We asked folks who’ve adopted pets from the HBSPCA to submit their love stories to us—and they came in droves! (We’re not crying, you’re crying!). One thing is for certain: people sure do love their pets and we know that pets sure do love their people. Here are three of our favourite stories. (Grab a tissue and feel the love).


When Toph met her furever family, it was love at fur-st sight—even though she had lost both eyes due to serious injuries. It turns out, she did not need to “see” the Leenstra family to feel the love they had for her. They believe that Toph is the bravest, strongest soul around. In fact, they named her after a character from Avatar: The Last Airbender who they say is “a total badass—and also blind.” Adopting Toph just made sense for the Leenstras. They wanted to show their children how to be kind to those who are different and that love comes in all forms.


Amber came to our shelter in 2017 when she was rescued from a cat hoarding situation. When she met Sharon Lees and her mother Helen, Amber leveled up—big time. From squalor to a cat kingdom, where it just makes sense that her regal full name is Ambrosia Sadie Olive Magnolia Lees. When Sharon’s mother passed away in 2021, Amber helped Sharon move through her grief. Amber just celebrated her 8th birthday and lives the divine feline life. She loves getting her head and chin stroked, listening to country music, and eating treats out of her special crystal dish. It’s a furever kind of love with these two.

Pancake & Waffles

Pancake and Waffles were part of a litter of five feral kittens rescued by the HBSPCA. In 2022, the Downey family came by the shelter and fell in love with these two little rascals. They followed our guidelines for integrating feral kittens into a family to a tee, and the transition has been a big success. Their new furever home is full of love and purrs and lots of play time with feathers on sticks.

If you have space in your heart and your home and your life for a pet, we have several up for adoption right now. Maybe one will fit the curve of your heart just right. Meet them all.

 If you don’t have space for a pet, we’d appreciate your support in other ways:

1. Tell your friends!

Maybe you know someone who wants a new furry family member. We’d love to introduce them to our ready-for-adoption pets.

2. Foster a pet.

Give a pet a temporary loving home until we can find them a fur-ever home.

3. Donate to support our work.