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Sharky has settled in well from the very first day. We had set up the finished basement for him to have a safe zone when we first brought him home. We slowly let him wander up the stairs and in no time at all he had full run of the house. He’s such a sweet boy and has completely adjusted without any issues. I’ve nicknamed him “Shark-nado” because he’s always running from one place to another…especially when there’s food involved! He’s very affectionate and is always looking to be pet or for someone to lay on a or snuggle with. He’s carved out a few favourite spots for himself which has been nice to see. We’ve put a cat tree in front of a big window looking over the backyard, which he loves! He gets plenty of sunshine there as well. We’ve been having lots of fun getting to know this little guy. He loves playing with some of my son’s toys, as well as his own cat toys. The two of them get along so well and they love hiding out in the blanket fort. My son has someone to play with and Sharky has a quiet, comfy spot to hide out in. All in all, we couldn’t be happier with our decision to adopt Sharky. He’s such a wonderful addition to our home! The overall adoption process was great. I was a bit hesitant at first as we weren’t allowed to meet the cats before choosing one due to Covid. But the OMHS made it very easy for us to request information and ask questions. The phone interview was also a big help as it allowed us to get to know Sharky and to make sure we were a good fit for him, and vice versa. Adoption day was so much fun! The OMHS has such a great partnership with Royal Canin and Ren’s. The free food is wonderful, but not having to run out prior to bringing Sharky home was also good. It allowed us to keep him on the same food and hopefully made his transition that much easier. And we’ve already redeemed the gift card at Ren’s for treats, toys and extra litter. The staff at OMHS is wonderful and I can’t thank you enough for all of the work you do. Please know that we LOVE Sharky and that he’s very happy here in his new home! – Sylvie
Ollie (left) & Nessie (right)
We have meant to send you an update on Nessie & Ollie (formerly “Bean”) long before now, but time goes too quickly! Our amazing puppies absolutely ADORE one another and no matter how much space they have to roam, they are always side-by-side, and always touching. We have spent a lot of time at the cottage during COVID – even during the winter – and they love it! I’m sure you might remember that when we first inquired about adopting a second puppy, we had slight reservations because Nessie was so amazing, and we were a bit apprehensive about making any changes or altering our relationship with her. Well… they loved each other from Day 1, and we can’t imagine Nessie not having her little brother. They couldn’t be more different – Nessie is sensitive and cautious, while Ollie is game for anything – so they complement each other perfectly. Thank you, as always, for our two amazing additions to our family. We literally can’t – and would never want to – imagine life without them. Thank you, thank you, thank you!- Nessie & Ollie parents
Fawn has adjusted fairly quickly to her forever home and has been affectionate and playful since her first day home. It’s funny that it has only been a week since the adoption as she acts like she’s lived here with us her whole life, which is quite adorable. Everything is fine with her in terms of behaviour; she has been using her litter box normally, she loves to be pet, she loves playing with her toys, especially the feathered ones. Fawn also appears to always be hungry, running into the kitchen and meowing for food if someone is in there. She gets her rest mostly during the day and wanders around sometimes at night, meowing for attention. I didn’t have any trouble at all with the adoption process and I think it is a suitable process especially given the situation with the pandemic. I am really glad I chose to adopt, especially from you guys. Thank you for allowing me to bring Fawn to her forever home and allowing her to be apart of our family. – Emily
Thanks for the follow up. Marshmallow has been great so far. She has not needed much time to get comfortable to her new home. Marshmallow has been very curious with her new environment by sniffing everything but luckily she expressed very little interest in wires or anything else hazardous to her. She has been very receptive to petting and is still very food motivated. An observation we’ve found yesterday was that Marshmallow was not very happy when her bedding was changed from carefresh to yesterday’s news. The sound of the paper pellets in her litterbox freaked her out so we had to calm her down with some treats and gentle petting. Additionally, she seems to enjoy her oxbow branded timothy hay more so than the all living things brand. The entire adoption process experience with OMHS has been wonderful. From the moment I submitted my adoption application to picking up Marshmallow on the day of adoption, all the way up to this follow up email, OMHS has provided a very easy and comfortable adoption process despite changes made for the COVID-19 pandemic. I would most definitely recommend my friends who are looking to adopt an animal to give you guys a visit! – Tony
