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I took photos of some Toronto Animal Services South cats on Sunday so for a change of pace, you get cats this week.

I have to admit I know very little about cats other than I'm kind of allergic to most of them and extremely allergic to some of them. Luckily, except for an itchy nose, I didn't react too badly to any of the ones I picked out to photograph. And they didn't react too badly to me either as I handled them with inexpert hands.

A couple of them did scramble up my arms a bit - I guess they were feeling my hold on them was a bit too precarious - and they latched onto my shoulders and chest for more security. Later, I see little red marks on my torso and I think to myself, "Umm, didn't I already have chicken pox in my childhood?" and then remember those sharp little claws.

No worries. The cats were all friendly and terribly cute and cuteness makes up for almost anything.

Here's a kitten of which I know neither the breed nor the name so I guess if you're interested in this little one, you'll have to call TAS and get them to look at these photos and they can identify the kitten that way. He (she?) is one of three and in a cage with his/her mom.

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

4 Comments to “Tuesday cat”

  1. It's a her: all three colour cats are female. And she's a cute little dilute torbie (combines the words tortoiseshell and tabby, because she has stripes). Don't be fooled by the demure look in the photo -- three colour cats have a well deserved reputation for being bright and active females. Good hunters, too. Suitable for the young modern couple who appreciate a cat with a bit if edge, or anyone who wants a cat who is an equal.

    Oh, she is sooooooo cute!

  2. Joanne says:

    Fred, you truly have an amazing talent as a photographer. You need to open a sideline business doing pet photography. These pix are great. Bet she gets adopted very quickly. Kudos and great job, you captured her personality beautifully.

  3. Alex says:

    I'm glad to see some pound cats here. There always seems to be a lot more cats available for adoption, and they deserve forever homes too.

  4. Anonymous says:

    thank-you, thank-you, thank-you, thank-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.