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256 Sheppard Ave. West
Toronto, ON M2N 1N3
(416) 222-5409

Rain or shine, you could hear the pitter patter of paw prints all the way from Yonge St to Jarvis on both Wellington and Front Streets.  June 9th and 10th were the dates for Toronto’s 2012 Summer Woofstock and to say it was a success would not be giving the weekend it’s due credit.

For the fourth year in a row, the Downtown Animal Hospital participated with one of the festival’s most popular booths.  Due to construction, our usual locale on lower Church Street was not available, so we were nestled in between booths on Wellington St just west of Church St.   Using their keen sense of smell, our canine friends sought us out for refreshing chicken flavoured sno-cones to help beat the unbearable heat that Mother Nature brought down on us.

In addition to the electrolyte replacing sno-cones for dogs, we were promoting oral hygiene awareness with samples of dental diets and treats designed to help with plaque and tartar.  When discussing dental health and your pet (it is important for both cats and dogs), brushing their teeth is the most effective way to tackle the age old problem of gingivitis, plaque and tartar.  Samples of toothpaste, toothbrushes and a water additive were given, as well as instructions and tips given to make brushing a pleasant experience for you and your furry friend.

While we did have items for sale, we were also raising money for the Farley Foundation.  As described on their website (, the Farley Foundation was ‘established by the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA) in 2002, the Farley Foundation (a registered charity) assists people in need by subsidizing the cost of veterinary care for the pets that mean the world to them.’

This is a charity that the Downtown Animal Hospital has worked with for many years because of the phenomenal work that they do for both owners and their pets.  Just like in years past, we were offering the sno-cones and the sample packets for a donation to the Farley Foundation, and in doing so we managed to raise upwards of $800.  What was most touching were the amount of pet owners that, upon seeing our sign, came over to thank us for helping to raise money for Farley Foundation and share with us their story of how the wonderful people at this charity saved their pets’ lives.

All in all, it was a celebration not only for dogs (and cats) but those who love them as well.  As with every year, it is always sad to see Woofstock come to an end, but it also brings the anticipation of how the next year will be able to top the current one.

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