🌿 “Peter Little Wing” is out in the wild! 🎉🎊
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🌿 And the winner of the plush kiwi is TONYA C.! I’ll be in touch soon, Tonya! 🥳
🌿 Peter, a captive Southern Fiordland tokoeka kiwi, and his friends from the National Aquarium—Onion, a little blue penguin with an inner-ear imbalance; Tim, a tuatara with Generalized Anxiety Disorder; and Rangi, a kea with clipped wings—embark on a quest through the unfamiliar wilderness of New Zealand in search of three ingredients needed to create an elixir to cure Peter’s ailing grandfather. Together, they traverse the length of the South Island of Aotearoa, all the way across the Cook Strait and back home to the North Island. They learn what they are all capable of in the wild of the wop wops, and what the world beyond the "Wall of Shadows" of Peter’s habitat is all about.
BTW, did you know that New Zealand not only inspired this book, but also kuri k9 massage? kuri means "dog" (or four-legged Companion) in Māori!
Day 12 of the 12 adoptable pets of the holiday season - something a little different...sponsor a parrot at the parrot Sanctuary!
Are you unable to offer a parrot a forever home, but you'd like to help? This holiday season, you can do just that. Sponsor a bird at the Parrot Sanctuary!
Greenie, Great Billed parrot:
Greenie was rescued from a pet shop situation by a lovely family who ultimately felt they were not equipped to give her the care and rehab she required. We are working carefully with her to manage her stress and feather destructive behavior as well as some reproductive health issues.
Sequoia is one of our resident ambassador parrots. He loves to show people how pretty his wings are in exchange for a nut!
Find out more through the Parrot Sanctuary website
Day 11 of the 12 Adoptable Pets of the Holiday Season - Parrot Adoptions Ontario
Nugget and Luna are a bonded pair of Parrotlets. Nugget's age is unknown and as you can see, he is a plucker. He can't fly and when he flaps his wings they sometimes bleed. Luna is a 1 year old and they are looking for a home together. They are not tame but very deserving of love and patience. Trust can be built over time. They are located in Cottam. Nugget will need a vet visit to ensure he is ok to place with other birds and to rule out any medical issues for plucking. Parrot Adoptions Ontario can assist with the vet cost.
Ollie (male age 1) and Peachy (female age 1) are a brother and sister duo of Lovebirds looking for a new home. They are located in Toronto. They are both flighted and are looking for a home that will allow lots of out of cage time to fly around and play. They are bonded so need to be placed together but as they are brother and sister, must not be allowed to breed. They are tame and will come to you to hang out on your head or shoulders. Like most birds, they are a little wary of new things and situations so will need time to acclimate to their new home.
Their bird cage and stand, along with some toys, perches, and food bowls are included with their adoption - see image below:
Located in Arthur. Chloe is a 7 year old Black Cap Conure, Cosmo is a 4 year old Green Cheek Conure.
Cosmo and Chloe are bonded so have to go together to their new home. These two sweeties love attention but just not hands. Unless you have a thick sleeve. They are looking for an experienced home and are good with others as long as they have separate/supervised out of cage time. Because Chloe can bite hard, a home with children is not ideal and they don't have any experience with cats or dogs. They are very content on just hanging out playing with each other as well.
Find out more about These Parrots from Parrot Adoptions Ontario on Facebook!
Happy 4th Birthday, Jack!
Day 10 of the 12 Adoptable Pets of the Holiday Season - Phantom from the Annex Cat Rescue
Phantom was a lifelong colony cat who has now settled comfortably into indoor life, and is looking for a quiet and understanding retirement home with a loving boyfriend. She spent her first 10 years living in an outdoor colony and was already a senior when she and her 5 senior colony mates were taken in by ACR. An elderly woman had lovingly cared for the 6 cats for a decade, but when she passed away no other resident of her building was willing to pick up the torch, and the apartment landlord only allowed external feeders access to the property for 2 more weeks. It was December, so the entire colony came into ACR's care on an emergency basis.
