Angel is a lovely girl. She's a Collie crossed with, oh I don't know, maybe a coyote or something but not one of those coyotes that hang out in coyote gangs but instead one of those city coyotes, you know, one of those coyotes that goes to brunch and orders eggs Bombay and a mochachino and reads the New Yorker while listening to Broken Social Scene. She's okay with being alone but would prefer to find that special someone with whom she can spend Sunday afternoons walking along Queen Street West and Ossington, window shopping galleries and buying ice cream cones.

I think I just wrote a personals ad for a twentysomething hipster.






Angel has just been spayed and will be up for adoption hopefully within the next couple of days. Please check the Toronto Animal Services adoption website to see when she becomes available or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.



6 Comments to “Angel - Smooth Collie”

  1. Anonymous says:

    She's a very pretty, very girly young lady. She just looks like a cuddler...

  2. MKlwr says:

    If we are playing guess-the-mix, I'd say Golden Retriever/Germah Shepherd mix. I don't see any smooth collie in there.

    She is absolutely gorgeous, though. She will definitely turn heads in the park when her lucky new owner takes her for walks.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Look at that smile! So tempted to adopt her, but I just adopted a cat from TAS recently. Maybe...maybe...

  4. Anonymous says:

    My dog,also adopted from TAS South two years ago, is very similar to this one--they could be littermates. This dog could be a border collie/retriever/shepherd mix, I think.

  5. Is she adopted yet? Can't stop thinking about this lovely lady!

  6. Fred says:

    Hi Lindsey, yes, she was adopted a few days ago. Thanks for inquiring.

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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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