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Bentley, a ten month old Maltese Terrier, came in with his sibling. Yup, another pair of abandoned mini dogs found the same week as these two. Any more lost pairs and I'll begin to suspect it's a conspiracy of a-holes who don't even have the decency to drop their unwanted pets off at the shelter.

"Just shoo them out the door, honey. They'll be fine."

Maybe there's an idiot owners conference in town.

Anyway, Bentley is with TAS South now while his sib, Dash, has been transferred to Happy Tails Rescue and his adoption page is here. They weren't as bonded as the other two lost ones so separating them will give them a better chance at being adopted sooner than later.

Though small and ubercute and great with people, Bentley is like a little lion with other dogs and he does like to roar out his displeasure (okay, it's more yelp than roar) so apartment living is probably not for him.

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

1 Comment to “Bentley - Maltese Terrier mix”

  1. rika says:

    The last picture is just great! I bet he'll be out in no time.

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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.