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Fae is the tireless mother to the four Anishnabe puppies.

To my eyes, she looks young enough to still have baby fat in her face. I doubt she's much more than a year old, if that. Fae is an extremely kind and gentle dog, to her puppies especially, but to everyone else she meets as well. I want to scoop up the whole family and put them in a big grassy backyard at the beginning of summer with no more worries in the world.

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

7 Comments to “Fae - German Shepherd mix”

  1. deva says:

    Fae is gorgeous. I see maybe a tidge of hound in there. I hope once her family is ready to go, someone will scoop her right up and smother her with love.

  2. SA MVH says:

    You can see the gentleness in Fae's face. Beautiful photos mother and pups.

  3. Anon says:

    What beautiful photos of mom and pups. They all deserve wonderful homes.

  4. Anonymous says:

    They are are beauties. Love the hound-y mix mom!

  5. chris b says:

    you take the most wonderful photographs which surely must assist in getting these deserving animals a new home. If I didn't already have 3 of my own, I'd be sooo tempted.

  6. Colleen P says:

    It was great to meet you today Fred. You're a wonderful person just as Mama Fae (Callie) is a wonderful dog!

  7. Fred says:

    Hi Colleen, it was great to meet you as well. Thanks so much for letting Fae be part of your family!

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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.