City of Toronto  

Living in TorontoDoing businessVisiting TorontoAccessing City Hall
All news releases
Last 30 days
By month
Archived news release by year
  2012 - 2011 - 2010
  2009 - 2008 - 2007
  2006 - 2005 - 2004
  2003 - 2002 - 2001
  2000 - 1999 - 1998
RSS identifier linked to feed RSS
May 4, 2012
Two dogs from Iran up for adoption in Toronto
Nancy and Sepehr, two medium-sized dogs, arrived in Toronto from Iran on April 5 and are now ready to be adopted together into a loving home.

In March, Humane Society International asked Toronto Animal Services to take the dogs. They were among 15 dogs that a local shelter in Iran had seized from a dilapidated zoo there earlier this year.

The Iranian shelter took care of the 15 dogs temporarily but could not put them up for adoption in Iran because the country had recently considered banning pet ownership. Humane Society International made arrangements with cities around the world to transport the dogs out of the country - including two that were delivered to Toronto.

In Toronto, once an Animal Services veterinarian checked the two dogs' medical history to confirm vaccinations and test for parasites, Animal Services agreed to help Nancy and Sepehr find a home.

Both dogs have undergone procedures to fix minor dental problems and are now ready for adoption. Nancy and Sepehr are both about eight years old. Nancy is a spayed female and Sepehr is a neutered male. They are happy dogs, social with people and in good health.

The two dogs have bonded and need to find a loving, life-long home together. Anyone interested in adopting Nancy and Sepehr can contact Animal Services at 416-338-PAWS (7297).

Images of the dogs are available at

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.7 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media Contact
Bruce Hawkins
Senior Communications Coordinator



Toronto maps | Get involved | Toronto links
© City of Toronto 1998-2019