In this edition of The Paw Print...


February is Pet Dental Health Awareness month. By the time a pet is 3 years old, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will likely have some evidence of periodontal disease. The article from the American Veterinary Medical Association provides valuable information on pet dental health.

Check out our Fundraising Update for the following events: National Cupcake Day (Feb 29), Global Pet Foods “Show Us Your Heart” fundraising campaign (Feb 21-28), and  Raptor905 basketball “D” league games.

Just a heads up on events in March: Friday March 25 is Project Paws Animal Benefit concert at Toronto Coalition TO with all benefits going to EHS.  For more info see: and be sure to visit our booth at the Canadian Pet Expo at The International Centre in Mississauga, March 25-27.

Interested in becoming involved at EHS?  Want to make an even greater difference in animals’ lives?  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. See details in newsletter to join.

We also have positions on our Board of Directors. See details in newsletter to apply.
We love to receive email updates and pictures of our cats and dogs from their forever families and here is a picture of Carmela (adopted in Dec 2015) celebrating Chinese New Year.

Pet Dental Health Awareness Month

Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats – by the time a pet is 3 years old, 80% of dogs and 70% of cats will likely show some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older without effective preventive measures.

Early detection and treatment are critical, because advanced periodontal disease can cause severe problems and pain for your pet. Periodontal disease doesn’t just affect your pet’s mouth. Other health problems found in association with periodontal disease include kidney, liver, and heart muscle changes.

It starts with plaque that hardens into tartar. Tartar above the gumline can often easily be seen and removed, but plaque and tartar below the gumline is damaging and sets the stage for infection and damage to the jawbone and the tissues that connect the tooth to the jaw bone.
Your pet’s teeth and gums should be checked at least once a year by your veterinarian to check for early signs of a problem and to keep your pet’s mouth healthy.

Have your pet’s teeth checked sooner if you observe any of the following problems: bad breath, broken or loose teeth, extra teeth or retained baby teeth, teeth that are discolored or covered in tartar, abnormal chewing, drooling, or dropping food from the mouth, reduced appetite or refusal to eat, pain in or around the mouth, bleeding from the mouth, swelling in the areas surrounding the mouth.

Some pets become irritable when they have dental problems, and any changes in your pet’s behavior should prompt a visit to your veterinarian. Always be careful when evaluating your pet’s mouth, because an animal in pain may bite.

The treatment of periodontal disease involves a thorough dental cleaning and x-rays may be needed to determine the severity of the disease. Your veterinarian or a board-certified veterinary dentist will make recommendations based on your pet’s overall health and the health of your pet’s teeth, and provide you with options to consider.
Source: American Veterinary Medical Association’s website
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We’ve had a very promising start to the year on the cat side. By mid February, we had brought in 20 cats, and adopted out 19 already, including Noelle, our fifteen year old cat who was left outside our doorstep during the 2013 ice storm, and William, our handsome FIV positive boy who charmed everyone with his playful antics.  
The majority of our cat intake so far has been from Hamilton Animal Services, and in 2015, due to the hard work of the Etobicoke Humane Society and dozens of other rescues, none of the cats at Hamilton Animal Services were euthanized for space. We are continuing to deepen our relationship with some of the caring staff at Hamilton Animal Services, to focus on young, healthy cats at risk of euthanasia for “temperament”. These cats are often born and raised on the streets, and terrified at being in a shelter environment and confined to a small cage. When they arrive at our facilities, they have access to much larger, dog size kennels with cat furniture and toys, and our dedicated volunteers spend extra time socializing them until they become more comfortable with human interaction.  
So far, we have brought in 4 of these at-risk cats this year, and we are thrilled to advise that all four of them improved remarkably while at at EHS and have already found loving homes.  As we build on our successes, and prove that with a bit of love and a lot of patience, skittish cats can become adoptable, we will continue to focus on bringing in cats that are overlooked by other rescues, and are most at risk for euthanasia.
Cats available for adoption: Louie and Oswald, Dexter (grey) and Venus (white and grey).  To find out more about these and other available cats, please go to

The year 2016 has been busy with the arrival of 11 dogs in addition to the 4 already in house from 2015. The adoption coordinators were busy doing home visits and 10 dogs have found their forever home to date with others soon to be completed. All the volunteers are sad to see a dog go, but are thrilled and happy that they go to amazing homes with amazing families.
All our dogs are special to us and we want to share a story of one dog Koko, who beat the odds. Koko was very ill when he arrived at Westway Animal Clinic, so ill that the family decided to surrender him for euthanization due to the cost. The veterinarians at Westway decided that they could not euthanize Koko and were faced with a medical challenge as it was difficult to determine what was wrong with the dog. They had nothing to lose and tried various approaches and Koko got better day by day.
Westway Animal Clinic passed the dog to EHS and Koko spent about one month in a foster home, so that he could continue with his recovery. He reached his optimal weight and received lots of love and affection from his foster parents. Koko beat the odds and went to his forever home at the end of January.
Koko with his adopter, Jax and Amigo.  All adopted in Jan 2016.

