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TAS South will not be accepting any animals for adoption for the next two weeks while the CNE is on because access to the facility is too uncertain, so no new photos until the dogs start coming in again. Hmm, what will I do with myself ...

10 Comments to “CNE interruptus”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi Fred, The question is: what will we do without you?
    I believe that often your photo is the deciding factor in bringing people in to TAS south to adopt. Is there any chance you could bring your magic to another of TAS's shelters over the next couple of weeks? I'd love to get to know another location.
    Sorry to be so inconsiderate when you must need a break. Just a thought.

  2. Nadine says:

    I think you should work on getting your blog into a daily newspaper! I am sure the adoption rate would soar once they got a look at your 'uber cute' doggy photos!

  3. Laura HP says:

    Well, there won't be any new DOGS...there are always new animals in the other departments!
    Enjoy your break Fred!

  4. Anonymous says:

    For those us of not in the area..What is "CNE"?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Or, alternately, you could do street essays, about the dogs you meet every day, or follow up on a couple of the dogs from past postings, or even a greatest hits listing or a couple of guest posters or....

    Two weeks without this blog will be rough!

  6. Fred says:

    Laura, are they still accepting new cats and small domestics? Sorry, I didn't realize. Have you been able to get in?

    royalcoonhounds, the CNE is the Canadian National Exhibition which comes around at this time every year for 2 - 3 weeks. It's a large fair and it takes over the whole area surrounding TAS South. With all the rides and exhibits, it's difficult to walk the dogs and there's very limited public access for potential adopters so this year TAS-S is holding off on accepting any new adoptable dogs for the duration.

    Anon, I'll still be posting some stuff, just no new TAS dog pics for a while.

  7. Laura HP says:

    Well, there are too many cats to be able to foist responsibility off on the other shelters. I think they're trying not to accept anymore than they have to, but inevitably more come in. I think it's unlikely we'll get new small animals since those usually come to us through surrenders, but we do have a full house that needs attention and socializing.
    The shelter gave me a pass to get into the Ex. They have passes for a bunch of volunteers, I know some dog walkers have been coming in. You could probably get in too if you wanted to - but it is pretty crazy there right now, might be nice to get away for a bit!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Ah, thank you!

  9. Both me and my clients at CAMH who participate in my pet therapy with Clacker will miss you! While they groom and talk to Clacker I show them your pics from the past week. They just melt away and I've never seen bigger smiles and calmer dispositions...thank you, and looking forward to your return...

  10. Fred says:

    thecravinglife, Seriously? Well, very glad to be of help.

    BTW, nice pics of Clacker and Shorty on your site. I wonder if Shorty's ever met Stella once upon a time at Trinity Bellwoods.

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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.