Last week, Toronto Animal Services South got 17 dogs from the big Anishnabe speuter/rescue mission organized by Animal Rescue Corp. I'll let the video do the explaining.



Here's a quick preview of some of the ones we got. Oh yeah, puppies.




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



13 Comments to “17 Anishnabe Dogs at Toronto Animal Services”

  1. deva says:

    I hope all goes well for these pups. Is there a listing somewhere of who the other partner organisations are?

  2. Fred says:

    deva, not that I'm aware of but I'm sure if you contact ARC, they will know.

  3. rika says:

    Wonderful, just wonderful.

  4. Kat says:

    This sounds like a great story. I'm wondering about the various elements that led to such a dog over-population in the first place. I suspect it is a number of things (for example I have heard rural native communities get a lot of dogs 'dumped' on them from the city). Just because that will make a huge difference as to whether this project will be sustainable. I just really hope this is a lasting difference so the community is not back to square one in a year.

  5. SA MVH says:

    Talk about doing your bit.

  6. NK says:

    Boy, if this doesn't inspire people, nothing will! Once again, I can't get over how well behaved these semi-feral animals are.

  7. Fred says:

    NK, the ones I've met so far are all very well behaved. The mother of these pups is especially gentle.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Amazing work, you should also check out the Canadian Animal Assistance Team(CAAT)who does similar work in northern communities and out west. Do you know when the puppies/dogs would be available for adoption or if they have a foster-adopt program?

  9. Fred says:

    Anon, the dogs will be up for adoption very shortly as long as they are speutered. I'll identify them as their profiles go up here on the blog and hopefully TAS will specify on the adoption website where the dogs are from.

  10. Anonymous says:

    Thanks

  11. I'm in awe of what ARC did. And very proud that TAS could help.

  12. Nice snaps with detailed information through video. Thnaks for sharing.

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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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