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They call Tucker a repeat offender because he's been at TAS several times now. In the past, his owners always came by to pick him up. This time, it seems Tucker's owners are a no show - which, in the long run, might be a good thing for Tucker because what kind of owners let their dog run away over and over again. It's like they're living in the Seventies or something.

In the short term, however, while Tucker is a very affectionate dog, he's not doing very well in the shelter environment. His anxiety level is rising and now I see him shivering in his kennel. I take him out and after a few minutes of ear rubs and chest rubs, his shaking settles down; his glance is still unsure because he knows he has to go back into his kennel. He's not up for adoption yet but when he is, hopefully someone will take him home before the environment stresses him out any further.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter.

2 Comments to “Tucker - Brittany Spaniel mix”

  1. deva says:

    He looks anxious, poor guy. I hope he will soon be in a loving home.

  2. I'd be anxious, too, if I were him: where are they? Poor guy needs some serious hugs and snuggles. I really hope someone takes him to a fine, caring home, really soon, where there are lots of hugs and snuggles, and someone to watch over him....

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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.