Coby, an outgoing, happy dog, came in with Toonie (yesterday's post) and along with Toonie was left abandoned in an apartment for five days before being discovered.

For adoption information on this and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.



6 Comments to “Coby - Cocker Spaniel Golden Retriever mix”

  1. Ian says:

    Both beautiful dogs.
    What is the matter with some people?
    How difficult is it to call a Rescue or surrender them at a Shelter if you don`t want them anymore?
    I hope charges can be pressed against people who do this type of thing.
    Man I wish people wouldn`t get dogs unless they view it as a lifetime commitment.

  2. Cathrine says:

    Just curious: i assume that the previous occupant of the apartment is known. Can s/he be tracked down and charged with abuse?

  3. Fred says:

    The guy who owned the apartment, and presumably the dogs, disappeared. No trace of him.

  4. Samantha says:

    Has this dog been adopted?

  5. Fred says:

    Hi Samantha, Coby just got adopted yesterday. I think his name is Charles now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    my dog looks just like that, its amazing!!!! and of course she is a cocker golden retriver, we call her a half cocked retriever she is packed with attitude but still super sweet

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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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