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Another ex-street dog from Anishnabe. Probably a German Shepherd Husky mix. If Noir were a person, he'd be that kinda quiet, well-behaved high school student with the proper haircut who does his homework and gets pretty good grades and only ever dates one girl before heading off to university and after graduating near the top of his class, gets a good job and then marries and buys a house with a reasonable 25% down payment and spends the rest of his life content and grateful for his good fortune.

That might sound boring but hey if you want a superstar, try adopting Justin Beiber, otherwise what else would you want in a dog?

Update: Might help if I got the sex right. Noir is female.

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

7 Comments to “Noir - Black German Shepherd mix”

  1. Anouk says:

    what an endearing story write up! I dig this Noir dude.

  2. Lenni says:

    That description was awesome. Noir's sweet face is breaking my heart though. He needs a super-nice family to cheer him up.

  3. monica says:

    What a beautiful dog.

  4. rika says:

    So, are you going to rewrite her description according to the feminine side? ;-) Wonderful lady, by the way.

  5. mel says:

    Wow, she is stunning. I'm not even a big dog kinda gal but I am swooning. I bet she lasts less than a week.

  6. Anonymous says:

    That's a purebred black german shepherd, not a mix.

  7. Unknown says:

    if I was living there I would get her... but I am in Georgia....

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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.