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Ruby is a transfer from Kingston Road Animal Hospital. She was brought into the clinic by a neighbour after she was hit by a car because her owner couldn't be bothered. No surprise that when the clinic phoned her owner with an estimate, the owner balked and disowned her. The clnic then phoned TAS-South. Ruby was suffering from a shattered femur and a punctured lung. The surgery would cost thousands and now she belonged to no one. TAS-S offered to cover some of the costs - if the clinic would cover the rest - and to find her a home afterward.

Here she is now, weeks later, still in recovery but walking better and breathing again. It'll be a while yet before she's fully recovered and put up for adoption. Lucky will be the family who ends up getting her.

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

7 Comments to “Ruby - Terrier mix”

  1. SA MVH says:

    I'm in love.

  2. What a sweet face! Kudos to the neighbour and the vet who cared enough to get her the help she needed. A stern Yiddish curse on the idiot who didn't care.

  3. Thanks to the vet and TAS South for saving her. What a sad little face, that's heartbreaking. May her owner forever live in interesting times.

    Oh, gee, I'm wondering if I'm ready for another dog...that face is just capturing me.

  4. Joanne says:

    Kudos to the vet and TAS. I hope her previous owner gets hit by a car and everyone just leaves that dreadful person in the street. Karma is a biatch.

  5. The day she was hit by a car might have been this little girl's winning lottery ticket; let's hope her new family appreciates this cutie.

    And blessing to the vet and TAS for giving her a second chance.

  6. Nicola says:

    Hey - it's Nicola from TAS. Just to clarify, while Ruby's injuries were extensive, she did not suffer a punctured lung. In addition to a broken femur,and a fractured pelvis, she had a diaphragmatic hernia. All her injuries were repaired surgically, and she was also spayed. She is recovering so well, she made appearances at Woofstock, and will be joining me on CP24's Animal House Calls Nov 22nd at 7PM. She is the perfect dog to help demonstrate why community vet partners - like Kingston Road Animal Hospital who treated her - are critical in helping TAS do the work we do.

    As always - thank you Fred for all that you do!

  7. Nicola, thank you for naming the veterinary clinic, Kingston Road Animal Hospital, who helped Ruby.

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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.