Toronto Animal Services South recently accepted four dogs rescued from a high kill shelter in Georgia to assist with their adoptions. All their transport and medical costs were privately funded by some generous donors, especially by rescuer extraordinaire, Ashley Hyslop, who also wrote the following:

These beautiful dogs once had very little hope of finding a happy ending. They were picked up and brought into a county kill shelter in southern Georgia where their fate looked very grim. Before June 15th, 2012 every dog that entered this shelter never left! The county paid to have every dog euthanized in order to decrease their stray population and ‘get rid’ of the ones that were abandoned as they didn’t have an adoption program or hadn’t started working with rescues.

June 15th, 2012, the Paws for Hope and Faith foundation stepped in and finally gave this county shelter and all the dogs at the shelter hope. Long story short – these four gorgeous dogs have traveled over 1500 miles from Southern Georgia in order to find the love and happiness that comes with a forever home that they so desperately deserve.

These four have already won the hearts of the TAS staff and volunteers. Kiki is a gentle soul. She is very laid back and super sweet. Shadow is a bundle of love. She is so happy go lucky. Chipper and Todd are sweethearts.

They will be available for adoption beginning this weekend at the Leaside Petsmart Adoptathon (Eglinton/Laird). Please consider giving them their happy ending! A life is a life.

Thank you to TAS South for not only helping local animals find their happy endings but also reaching across the border and giving hope to ones that wouldn't have been given a chance otherwise!


Over the next four days, I'll post up one Georgia dog per day as I get their images edited.

Today, we've got Chipper with his most excellent striping. Chipper reminds me of Tigger, the Winnie the Pooh character. Chipper is just as friendly and just as bouncy.





4 Comments to “Chipper - Plott Hound”

  1. deva says:

    Chipper is a beauty. Kudos to TAS and to Ashley for helping Georgia dogs. As the proud owner of an Alabambino, I know that there are southern shelters where there is no hope at all. It warmed my heart to see these pups welcomed to TAS. I know they will find good homes shortly, and I hope some of these cross-border relationships may continue to flourish.

  2. MKlwr says:

    The wonderful thing about Chippers
    Is Chippers are wonderful things!
    Their tops are made out of rubber
    Their bottoms are made out of springs!
    They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy
    Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun!
    But the most wonderful thing about Chippers is
    I'm the only one

  3. Fred says:

    MKlwr, I can't believe you remembered that poem. Excellent!

  4. MKlwr says:

    I saw an ad once for one of the Winnie the Pooh movies that featured it (10+ years ago) and it literally pops into my head every time I see the word Tigger...

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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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