Saving one dog will not change the world, but surely for that one dog, the world will change forever.  – Karen Davison

Calendar of Events

The EHS Fundraising team has been hard at work at organizing fun new events to not only raise much-needed money for the Society, but also promote this unique shelter in the GTA.  Here are some of our past and upcoming events:

CTV News Live
On February 04, EHS was the location for CTV’s “Live at Noon” weather segments by Anwar Knight.  EHS thanks CTV, Anwar Knight, producer Sarah Virro and the road crew for a great experience and raising awareness of EHS and our animals that are up for adoption.  CTV will be back in April or May so watch for an announcement from EHS and be sure to tune in.  

The Etobicoke Humane Society held its first annual FUR BALL Gala Dinner fundraising event on Feb 06.  Guests enjoyed a great evening of good cheer and fine dining with music and dancing going late into the night.  The FUR BALL raised over $8,000 for EHS! Thank you to our co-hosts of the event Brian Ferreira and Melissa Murray for all of their hard work in organizing this event, to our numerous volunteers for their assistance, and to all of our guests who attended and made this event successful. It was an evening to remember. See you next year.

EHS is a part of the Raptors 905 basketball “D” league 2016/2017 season in a big way.  Go online to purchase Raptors905 tickets, enter promo code EHS905 and $2 from every ticket sold is donated to EHS.  Enjoy great basketball at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga and help raise money for EHS as the same time.  Hurry, there are only a few games left  with the last home game on April 01.   Check out the Raptors905 schedule for remaining home games at www. (and don't forget to enter EHS905 when ordering your tickets!)

Global Pet Foods – Show Us Your Heart Campaign
Feb 21 to Feb 28 is Global Pet Foods’  “Show Us Your Heart” fundraising campaign. During this period go into any Global Pet store in Etobicoke to make your donation which goes directly to EHS. 

National Cupcake Day
Monday, February 29 is National Cupcake Day!  You can support EHS or your local animal shelters by selling cupcakes, having a cupcake party or selling to colleagues at work. Go to for more information and to register to raise funds for the Etobicoke Humane Society. 
Want to support EHS but don’t have time to make cupcakes?  We will be selling cupcakes at two venues:
Feb 22 – Feb 26 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM: Lululemon (CF Sherway Gardens)
Feb 27 – Feb 29 from 10:30 AM to 4:00 PM: Etobicoke Humane Society (67 Six Point Road).

Cakestar Sweets Boutique in Etobicoke and volunteers from our community will be making beautiful and delicious cupcakes. Be sure to drop by and support EHS and this nation wide event.
Top: CTV's Anwar Knight and his crew behind-the-scenes at EHS
Bottom: Brian F at the Fur Ball Gala.  EHS thanks the organizers, volunteers and several generous supporters for making it a huge success.

A Rose for Max

When a dog gets adopted from Etobicoke Humane Society, our volunteer adoption coordinators ensure that the new family is the right fit for the dog and vice-versa.  Although all of our dogs are extremely lucky to find amazing forever homes, some of them truly find their human soul mates who are willing to do anything for them.  This is the story of one such dog - Max (previously known as Jack).
Max, a Chihuahua mix, came to the shelter because his previous owners had got him off the internet and he did not get along with their other dogs.  Although a little guy, he has a big attitude.  What he lacked in size, he more than made up for it with his unending energy and love for life.  He settled in quickly at EHS but anxiously awaited the day he would go home. 
One day, a wonderful lady named Rose walked into the shelter and instantly fell in love with him.  The feeling was mutual because Max took to her immediately and soon went to his forever home with her.  Happy ending for sure, but his story had just begun...
Three days after Max was adopted, he and his owner Rose went for a walk and Max was quick to pick up something off the ground which she was unable to get out of his mouth.  Turns out, he had swallowed a chicken bone and Max became sick within minutes.  Rose held her breath (like any other pet owner would) and rushed him to the veterinary clinic.
At the vet, she found out that the chicken bone had caused a tear in his trachea as it went down and had injured his lung.  Max was in pain and at risk of dying!  The vet told Rose that surgery was an option but it was a risky and very costly operation with no guarantee that Max would survive.  For Rose, it was an easy decision – she was going to do whatever it took to give Max a chance and opted for the surgery. 
Several hours later, Rose received news that the operation was a success and Max was going to make a full recovery!  Rose could have made the decision to put Max down but opted for a surgery that cost her thousands of dollars.  We are so thankful for people like her who value all life, big and small, and are committed to providing the love and care for dogs in need.  People like her are truly an inspiration and make what we do worth the effort.
When Rose came to meet Max, we could see that Max was the right dog for her family. Max has fully recovered since the chicken bone incident and is a very happy and spoiled dog in his home.
Max (formerly known as Jack) was adopted in 2015.
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