It’s the best day of my year. Spending an entire day with adorable animals – homeless through no fault of their own, looking for a second chance and filled with so much love to give. Add to that, the excitement of giving these deserving kids the best toys and products of the year? It’s a very happy day indeed.
Bruce came through the door brimming with puppy energy. He had no time for introductions. He wanted to play right away and make everything a game. What does he prefer? Jump on the set and launch the hat he was supposed to design into the air. With a few presents, he paused—for a moment—and looked ready to bask in the snow in his Ultimate Stretch Vest stretch jacket and Arctic Air aviator hat.
Bruce, a longtime resident of THS, is looking for a home that understands a puppy’s great needs, and one that will help him learn and grow into a confident puppy. THS will provide his new family with post-adoption support to make sure both Bruce and his new humans are successful.
Jacket from $49, hat $26 from canadapooch.com
Willie is an eight-month-old puppy with a broken pelvis, who came to the Toronto Humane Society (THS) from a local community in Ontario. He is currently undergoing medical care at THS, and despite his traumatic history, it has been full of hugs and kisses for me. Delighted to wear this bestselling Canada Pooch suit.
starting at $65, canadapooch.com
It took a lot of restraint (and common sense texts from my husband) to not take this little girl home to rescue French Bulldogs. It’s hard to believe she’s in a shelter, but here’s Lanta, a Noob rocking at full speed and patiently waiting (as patient as a bulldog can be, anyway) for her forever home at seven months old. Lanta is receiving medical care at THS at the moment; She needs cherry eye surgery, which is a common ailment for sponge-faced breeds, but will be available for adoption soon. She looked absolutely gorgeous in her handcrafted waterproof Nose & Hearts collar and leash from Coquitlam BC.
$35.99 collar, $27.99 leash from noseandhearts.com
Four-month-old Marcus jumped on the hottest item in our gift guide—the ubiquitous Ferris Cat exercise wheel, the Tik-Tok sensation. From ZiggyDoo in Quebec, the four-foot-long exercise bike ($599) provides exercise and mental stimulation for your inner cat—just waiting to go viral.
$589 from ziggydoo.com (Pre-orders are currently being taken)
This gentle spirit was recently relocated to Toronto from Manitoba due to overcrowding in her first shelter, but you would never know, because she made herself at home. She was immediately interested in scratching the mushroom yet—the hottest design aesthetic in 2021.
$88.84 at Walmart Canada
Ming Sham wanted every corner of the room before he was ready to read it. good dog is a coffee table book filled with great pictures of man’s best friend, from show dogs to mixed breeds. It underscores a fact Ming already knows all too well – every dog is a good dog.
$55 at indigo
It’s no secret that photographing energetic pups – high-speed balls of lightning that often appear as breezes in photos – is no easy feat. But it’s not like that, with Tamara. Three-month-old Habiba Al-Rai was born to be a model. She loved showing off her cool raincoat
starting at $46, canadapooch.com
Mackenzie, who was two months old and as energetic as possible, was hard-pressed to stay in one place for long. But Calmeroos, with its puppy-mother-female pulse and warmth, did the trick — for a minute.
$54.99 at pets fallow
The curious little kitten, the four-month-old Poptart, was friendly and playful once she strutted. She was eager to play with the Cheerble pool table scratch pad (and the USB-charged evil ball, with a mind of its own – sure to provide hours of entertainment).
$65 from cheerble.com
Odie is here to convince anyone “just a dog” that cats are totally adorable. Full of hugs and attention, he was only interested in scrapes and hugs from humans, even though he sat momentarily next to Catcover’s Cat Advent calendar. The box is full of fun and premium games, with proceeds from every sale going to the Vancouver Urban Kitten Rescue Association.
$49.99 from catcover.com
Little Miss Mia
Little Miss Mia – who only answers her full name, thank you very much – is a three-month-old kitten full of personality. She immediately walked in to show up with her book, although I’m not sure her owner would need it because Little Miss Mia isn’t shy about telling you exactly what she needs.
What cats want, an illustrated guide to truly understanding your cat, $26.99 at Indigo
Yes, turtles also need vacation homes. This energetic boy moved a lot faster than his stereotype would lead you to believe – even though he probably just wanted a different festive hat.
THS wants to remind any potential adopter that turtles are a long-term investment (and a return!) because they can live up to 50 years. Although his better half wasn’t available for pictures, Venus is part of a bonded pair and must go home that he and Neptune would like to take, the best two-for-one deal this Christmas.
Merry & Bright Festive Fluff Pet Mini Pajamas, $8.99 petsmart
All the animals were available or ready for adoption at the time the photo was taken, but the animals can be picked up quickly. If you’re ready to welcome a new family member this Christmas, call or visit the Toronto Humane Society. For more information visit torontohumanesociety.com.