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According to an OSPCA volunteer on Facebook, Rocky has been adopted.

4 Comments to “Nice job”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Thank you.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Poor baby...what a sweetheart! Doesn't look like he was being fed too regularly either...his hipbones were jutting out. Look, I know what it's like to be in a tough financial situation...I'm in one myself right now but when your dog's health is compromised to that degree (and this was not one of those hidden health problems, you could obviously see his distress) you have to find some way to get help for him. My last dog died 2 and a half years ago and believe me, I want a dog sooooooo bad right now. I go through the rescue websites and read your blog every day, looking at all the beautiful dogs up for adoption and it kills me but I know I have to wait until I'm in a better place, money-wise, before I can take on the responsibility. You just never know when a problem like Rocky's will come up & you have to be ready for it.

  3. Flossy says:

    I cried when I saw this. This is what it has to come to for someone to be able to rescue a dog....we have to get the laws changed for, water, shelter is not enough!!

  4. Erin says:

    I watched this when it first aired. I cried then and I cried now. I am so glad to hear he's been adopted and no doubt has gone to a home full of love and care.

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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.