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Best guess is that Harley is a Labrador Staffordshire Terrier mix. And he's ten years old. He's a mellow old guy but if you meet him, you can tell he's still got a lot of vitality and there's certainly a sparkle in his eyes.

There's no doubt that these dogs with the biggest smiles are a dying breed in Ontario. I see less and less of them every year. Shame.

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

6 Comments to “Harley - Labrador Staffordshire Terrier mix”

  1. Laura HP says:

    Aw we had Harley at the adopt-a-thon over the weekend. He's a sweetheart. I would've never guessed he was 10! He's certainly got energy for being an older boy.

  2. deva says:

    Is TAS enabled to place him in spite of his staffy bloodlines?

  3. Fred says:

    I'm surprised he's ten as well. Maybe there's a mix-up with his age.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi deva, if there's enough of a mix, then yes. In Harley's case, yes.

  5. selkiem says:

    actually, regardles, at 10 (or 7+), he's grandfathered - any dogs that have proof that they were here before that obscene (and ineffective and pointless) legislation was enacted are given a pass - with a few strings.

  6. rika says:

    A beautiful gentleman with a lovely smile.

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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.