A wonderful letter from the owner of Elton (now Teddy):




I am so happy with the wonderful treatment I received from the Toronto Animal Services. James was excellent, honest, funny, caring and accommodating. The other lady I saw on Jan 11th was excellent in communicating some needed information re another dog that affected my decision to adopt him. She had black hair and was great.

I’d like to say after exactly 48 hours of Teddy (aka Elton) being in his NEW HOME, Teddy (aka Elton) has made a fabulous adjustment since being adopted at 12 noon on Thurs. Jan. 17, 2013. He is affectionate beyond words and has greeted his public in Oakville (my friends) with whom he behaved as if they were his long lost relatives.

He has not barked once (Yay!!!). He has a voracious appetite. He poops outside (4 times). I know you really needed to know this info.

I realize he just may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but that’s okay since I have a specialist degree in Teaching Slo Learners. We’re up to 30 repeats of sit but we’re still working on it!

He’s getting groomed (with permission) this pm so he’ll now look even better.

Thank you so much. I know how lucky I am to get such a wonderful dog. I love him to bits already and can’t simply understand someone not going to any length to locate this gem. Maybe he was meant for me.

Thank you James so, so so very much. You are well suited and a perfect person for this job. I hope you get a raise! Please let me know if you have any other “small” gems like Teddy B. and I may consider another adoption. (Don’t tell my friends this).

If you are ever having a reunion of the adopted pets or any other such crazy events I’d be happy to come, help or participate even though I’m in Oakville. Keep me in mind. I’m very creative and out there (so some say) and could help reel in the potential adopters, maybe!



2 Comments to “Update on Elton”

  1. NK says:

    It's so nice to read such joyful news, it really starts the day off in the right direction!

  2. Anonymous says:

    So nice to read about Teddy (aka Elton) and his wonderful new home! And the name Teddy suits him so well! Has princess found a home yet?

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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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