Sunday, September 27, 2009
Toronto Animal Services South is starting to hold regular adopt-a-thons in a few locations in the city and this weekend it was at the Kennel Cafe. The Kennel Cafe on Roncevalles is one of those great neighbourhood pet supply stores, privately owned with a caring and attentive staff. You immediately get the feeling it's one of those cozy places where the owner gets to know her customers by name.
There's a small yard in the back of the store where TAS sets up the crates and cages and it can get crowded pretty quick but that's okay because it's like a friendly social gathering with lots of chatting and laughter and saying hello to neighbours.
Three dogs and about a dozen cats were adopted out at the event but I think almost as important is that a lot of people got to meet and talk with some of the animal control officers and got to hear the scoop about the adoptions available at TAS. Events like these really help spread the word that 1. Toronto Animal Services exists (because a lot of people still don't realize that or don't distinguish TAS from THS or OSPCA) and 2. TAS isn't just a pound where unwanted animals are thrown away.
These neighbourhood adopt-a-thons, smaller and more intimate, create a real bond between the community and the agency. Every time I've been to one, I always see someone drop by with a dog they adopted from a previous event to proudly show off what a wonderful pet it's become. Now that's heartwarming.
Emmy, Foxy and a small Eskimo Dog who seemed to have accumulated a few different names, depending on who was holding it, are all now with their new families around the neighbourhood.