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Leo's got this thing where he'll stare at someone and if they look back at him, he barks but it's not an aggressive bark. It's a "now that you see me, why the heck aren't you over here petting me?" bark. Leo has to learn that the world doesn't revolve around him. Or maybe it does. Who knows?

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

4 Comments to “Leo - Beagle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    That is so cute! Sounds like my dog :-)

  2. Ahhh what a CUTIE!!! Say Fred I was considering volunteering a a dog walker at the TAS. I found an application online and they are asking for two references. What do you need to get accepted. I don't have any training other than walking my own dogs,(which I adopted from the TAS, we are going on 3 happy years with one and 1.5 years with the other). I really would LOVE to give back to the shelter that gave me so much! Any advice that you can share would be appreciated.


  3. Fred says:

    Hi Harlem Star, I think you've got all the experience you need for volunteering. Basically, if you've got a desire to help and most of the time you're somewhat sane (and "somewhat" is negotiable of course), you're good to go. If you want, send me an email after you've applied and I can give you some pointers.

  4. Oh great, thanks so much. I am looking forward to it. I think it will be a rewarding experience for me.

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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.