Phantom was nervous when she arrived, as expected for a cat that had never been indoors. Once she found her way under the couch in her foster home, she settled in there for the long haul. Over the following year though, she slowly blossomed, and while she still darts away if her foster parents walk toward her (a common former-feral behaviour that will probably never change), if they approach her quietly and calmly when she's lying down, she rolls over for belly rubs and soaks up the love. When they sit on the floor and offer treats, she will slowly approach. Phantom has incredibly thick fur that comes out in clumps and mats into little spikes all over her body, and a few times a year she patiently lets her foster mom comb all the extra fur off her body, which seems like enough to make a whole new cat with. Her adopter will need to continue frequent full-body brushings, or she will become hopelessly matted (she needed to be shaved down when she arrived).
Phantom's big personality has shone through as she's made herself at home inside. When she finds toys, she loudly wails at them, telling the whole house what she's doing. She's a very confident cat (at least around other cats!), and as a result, once she gets comfortable in her home, she will chase and bully nervous and skittish cats, both male and female - so she shouldn't be adopted into a home with shy and unconfident cats, for their sake!
Phantom DOES need another cat though - a boyfriend! Her forever home needs to have a friendly, outgoing and confident male cat that will let her follow him around and cuddle up with him. Phantom is absolutely infatuated with one of the friendly and outgoing resident cats in her foster home - if he's sitting somewhere it's not long before she is trying to get her body as close to him as possible. It's unfortunately a pretty one-sided love affair, and he tolerates her attention but doesn't love her back...so Phantom's dream home would have a boyfriend cat that likes other cats and will return her affections.
As a cat that lived the first decade of her life outside without medical care or vaccines, Phantom has chronic herpesvirus (a cold-like respiratory illness that almost all cats are exposed to at some point in their lives, but that the FVRCP vaccine protects against, and so most cats fight off relatively quickly and easily). She will have chronic congestion, eye discharge, and coughing fits for the rest of her life, which can sound alarming but don't really bother her. Taking l-lysine powder in her wet food twice a day helps to minimize her symptoms, but she may occasionally need a course of eye medication or antiviral pills again if her symptoms get severe. She has had most of her teeth removed due to dental disease, and as a senior, Phantom should eat a high-quality senior or early renal diet, to slow the eventual progression of kidney disease.
Phantom needs a quiet family that understands the body language necessary to help a formerly feral cat feel at ease - she needs to be approached with quiet and slow movements, and handled with gentle techniques - in return, you will see her beautiful personality emerge, as she becomes a confident, happy, cuddly and playful girl. She sleeps on her foster parents' bed every night, snuggling with her boyfriend. If you want to give a cat that had a long and difficult outdoor life a gentle retirement home, and you have a cuddly and confident boy cat that would love a devoted girlfriend, Phantom is the perfect girl for you.
Phantom must be adopted as a buddy to a confident, friendly, male cat.
Find out more about Phantom on the Annex Cat REscue website
Day 9 of the 12 Adoptable Pets of the Holiday Season -Eli Hops & Coal from the Toronto Humane Society!
Coal and Eli Hops are a bonded pair! This adorable brother-sister duo are ready to hop into your forever home for the holiday season!
Born into our care last December as a part of a litter of 9, these two siblings are still waiting to find their forever home!
While these two may look near identical, their personalities make each of them unique!
Coal, is the more outgoing of the two and Eli Hops prefers to warm up with time. They are both extremely curious and enjoy human company. Young rabbits such as Coal and Eli Hops love to play, investigate new toys and discover hiding spots. They would do well with humans who can provide them with a healthy outlet for their sense of adventure!
Please note, most rabbits enjoy a free-roaming lifestyle in a bunny-proofed home. Talk to our adoption agents today on how to set you and your bun up for long-term success with litterbox training! Photos of enclosure are required to be provided before finalisation of adoption.
1. Enclosure size: 4'L x 4'W x 36"H (Adequate for Dwarf rabbit- the bigger the rabbit, the bigger the cage required.)
2. Average life-span: 8-10 years
3. Out-of-cage enrichment: Gradually increases from a couple hours a day to enjoying a completely free-roam lifestyle as your bunny becomes more settled
Find out more about Eli Hops & Coal from the THS Website
Regan is a certified Canine Massage Therapist (CCMT), has certification in First Aid and CPR for Pets, and some beginner training in Herbal Remedies and Aromatherapy for personal use.