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8 Comments to “Merry Christmas everyone!”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I read about O'Malley on Teena's blog and am interested
    in him. Is animal services open tomorrow? (Monday)

  2. SA MVH says:

    Merry Christmas to you and yours Fred.

  3. Fred says:

    Anon, I don't think TAS is open on Monday but you can call them to make sure. 416 338 6668. They're definitely open on Tuesday. Thanks for inquiring about O'Malley.

  4. Every one lit the candles, and the sun is coming back!

    SO, how come ma dawgs is settin' land speed records getting out, doing bidness, and gettin' back in? Whooo-OO!

    Let's hope 2012 brings much, much more good news for the animals of the world....

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Fred,
    Merry Christmas to you.
    Your old friend, Caroline...(chong chows ex)
    Love your blogs...wonderful what you are doing for our canine friends. I own a six month old golden doodle...Daisy...:)

  6. nk says:

    Great pics of Smitten and Simone, she looks very spiffy in her new outfit. I am looking forward to some 'tails' about their antics in the new year. Merry Christmas and thanks for all your hard work with the animals.

  7. Fred says:

    Hey Caroline, hope all is well. Congrats on your new pup!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Aw, poor Simone. But for all the indignity, she must have finally known she would never go back to a shelter. For who would do that corny Christmas stuff to her but her family. Maybe by next year, she'll be confident enough to give it the Smitten brush-off. Do like the Marge Simpson though.
    Best of the season Fred and thanks so much for this site!

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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.