Myself and Bubbles are doing quite well. Bubbles had quite a stressful drive home but once there he seemed to settle in quite well. We gave him a ball in the box you provided and he took to that almost immediately. He took some time exploring his enclosure, walking around, checking out his toys and running on the wheel for a few hours. We have changed out his house since the videos were taken as he had a habit of digging under and flipping it over so we decided a stump house with a little extra weight, we also changed his food bowl as he tends to walk into it as he’s eating and was dumping the food on himself, balling up and then running into the house. Trial and error with this little guy. I wasn’t expecting was how comfortable he is with his environment so quickly. With our other hedgehog he does not allow you to watch him on his wheel but with Bubbles he has no problem with you being around, he goes about his business and it’s a joy to watch him. We have tired holding him a bit in the cuddle sack to mixed results. He seems to calm down but the slightest movement will stress him out. Last night he had his first bath, Bubbles did very well. After the bath we had the most successful holding session yet as he was drying off. I had him in some towels and he calmed down enough to gently pet his quills and he snoozed a bit. This was such a wonderful moment. My experience at OMHS was absolutely wonderful, the adoption process from originally putting in the application was fast and picking up Bubbles was well handled and organized. – Ross
Stevie is doing really well! She is really curious and friendly and loves to get out of her cage and explore. She loves her food (see the picture of her checking out her food when she was out exploring) and continues to love her lettuce. She has tried the ball and goes quite fast in it! She’s not a big fan of the tunnels we bought for her cage and we are looking for a bigger wheel because she doesn’t like the one we have! She has such a sweet personality, we are really enjoying her. Thank you for allowing us to adopt her. The process was so simple and straightforward. – Michelle
Marty is doing wonderfully! He’s so playful and affectionate and has taken well to our routine. No unexpected behaviors other than he’s quite affectionate, way more than I expected. That’s a good thing! I had a guest over and Marty immediately took to them. He loves to be near or on us as he sleeps which is the sweetest. His first vet visit went well. He received his final booster and the doctor said he looks great. They also commented on how social and curious he was. He took to his litter box immediately and also has been eating well. I’ve had to kitten proof a few things, but he now has free reign of the majority of the house (I keep him out of my kid’s room because I don’t know what they leave under their beds and I don’t want Marty chewing on something he shouldn’t). You mentioned he was a “bolter”, but we haven’t seen too much of that. However, we are careful and are going through the garage as you suggested. Thanks for that tip. There was some furniture scratching, but I moved a scratching post to the spot he would go to and that has helped, at least during waking hours. I’m not overly fussed about the scratching either way. The adoption process went as well as it could’ve given the situation. I don’t have any suggestions for improvements. He’s such a joy. Thank you to you and his foster home. We absolutely love him. -Diane
Spot is doing great so far. He is still getting settled into our routine after me being off for a few days after bringing him home. He has been good on his walks and we are starting to do some training at home until his obedience course starts. He loves his tug (rope with knots) and can be found cuddling with it. He is also pretty good at 2 ball fetch. He is definitely a little ray of sunshine. – Jill & Matt
Just wanted to give you an update on the bonding progress so far! It seems I have two bonded buns! They moved in together 2 days ago and it has been great so far. I really couldn’t believe they got along so quickly, I was prepared to be at this for at least a month. There has been no aggressive behavior at all between them, so I am hoping it stays that way. Momo (on the right in the photo) and Ruby (on the left in the photo) have been doing very well! They are both demanding grooming so far and neither has given in willingly yet, but we make sure to give them head scratches off and on so no one gets insulted. – Sarah
Thank you for following up with me on Pearl. She is such a sweetheart and is doing extremely well. A perfect match for our family. She walked in to our house like she owned it. She spent the first night in our guest washroom and was pretty comfortable. Has been using the litter box well too. She snuggles and cuddles with all of us through the day. Loves being picked up and hugged and kissed and she reciprocates. Bought her a few toys, some she likes and others she rejected. My son built her cardboard box house that she likes to sit in, as well as shred (will probably have to build a house every couple of months). We respect her space and freedom just as she does ours. We thank you all for everything that you guys do and maybe some day we bring home a companion for pearl. – Kalpesh, Mamta & Neil
Thanks for reaching out to us! Bear is doing amazing. Our whole family is really happy with him. He is still his sweet self. He is kind, sweet and gentle. He is doing all his usual puppy things. He is quick and eager to learn. We feel very fortunate with him. He has settled in really well with us! Thanks so much! – Nicole and Family.
