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From the new owners of Coby, now Charles:

We all just wanted to give you a shout and say hi and thanks for all the hard work you do with TAS. I also wanted to give an update on Charles (formerly Coby) and to encourage all who read your blog to strongly consider adopting from TAS. When I met Charles, I couldn't believe what a sweet an wonderful boy he was, and since we've come together we can't imagine a more perfect dog. He really is one of those once in a lifetime partners and we feel so lucky to have him in our lives. He is such a thoughtful guy and is kind and gentle with everything including a 4 week old kitten (he was helping to take care of one at the vet clinic a couple weekends back). All it takes to keep him happy are morning snuggles, afternoon naps, a head scratch here and there, and then a few walks thrown in between. He is such a genuinely good spirited guy, and I know that many more must come through TAS. I can't imagine not having him in our lives and I hope that everyone can get a chance to find a dog like him. I know that the best place to start is at Animal Services as it seems these dogs are immensely grateful for all of the love and affection they do receive. I've attached a photo, courtesy of, that we took at Woofstock this year. Aside from going to festivals, he enjoys his runs in the park and adventures through the city. He also has some TAS friends at our clinic, including the "Gremlin" from March 25th (who is now Earl). There's no other place I'd go for a pet now that I've met all of these.

1 Comment to “Update on Coby”

  1. mel says:

    Gremlin! I'd been waiting for that alien to show up on the TAS website and it never happened. So happy to see the monkey was adopted :)

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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.