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Cruddy day for dogs at TAS-S today. Last night I learned that Cloud had been returned. His new owner, who lived in a condo building, couldn't get Cloud to go pee outside. Cloud would hold it until he was back inside and then go on the carpet in the condo. I think who ever ends up with Cloud will need a backyard to make the training easier. Cloud will be much more comfortable in an enclosed outside space where he won't have to run away from noises and other scary things.

At least two of the dogs at TAS-S had parvo (brought it into the facility) and at least one of them had to be euthanized already. They were in Room 2 so all the dogs in that room, and there are quite a few of them, are quarantined until there is an all clear which might be days away. The cleaning is constant and the smell of bleach is everywhere.

Another dog was brought in this morning, left abandoned at a veterinary clinic and it's been throwing up non-stop. This dog is in Room 1 so hopefully it doesn't have anything contagious. It would really suck to have the dogs in Room 1 quarantined as well. This dog, a doe eyed yellow Lab, will need to see a vet immediately.

Perhaps the worst news is that the Jack Russell Terrier who came in all covered in bite punctures tried to bite two people today. This is the first time it's done anything like that so I think something is triggering it - maybe too much accumulated pent-up energy, maybe staring at the big dog across the corridor for too long. Plus the JRT has started coughing. So, with the biting and coughing, it's been moved to quarantine room (not the parvo room) to be checked out by the vet and further assessed.

1 Comment to “Today, not so good”

  1. rika says:

    Hang in there, guys. Sending good vibes to you.

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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.