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The CNE is back and as always when the CNE is in town, access to Toronto Animal Services is tricky. This year, from what I hear, though you might want to confirm this if you are thinking about going in, the animals aren't being transferred out and there will be limited access to the facility for adoption meet and greets and pick-ups. This might change so call before heading out.

And if you do go and decide to stroll the CNE as well, I hear you should try out the Krispy Kreme donut hamburger: a greasy, smashed burger, factory cheese, some token lettuce and tomato between two KK donuts.

(original photo here)

If you do get one, you might want to run ten k with your dog before you eat again so you don't get a heart attack the next morning.

3 Comments to “CNE time”

  1. Laura HP says:

    From what I hear, the gate people are being unusually cooperative and actually letting people through to adopt. Nice change! Hopefully that lasts through the whole event.

  2. I had to bring fosters back to TAS South during the Ex one year, and it was quite a performance to get in (and I was lugging a carrier of kittens, not something one carries around the Ex) and I was limited to an hour.

    This means no pictures for a couple of weeks? Ack, I"ll go into withdrawal!

  3. Fred says:

    I think I've got a couple more pics to post but then, yeah, nothing for a while.

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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.

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