Pet Adoption tips from the Toronto Humane Society | EMERGE 2019

Pet Adoption tips from the Toronto Humane Society | EMERGE 2019


Uhhh, so my name is Makyla Deleo I have worked for the Toronto Humane Society for the last 10 or so years a little bit more than ten years at this point in time I have gone through a number of different positions. I started as an RVT here. I went on to supervisor I’ve done management in a number of different departments and here I am working now as public relations for the shelter So a lot of people think of us as just an animal shelter So somewhere where you come if you’re no longer able to take care of your animal or if you’re looking for a new animal companion But we do so much more. We have our public veterinary care services. We do humane care education We’re out in schools almost every single day and certainly every single week or there’s children coming here to see us as well We have dog training classes. We operate the largest pet food bank in the City of Toronto So there’s so much that we do here at the Toronto Humane Society about it beyond just being an animal shelter So one of the things that I want to stress to a student who’s thinking about adopting an animal is That animals are for life I am a little bit older at how but I do remember being a student It wasn’t that that long ago and its really really busy it’s really really hectic And, um, you don’t often know where you’re gonna end up. Right? if you’re in the middle of a program at the end of this program. Are you still gonna be living in the City of Toronto? Are you still gonna be living in Canada? So just keep all of that in mind if you’re thinking about adopting an animal because it is it is a lifelong commitment but then you can also think about things like Potentially adopting an animals that may not be around for an extended period of time if you want to adopt a rat or a hamster one of the smaller special species that has a shorter life span then the other option also if is if you’re not able to take On that lifelong commitment at this point. It’s time to consider fostering I think fostering is a great thing for students because you can have an animal you get that companionship you get you got that love that you need and provide care for someone and be selfless But then at that same time you it is it is for a short duration and at that fostering period You get to return the animal knowing that they’re gonna end up somewhere in a quality home in a forever home and that you’ve done Your part and then once again, you don’t have that lifelong responsibilities Yeah, definitely we don’t have any restrictions on first-time pet ownership and for we love to speak to first-time pet owners We do recommend that you do a little bit of research beforehand whether that’s on the internet using quality sources Talking to friends or family who have the type of animal that you’re interested in if you know any veterinary professionals And just chance to hang out with that animal. So you’re coming here with a little bit of information But we do try to provide you with a solid and base as possible in terms of first-time animal ownership And as I said, we do have a lot of resources here especially for dogs If you’re a first-time dog owner We have tons and tons of dog classes anything from a puppy socialization class all the way up to A dog that may have some sort of behavioral problems in one-on-one training classes with the dog, the owner and with our training experts.” So social media is huge for us Sharing makes a huge difference to the animals that are in our care who are looking for their adoptable homes We track that and we know that after an animal’s shared their chances of adoption increase significantly.” So that’s a huge help to us as well on top of that events School events, work events, stuff like that people your age. They love to get involved they want to be Part of what’s going on rather than just taking a seat and kind up watching it from the sidelines what you guys are doing Right now is is as absolutely needed as well. That’s going to do so much for awareness for the Toronto Humane Society and we really really appreciate it

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