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So, there's that big honkin' facebook banner at the top of this page now which will take you to the new Pound Dogs facebook page and if you click "Like" you'll get up-to-date information on the dogs up for adoption. At least that's the idea - since I've been getting more and more questions about the dogs posted on this blog here like when they're going into adoption or if they're picky eaters or if they got better than a B+ average on their math tests.

I guess we'll have to see how this works out, if I can maintain the facebook page so that it has some relevancy

Or I might just use it to link to laughing baby videos.

I don't know. Sometimes it's all just a crapshoot.

5 Comments to “On facebook now”

  1. Pet Lover says:

    No I request you to run the Face-book Page, Will surely Get popular.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh, dear. Is this the end of the blog altogether? Do I have to join Facebook? I sure hope not...

  3. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, this blog will continue. I've just added the facebook page for anyone interested. I'm hoping it'll be another venue to spread more info on the dogs up for adoption.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Isn't that Smitten in your FB profile picture? :)

  5. Fred says:

    Hi purplemagpiesnest, yup it's Smitty. Good eye!

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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.