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The Toronto Animal Services South Adopt-a-Thon at Dufferin Grove this past weekend was a huge success. I don't have the exact numbers but dozens of animals including hamsters, gerbils, cats and dogs found new homes.

Keva was adopted as was Keaton though Keaton is still with me for a day or two until his tummy gets sorted out (had a bit of the runs the last couple of days). I'll miss seeing him every day but I think Smitten might miss him more once she realizes he's gone. I'm very happy with his new family, though, especially since they're in the neighbourhood.

This little girl below, a Chug?, a Pughuahua? was also grabbed up. She's a precocious little whippersnapper who obviously charmed someone to bits. When I was walking her, we passed Rocky, a very big Doberman Pinscher, and without hesitation she stood up on her hind legs and started giving him kisses on his face. He returned the favour and she came away happy and with a very drenched head.

Thanks to everyone who put on the event and congrats to all the wonderful new pet owners.

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

6 Comments to “Toronto Animal Service Adopt-a-thon success”

  1. Laura HP says:

    The woman who adopted the pug mix came back on Sunday with her to say how well she fit into the family....that dog was so comfortable with her, it looked like they'd been together forever. They'd even taken her to Woofstock!

    Four dogs, two rabbits and eight hamsters were's just the cats we haven't finished processing. There were at least 15 but probably more. More importantly, our two longest-term cats were adopted! Nixie had been waiting almost a year, Nala had been waiting for 8 months, and some amazing person adopted them together.
    I think this event is going to lead to a lot of good things in the future...thanks for bringing Keaton on Saturday!

  2. rika says:

    Fantastic news. Well done you guys!

  3. Anonymous says:

    This little girl looks like a great dog for someone. Small, sure, but look at the bright eyes and the athletic build! If I wasn't at my legal limit, she'd be on a flight out now....

  4. Biscuit says:

    I'm so glad Nixie found a home!

  5. Laura HP says:

    Final count: 32 adoptions - 19 cats, 3 dogs, 2 rabbits and 8 hamsters!
    Plus over $500 in donations!

  6. Anouk says:

    Hurray! Job well done and the animals win!

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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.