The problem of abandoned and unwanted pets is not unique to Toronto. A recent Toronto Star article, however, has highlighted the plight of abandoned animals who may no longer be collected by City of Toronto shelters due to budget concerns, ultimately leading to an overflow of dogs and cats in neighbouring municipalities. According to the article, one of the biggest fears is an explosion in the feral feline population, since—as everyone knows—cats are raging sexaholics if left un-neutered or unspayed.
Luckily for them, the Toronto Humane Society (11 River Street) is having a “Valentine’s Day Through Family Day Adoption Blitz” all weekend, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you can’t make it down to the THS this weekend, check out Petfinder.com, which is one of the best sources to help prospective adopters make a match. Searches can be made by age, size, gender, and type of animal. (Yes, they do have barn yard animals. Score.) As well, Toronto Animal Services has a number of locations throughout the city where you can meet potential companions. A more exhaustive list of pet rescue organizations is also available online.
Of course, adopting an animal is not a decision to be taken lightly, so think about it first. Many animals require a significant financial investment, and all of them require a significant investment of time. (Well…not goldfish.) Seriously, though, aren’t you tired of coming home to an immaculately clean apartment with no pet hair on the couch and your shoes thoroughly un-chewed?
If you’ve considered all the potential drawbacks and are still looking for an addition to the family (and aren’t particular about things like breed, age, size, gender, or—often—copious amounts of vomit), please consider adopting a pet.
Photo by Maneesh Mohindra.