronto Humane Society and Toronto Animal Services, we’re able to find forever homes for even more pets.” 

"Each year more than 15,000 animals enter GTA shelters. During these three days we hope to find 600 of them new forever homes. Anyone who is considering adding a pet to their family should join us and see for themselves the amazing animals available for adoption," said Barbara Steinhoff, Executive Director, Toronto Humane Society.

"Initiatives such as this have a large impact on the homeless animal population in our community.  The City of Toronto is very excited to partner and co-host this great event for a second year,” said Elizabeth Glibbery, Manager, Toronto Animal Services.     

How to Adopt
Visit the PetSmart Charities of Canada’s Mega Adoption Event June 5-7 at the Queen Elizabeth Building from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., on the grounds of the Canadian National Exhibition. Visit www.petsmartcharities.org/toronto for more information.

Join the Conversation
·         Follow PetSmart Charities of Canada and PetSmart on Facebook
·         Talk with us on Twitter at PetSmart Charities and PetSmart
·         Follow the hashtag #adoptlove


About PetSmart Charities of Canada:

PetSmart Charities of Canada is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets. Nearly 20,000 dogs and cats find homes each year through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores and our sponsored adoption events. A leading funder of animal welfare, PetSmart Charities of Canada has granted more than $7 million to help pets in need, with a focus on spay/neuter services that help communities solve pet overpopulation. PetSmart Charities of Canada is a registered charity, independent from PetSmart, Inc.

ABOUT PETSMART CANADA

In Canada, PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we believe pets make us better people. That’s why we create more moments for people to be inspired by pets. This mission impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates, and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 3,500 associates and operate 106 pet stores across Canada with 7 operating in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and pet products and offers dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, and pet adoption services in-store.  

Our portfolio of digital resources for pet parents including PetSmart.ca , Pet360.comand petMD.com – offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in North America. Through its in-store pet adoption partnership with PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, PetSmart has helped save the lives of more than 180,000 pets since 1999.  In addition, PetSmart supports organizations that make communities a better place to call home through our philanthropy program, PetSmart Gives Back™. By giving back to the communities where we live and work, PetSmart not only celebrates the power of pets to enrich people's lives—we live it.

About the Toronto Humane Society:

Since 1887, the Toronto Humane Society has saved thousands of animals each year.  Our mission is to promote the humane care and protection of all animals and to prevent cruelty and suffering.

About Toronto Animal Services and the City of Toronto:

Toronto Animal Services (TAS) encourages safe and enjoyable communities for both people and pets. TAS promotes responsible pet ownership, encourages voluntary compliance with animal-related laws, promotes pet adoption and pet licensing and microchipping.

Toronto is Canada's largest city, the fourth largest in North America, and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people. It is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked one of the world's most livable cities. Toronto is proud to be the Host City for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can visit www.toronto.ca, call 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or follow us @TorontoComms.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vote For Your Favourite Photo In The Latest, "Don't Shop, Adopt!" Contest

Thanks to all the entries received for the latest contest. It's now time for you all to vote for your favourite(s)! You can vote until June 1, at which point the top 10 will be revealed. At that time the judges, myself, Bijan Swagger, & Sandro Avila (two great Toronto pet photographers) will determine the top three prize winners.

1st prize : $150 for pet parent & $150 for their favourite rescue
2nd prize : $50 for pet parent & $50 for their favourite rescue
3rd prize : $50 for pet parent & $50 for their favourite rescue

The reason we do it this way is that while often folks submit great photos, they may not have a big social media presence, or even Facebook (can you imagine)!

REMEMBER!!! While you can vote for more than one photo (it's hard to decide, isn't it!?), you can only vote once for each photo.


1. Ria
2. Coco

3. Lily

4. Kai

5. Padfoot

6. Big Nog

7. Phoenix
8. Lily-Rose
9. Akiva
10. Vixen

11. Mia
12. Darla
13. Zoe


14. Henry

15. Murphy

16. Charlie

17. Xena

18. Brutus

19. Chewy

20. Juicy



21. Beauty
22. Charley
23. Mackay

24. Nala

25. Penny