Who is Toby?
Toby, a 13-year-old Australian Shepherd, is Foothills Animal Shelter’s official Mascot and the inspiration behind Toby’s Pet Parade & Fair.
In April of 2015 Toby was found running around the streets of Westminster when a kind man stopped on his way to work to help the wandering dog. At first glance, he didn’t notice what was around the dog’s muzzle until he got closer. To his horror, it was taped shut. He and his wife quickly took off the tape, gave Toby water, and called Westminster Animal Control to the scene. As a partner of the Shelter, Westminster Animal Control then brought Toby directly to Foothills Animal Shelter for the medical treatment and TLC he so desperately needed.
Upon arriving it was obvious to the Shelter’s medical staff that Toby was dangerously malnourished and dehydrated. Like many medically-fragile pets that are not ready for adoption, Toby went into the Shelter’s foster care program; giving him the extra time and care he so badly needed to recover.
His foster family brought him to the Shelter each day where he was able to hang out with staff and visitors, for extra love and attention. Despite enduring abuse and neglect, Toby’s loving nature and cuddly spirit prevailed, and he quickly became adored by volunteers and staff alike. After several months in foster care, Toby was adopted and became the official Mascot of Foothills Animal Shelter!
Like the stories of the thousands of pets we care for every year, Toby’s heartwarming journey truly encompasses the mission of Foothills Animal Shelter. To honor his remarkable tale, Toby is now the namesake of the Shelter’s largest annual event. Every year the community celebrates, Toby’s Pet Parade and Fair, raising support, animal humane awareness, and critical funds for the life-saving work of Foothills Animal Shelter and the homeless pets just like Toby that we serve.