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The hockey game is done and the crowds exit the stadium beside Toronto Animal Services. I've got Georgie with me and I'm trying to find a spot to take her photo where we aren't in the midst of the throng.

I find a spot and pull out my camera. After a few shots, someone comes up from behind and asks if she can pet my dog. Without looking around, I explain that Georgie is from the shelter but sure she can pet her.

The girl turns out to be a high school student. She steps around me, pets Georgie and starts to coo over her. Then there's a surge from behind me and suddenly there are at least a dozen of the girl's classmates all trying to do the same. Georgie is being swarmed and I'm worried until I look down and realize she's luxuriating in all the attention.

The high schoolers ooh and ahh and offer up all sorts of wisdom on how to take care of Georgie. At least five of them say they want to take her home. Then, a few minutes later, their bus arrives and they're gone.

For adoption information on this dog and other dogs (and cats and other animals), please visit Toronto Animal Services.

1 Comment to “Georgie - German Shepherd mix”

  1. Biscuit says:

    All the dogs smile for Fred.

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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.