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update (11-06-16) Kilo has been found.

(message from Toronto Humane Society)

Earlier this week we had an unfortunate incident occur when a foster dog ran away from his temporary home. That pooch is Kilo, a black and tan-coloured mastiff mix, weighing approximately 30 kg (pictured). He was lost in the St. Clair and O'Connor area in Toronto.

Three-year-old Kilo was surrendered to us in early March with a broken leg which has been healing well. He also suffers from a torn shoulder, which is why he was put in foster care.

Kilo's foster parents as well as staff and concerned Toronto Humane Society supporters are now on the search for him but we need your help.

Here are some ways you can assist:
• If you see Kilo, please contact us and let us know where you spotted him. (Do not attempt to restrain the dog yourself).
• Spread the word to your friends and family and ask them to be on the lookout for Kilo or if they think they've spotted him.
• If you or someone you know will be out and about this weekend print out a photo of Kilo and ask people in park or other common dog walking areas if they've seen him.
• Go virtual with this message and again share Kilo's details with your friends and family and ask them to help with the search.

If you or someone you know has spotted Kilo or has any information on the dog's whereabouts please contact the Toronto Humane Society. During operating hours you can reach us at 416-392-2273 (press "0" for the front desk). If your call is after hours, please leave a message at ext. 2145 or 2248.

Preventative measures

If you are a dog owner yourself, the Toronto Humane Society would like to take this opportunity to remind you of tips that can help prevent your animal companion from running away from home.

These include making sure your yard is escape-proof; if any spaces need to be fixed, don't delay. Train your dog to respect your commands; no dog should be allowed to bolt out a door, even to a fenced area. Teach him to sit while the door is being opened, and to not go out until you give him a release. Your dog should also wear a visible tag at all times with your contact information on it.

5 Comments to “Lost dog: Help us find Kilo”

  1. deva says:

    Is there any update on this boy? Any sightings of him?

  2. Fred says:

    Not that I've heard.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I saw Kilo on Friday a.m. (June 10) around 10 & then about an hour later in the Taylor Creek ravine close to Don Mills Road & O'Connor Drive. He had a very pronounced limp, but was travelling at a good clip along one of the footpaths down there. He wasn't the least bit interested in me or my dogs - he seemed to be on a mission. He was moving so purposefully that by the time I realized he wasn't out with his human, he was long gone. On our way home I looked for lost dog posters (none) & asked the few folks I ran into if they'd seen or heard anything about an injured & missing dog. (nope)

    I didn't know his back story then, but called this sighting in to THS yesterday when I read your post, Fred. The woman took the info. & told me that as far as she knew he was still missing. I wish I'd read this sooner.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I sent an e-mail to THS and they responded that Kilo had been found.

  5. Fred says:

    That's great news!

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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.