Gretchen is a stick connoisseur and she'd very much like to share her hobby with a new BFF.

Gretchen is at TAS North.





The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 8723 for the Toronto Animal Services North shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



Cindy is a nicely trained German Shepherd who is calm, attentive and well-mannered. She was obviously cared for and is wondering why she's now living in a cage at the shelter.





The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



When Tucker's owners turned him in, he was in rough shape, urinating blood and going downhill. He's all good now but he's looking for a home which will welcome an older, calmer gent. Tucker is at Toronto Animal Services West.





Here he is walking with Ashley. Great on leash:


Here he is getting some luvin':


The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



There are a couple of older dogs over at TAS West who have been waiting for a while now for someone to notice them and take them home. So, Ashley - expectant mother and dog rescuer extraordinaire with T.E.A.M. dog rescue - and I decided to head over there and spend some time with them.

Here's Maverick, a handsome ten year German Shepherd who still has the energy of a dog half his age. He got his tail chopped off at some point so now he's got a stubby. He's extremely alert and likes to have something to do and you can tell he's always thinking about stuff being the smart GSD that he is. Maverick is an older dog who will definitely be able to learn new tricks.




Here he is walking with Ashley. He's walking ahead of her but keeping pace and not pulling. Not bad for no formal training on his part:


And here he is chillin':



The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



From the owner of Rose (now Foxy):

I think this girl is probably one of the best dogs i have ever met! i feel like i've always had her. She is very well mannered, and a great walker on the leash. I learned this morning she loves to chase birds and squirrels and wants to befriend all the doggies walking by. She is just a wonderfully natured girl. She gets compliments from everyone on how good she is. We just love her sooo much!







From the owners of Ralphie:

Oh my gosh, I love this guy. I took him today for a teeth brush, bath, nails cut, ears clean.

We've left him gradually- up to four hours so far and he's been great- UnCRATED!!!

I took him for a run last night and got him galloping! He's doing so well in his leash- he walks with leash slack with me now!! He seems to be most attached to me and is by my side. He also listens to me- very good with commands :) We love him so much!! Thank you thank you thank you! He makes me so happy, more than I can explain- he's very therapeutic!! Even the people at the spa say he's so gentle!! I could go on.





This is what it's all about. From the owner of Madison (now Jane):

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know how well Madison (her new name is Jane) is doing. She shares a home with Tiger the boxer (3 yr old), and they are inseparable. She is as playful as ever, and much more trusting (of men, specifically) than when we first met her. This is her first summer with us, and she has turned into an excellent swimmer.









Bambi was found running along the Don Trail in Toronto. I'm glad whoever it is that's been skinning and dumping beaver bodies down there in the Trail didn't see her first as she does have a certain deer-like quality about her.

Bambi is young and energetic and probably would enjoy more runs along the Don Trails, preferably with a human companion alongside.





The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



Whiskey has a very gentle demeanor. He's a Husky but I get the feeling he'd rather be sniffing around the park or hanging out on the sofa than pulling a sled across the arctic - kind of like how people were made to be hunter gatherers, living in caves and butt naked and yet here we are with smartphones, universal healthcare and clean, soft surfaces upon which to lie.




The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.



Eva is a melt in your hands Beagle. Her chin resting in the palm of my hands, her ears flowing over my fingers, they don't get any sweeter than this.




The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.





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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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