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Toronto Humane Society (Toronto)

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Hard to resist

There’s been a major controversy in 2009 about Toronto Humane Society (entirely funded by donations), regarding its policy of not killing any animal under its care. Many felt there were actually circumstances (health issues) when it would have been the right thing to do.

It reopened its doors to the general public on June 1st, 2010. I’ve not visited it since, but I’m sure the experience will remain the same. If anything, a visit to the Toronto Humane Society is the best way to help kids understand the emotional responsibility that comes with a pet.

The first floor includes large sections for dogs and others for small mammals (rabbits, hamsters, chinchillas, etc.), birds and reptiles, all up for adoption. On the cats' floor, we saw cats in all shapes, colours, ages and state. Little signs by the cages gave some narrative on the animal's background.

Certain cases were heart-breaking, like the thin cat found sick with no ears or tail, or the big male given away after 12 years because of an allergic grandchild.

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