by John Goddard
Staff Reporter

Lilly Agar could not ignore the posting.

“Franca … has become depressed at the shelter,” read the capsule description of a cat needing a home before Monday, when the Toronto Humane Society will close for renovation.

Years ago, when Agar noticed a neighbour’s dog slowly starving, she would volunteer to walk the animal and feed it on the sly. Eventually, she negotiated to buy the dog for $50 to properly care for it.

“Raise them like your children — that’s my philosophy,” Agar said Thursday of pets generally as she completed adoption papers for Franca, a fluffy white 9-year-old with a black patch over one eye.

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