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I quite often see police officers at TAS South checking out the adoptable dogs. It's kind of heartwarming to see these armed men in their flack jackets gushing over the dogs.

Two officers were especially interested in Tito as I was taking photos of him the other day and Tito soaked up their attention. The only time Tito ever really left their sides was when passers by stopped to ask for directions (I suspect officers get asked for directions a lot cuz it wasn't me) and then Mister Casanova would be sidling up to the strangers for more affection.

We ended up talking for a bit and I learned that one of the two officers had just adopted a dog from TAS a few weeks ago. He pulled out his smart phone and proudly showed me some of the dozens of photos he had of his new family member. Now he was bringing his partner around who also wanted to adopt.

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

2 Comments to “Tito - Labrador mix”

  1. deva says:

    Surprised no one has commented on this handsome boy. The socks and the blaze are priceless. Hoping that TAS doesn't have "black dog syndrome". I think he's a great looking chap.

  2. rika says:

    Yes, he's very handsome indeed. Hope he finds a home soon!

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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.