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(cross post from Toronto Humane Society)

Hercules is a 10 years young Jack Russell Terrier with an indomitable spirit who is very patiently waiting for a place to call his own. The Toronto Humane Society is working hard to find him a forever home but people keep passing him by. While he’s been at the THS he’s had a small taste of fame: visiting Ann Rohmers on Animal House Calls and also being featured in a Cause 4 Paws newsletter. Santa even dropped by to visit him in December! Thanks to some dedicated THS volunteers who just adore him, the mighty Hercules is enjoying his YouTube debut (see ).

Hercules may have limited hearing but that doesn't stop him from enjoying life! He is eager to be with people and loves going for walks. All Hercules wants and needs is a peaceful happy home to give him the sense of stability he’s been craving.

Hercules is one very smart fellow. His intelligence combined with the tenacity so common to terriers means that his adopter will need to be consistent and not let Hercules outsmart them!

A cat free house or apartment is what he’s looking for. Hercules gets along with most other dogs but really, “handsome Herc” is at his happiest with the company of humans.

If you think you could give Hercules the forever home he so clearly deserves, please contact the Toronto Humane Society.

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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.