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A few weeks ago, while walking Simone, I noticed a found dog poster on a nearby lamppost. I've seen lots of lost animal posters around the neighbourhood but that was the first time I'd ever noticed a found poster.

It makes sense, though, that found posters aren't common. It takes someone who really cares about an animal to go make and put up a bunch of found dog posters for a dog who doesn't even belong to the person. Most people, if they do anything at all, would just call and ask Toronto Animal Services to pick up the stray dog.

The next time I was in at TAS, I saw the found dog, a Lab mix, in one of the kennels and took it out for its photo shoot. It had already been there a few days and I was guessing the owner wasn't going to show up.

It was a surprise then when I heard the owner did eventually show up. When she was told there would be a cost for the pick-up and for housing the dog for several days, she claimed she didn't have the money on hand and would return with it later and fetch her dog then. She never returned.

Beans is a wonderful dog. It was no surprise then when days later, once the stray period was over and Beans became city property, she was put up for adoption on a Friday afternoon and she was adopted Saturday morning.

7 Comments to “Beans - Labrador Retriever mix”

  1. Biscuit says:

    I love love love that second shot. Such a face!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Nice to have a happy ending! She's a beauty and I am hoping the owner was someone who really couldn't afford her and did the right thing for the dog.

  3. rika says:

    Yes, the second shot is wonderful!

  4. Flossy says:

    And is Beans the Unnamed Golden Retriever Mix?

  5. Anonymous says:

    A very happy ending for Beans.

  6. Fred says:

    Flossy, no Beans is a different one but the Golden was adopted yesterday at the adopt-a-thon at Petsmart.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hope Beans has a more responsible person second time around. She looks like a fun and loving girl who deserves the very best.

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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.