Sapphire & Rose
Sapphire and Rose are settling in well, and are learning our daily routine with our other Guinea Pigs. We are starting to slowly introduce them to our other girls, and have been getting used to seeing each other between the side of the cages. Overall the adjustment has been going well. Sapphire and Rose are starting to become more vocal when we walk into their room and greet us with “weeking”. They are very sweet and are showing their personalities now. We are very happy to have them part of our family. – Carleigh
Pfizer is doing great! He is everything that you described to us. At first he wasn’t the budgie we remembered when we found him and brought him to the shelter. He was very quiet, made scared chatty noises if we came near him, but thankfully within a few days he came around a lot, and now he sings all the time, and interacts with us like he’s actually enjoying it too. As far as him trusting us, I think we are at about a 6 or 7 out of 10 with him. He does eat from our hands (millet) and occasionally takes small commands to jump up on our shoulders. His favourite is jumping on our shoulders so we can walk him over to a mirror. He loves his cage, and we can clearly spot his routines already. His favourite branch, his favourite toy, his active times, and how he naps every afternoon. His cage is open from morning till night (except for when we are cooking meals). He has the choice to fly out anytime he would like, but that’s actually not very often, and it’s never for long. He soon returns to his favourite perch and is happy to watch us from there most the day. Every day he samples one new fruit and vegetable. His cage is on the main floor of our house and he can see at least one person at any given time. He rewards us with his beautiful chirping, and we think we are even hearing a few words! He says ‘meow’ and maybe ‘you come out’, and if we run water, he mimics the gurgling water noises! He loves to splash in the water on the counter around the kitchen sink. Surprisingly nothing yet has startled him, not the blender, the vacuum cleaner or the piano…he’s very easy-going. When we cover him at night he is completely silent until he is uncovered the next morning, at least 10 hours later. It’s a joy to see him in the morning. –Tracey, Sam and the rest of the family
Gracie is fitting in well with our family. There is no question that she is timid but she has lots of love to share. The first day she spent in our spare bedroom although when we went in the room and sat on the floor she was happy to come visit for some petting. She now has access to the whole house. Gracie loves to play with a wand toy. She also loves a wavy scratch pad that she uses to scratch but also loves to lay on. She loves our backdoor sliding glass doors as we call this her tv as she likes to watch what is happening in the backyard and also lay in the sunshine in the afternoon. She likes to be pet and purrs a lot. The adoption process was smooth and I don’t have any recommendations on changes. The details about Gracie that we received over the phone and answering all our questions, your team did a great job in helping us to better know Gracie even before we met her. – Nicole & Gracie
Hazel & Harriet
Minette is doing great! The family has fallen in love with her and we think she is pretty comfortable here already. She has lots of energy and loves to play. She also seems to really enjoy being carried around like a baby which my girls just love. There hasn’t been any odd behavior that we have seen. She insists on being in the same room with us at all times like you mentioned. Overall we are very very pleased with her and are grateful that you were able to match her personality to us perfectly. Our experience with OMHS was wonderful even with the Covid restrictions – I don’t think there was anything that could have been done to make the process easier or improved. -Deanna
Thank you to the wonderful foster homes she was in before and for OMHS taking such great care of her, we can’t believe how lucky we are to have her in our lives.- Shannon, Mark, Niall and Paige
Pekoe & Chai
Mr. Happy Pants
We have absolutely fallen in love with Henry! He was very shy the first few days but he came out of his shell much quicker than we expected and he has the sweetest personality. He is always on the hunt for some attention in the form of scratches, cuddles or playtime. He is still nervous of loud noises and sudden movements but we’ve seen huge improvements in his confidence already so we’re sure that won’t last forever! We spend most of our evenings taking turns playing with him until he tires out (which takes a while!) and he’s been great at sleeping through the night. When he’s lacking some much needed attention he doesn’t hesitate to tell us with one of his adorable squeaks and tends to follow us around the apartment rubbing at our legs until we get the hint and pet him. He’s fitting in so well with our family and we couldn’t be happier!
Our only feedback about the adoption process is that we were so impressed with the counsellor we spoke to about Henry before we adopted him. She was so knowledgeable and overall it was a great experience. Thank you so much!!- Sylvia & Khaled
This is long over due, but I just wanted to share how Dennis is doing. Its been less then a year since we adopted him and he has been doing fantastic. He did really well with his training. He is great with other dogs of all sizes. He goes to daycare once a week to get some of his energy out and to socialize, play and meet new friends. He has been a great addition and is personality entertains us everyday.
Mango & Joey
Hi OMHS!! Mak is doing great!! He’s such a superstar 🥰 he has been so good & is learning so much from his big brother & sister. He’s loving his walks & gets so excited when we get to the backside of the arena that’s about a quarter mile from home– ZAMBONI SNOW MOUNTAINS!!