Friday, December 10, 2010

The 12 Strays Of Christmas Showcases Pets In Need Of Homes

This holiday season, Toronto Animal Services (TAS) has launched a special initiative called The 12 Strays of Christmas, which aims to raise awareness about animals available for adoption at its four shelters as well as at select PetSmart stores. As friends and family gather to celebrate Christmas and the new year, TAS is calling on people to consider providing loving forever homes to animals living in temporary shelters. The 12 Strays of Christmas event features three animals from each of the four shelters located in Toronto available for adopting. Photos and details about the dozen strays and all the other animals up for adoption can be viewed at "We are excited to feature The 12 Strays of Christmas for the first time this year in an effort to raise awareness of the number and variety of animals we have available for adoption into life-long loving homes," said Eletta Purdy, manager of Toronto Animal Services, in a release. "It is our hope that we find homes for as many animals as we can this holiday season, in order to keep shelter occupancy at a level that will allow us to take in the volume of animals we typically see over the winter months." The 12 Strays of Christmas event runs from Friday, Dec. 10 to Friday, Jan. 8. All cat adoptions for this four-week period cost $25, which is a savings of nearly $60. All cats and dogs are vaccinated, micro-chipped, spayed or neutered, vet checked and de-wormed. Toronto residents should note they are required to purchase a license for all cats for $15 or $7.50 for senior citizens. Licenses for dogs cost $25 or $12.50 for seniors. Hamsters, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds and many other animals are also available for adoption. Those unable to adopt an animal, but who want to contribute can donate through the TAS website at or in person at the shelters. People can also help out by dropping off holiday gifts for the animals to any of the shelters. These pets are always in need of blankets and towels (new or used), cat treats, dog cookies, leashes, collars and halter-style leads so the dogs can enjoy walks, heating pads and hot water bottles, can openers and even Canadian Tire money.

Pets are available for adoption from the four Animal Services Shelters, as well as from a number of PetSmart locations.
Here is a complete list of Toronto Animal Service locations:
- West Region: 146 The East Mall, Hwy. 427 and Dundas Street West
- North Region: 1300 Sheppard Ave. W., Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West
- East Region: 821 Progress Ave., Hwy. 401 and Markham Road
- South Region: 140 Princes' Blvd., Exhibition Place, Horse Palace
Toronto Animal Services Shelters are open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily
PetSmart locations (cash only for payment):
- 835 Eglinton Ave. E., Laird Drive and Eglinton Avenue East
- 2050 Eglinton Ave. E., Birchmount Road and Eglinton Avenue East
- 3155 Hwy. 7, Markham
- 7575 Weston Rd., Vaughan
- 3105 Argentia Rd., Mississauga
- 225 High Tech Rd., Richmond Hill