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From Penny's new owners:

Thanks for all of your help in our adoption of Miz Penny. She is awesome and has fit in well with our family; even Gramma adores her! No big probs with other dogs, just remaining consistent with her. We love her! Will send photos periodically. Thanks to you all for taking good care of her until we found each other!

3 Comments to “Update on Penny”

  1. Biscuit says:

    Oh, look at Penny with her boy! I'm so happy for her. She has the nicest, biggest smile.

  2. Sheryl says:

    Yay, Penny. My husband and I were actually going to go take our dog down to meet her and adopt her if they got along. The day before our planned visit, we found a lump on Tula's belly and rushed her to the vet... where they found she had a heart murmur. Days of tests and a huge vet bill later, she's fine, but by the time we got our heads right, Penny had already been adopted.

    Really, really glad to see that she's doing great and apparently has a boy to call her own.

  3. So glad for Penny and her boy!

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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.