Some of the recent Pound Dog postings for the adoptable dogs at Toronto Animal Services South have crossed many people's eyes, in large part thanks to all you readers and sharers, and it's meant those dogs have found homes quickly. That's great because as decent a shelter as TAS may be, it's not a resort for dogs and the sooner they get out and into good homes, the better. And of course the sooner they get out, the sooner other rescued dogs can be brought in. Thank you all for helping in that regard.
So, the unexpected result of having popular pups is that people are starting to fight over them and are getting upset when they are not chosen to be the owners. I'm not just talking about people making phone inquiries about specific dogs, which is great and appreciated, but the people who are getting upset to the point where they are swearing at staff and complaining to city councilors. If there were a way to express to any of the dogs in question how much they were desired, I'm sure they would be most flattered and they'd go get a trendy haircut and make a scandalous Youtube video and become famous and marry some teen fame whore and try not to end up in rehab in six months. But, human/dog communication isn't at that level yet, so the pups have to settle for loving homes, which is not settling at all, of course, because that's really all they want: loving homes.
While I'd be somewhat disappointed as well if a dog I saw online and wanted was adopted out to someone else, I'd also be happy because the dog now has a decent life. And if I were still really hoping to get a new family member sooner than later, there are so many dogs out there being fostered by rescue groups, at the Toronto Humane Society, at shelters and pounds just a little bit outside of Toronto who are waiting for homes, and many of those dogs, at least the ones in municipal pounds, are being euthanized because they're not finding homes soon enough.
It's wonderful that the Pound Dogs blog helps TAS South dogs get adopted out. It's not wonderful that it makes some people angry because they didn't get the dog they wanted. Toronto Animal Services has some great animals up for adoption but TAS is not a distributor of an exclusive product. Homeless animals are everywhere and they come in all shapes and sizes and they are all great and good and deserving. There is another dog out there waiting for you. Please don't be upset you didn't get the dog you wanted this time. You can now open up your home to another animal in need.
Here are Precious and Taffy, a lovely bonded pair of senior dogs at Dog Rescuers Inc.:
Here is Buzz, a Yorkie mix pup at Happy Tails Rescue:
Here's Ramona, a Bernese mix at Speaking of Dogs:
These are four amongst the thousands. They are all waiting.