From Rodney's owners:

Hello and holiday wishes,

We adopted Rodney in November 2010. We are happy to report that he is no longer anemic and is gaining muscles. He's a very happy boy with his two new sisters; a picture of them all together is attached. Rodney is the perfect addition to our family - he's so playful with Bella the Rottweiler/Boxer and very sweet and friendly to Michigan the German Shorthaired Pointer. As we've said to many people, we can't believe that he is a "shelter" dog because he has had no troubles fitting in and adjusting to our house. We are so pleased that you took such great care of him while he was at the Toronto Animal Services. His personality shows the love and care you gave to him. We are so appreciative.

Thank you for everything and we wish you the very holiday and all the best in the New Year






3 Comments to “Update on Rodney”

  1. Ian says:

    That`s great.
    I`m so glad new owners take the time to send you these updates and thanks for posting them.
    I enjoy the pictures and reading the update.
    It`s nice to see these happy beginnings.

  2. Laura HP says:

    Yay Rodney! He looks so perfectly at home.

  3. Lexigore says:

    I'm a volunteer dog trainer/walker at T.A.S and I fell SO in love with Rodney!
    I'm very, very glad to see he's gained weight, his anemia is gone and he's found a forever home with two other dogs and a human who knows that couches are for dogs!
    Thank you for this update. My heart is overflowing with happiness.

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A request

The reason for this blog is to help get specific dogs adopted from TAS but equally important is to try to normalize the idea of shelter dogs being just as good and just as desirable as any other dogs including those which are regularly merchandised by backyard breeders, puppy millers and those few remaining pet store owners who still feel a need to sell live animals. The single greatest stigma shelter animals still face is the belief that shelter animals are substandard animals. Anyone who has had enough experience with shelter animals knows this is untrue but the general public hasn't had the same experiences you've had. They see a nice dog photo in a glossy magazine and too many of them would never think of associating that dog with a dog from a shelter. After all, no one abandons perfectly good dogs, right? Unfortunately, as we all know, perfectly good dogs are abandoned all the time.

The public still too often associates shelter dogs with images of beat up, sick, dirty, severely traumatized animals and while we definitely sometimes see victims such as these, they are certainly not the majority and, regardless, even the most abused animals can very often be saved and made whole again.

Pound Dogs sometimes discusses the sad histories some of the dogs have suffered. For the most part, though, it tries to present the dogs not as victims but as great potential family members. The goal is to raise the profiles of animals in adoption centers so that a potential pet owner sees them as the best choice, not just as the charity choice.

So, here's the favour I'm asking. Whenever you see a dog picture on these pages you think is decent enough, I'd like you to consider sharing it on Facebook or any other social media sites you're using (I know many of you do this already and thank you for that). And when you share it, please mention that the dog in the photo is a shelter dog like so many other shelter dogs waiting for a home. If we can get even five percent of the pet buying public to see shelter dogs differently, to see how beautiful they are and how wonderful they are, and to consider shelter dogs as their first choice for a new family member, we can end the suffering of homeless pets in this country.
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