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I don't think I met Oscar. Must've got adopted out before I had a chance to take his photo. Too bad. This guy has got a seriously cute mug.

From his new owners:

We came in and saw you at the EX on Sunday. I was telling you about how thrilled we are with our little puppy and you had asked me to send you some photos. Well, we had enrolled our little Oscar in puppy school at Pet Smart and last night was the graduation so I thought I'd send you the photos we took. There are quite a few here including photos of other puppies in the class. Ours was the only rescue dog but there were really some beautiful puppies in the class so I thought I may as well send you all of the pics. I hope you like them!

Thanks again for our puppy. We're over the moon with him. Whoever fostered him did a wonderful job too. :)

2 Comments to “Update on Oscar”

  1. Congratulations on finding such a lovely home, Oscar! May you and your new owners have long, healthy and happy lives together!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Fred, thanks for putting a smile on my face again. I lost my little Oscar last year so nice to see another little Oscar healthy and happy with a lovely family.

    I am still hoping too I will see an update on the unnamed Husky pup from July that I fell in love with. Gosh I hope he went to a good home.

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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.