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From the owners of O'Malley (now called Malley) taken from the comment section of this post:

Malley has found a FOREVER home! We are so excited to have found such a wonderful boy!!! WOW - he IS an amazing dog for all he has been through! He has come to live with us and a sister dog, named Mkwa (Muckwah) who is 10 yrs old. She has been amazing with him and he with her!

We know there will be trying times and they are expected - no life is perfect! He has settled in nicely over the weekend (he came home yesterday afternoon). He loves playing and walks over to the park. He gives us lots of kisses and loves to be hugged!

I don't understand why he wasn't adopted already, but then again, we would not have had the blessing we do if he had been!!!

Thank you to all the staff, volunteers and dog walkers for seeing so much potential for Malley! Special thank you to James for providing us with Malley's background and medical information to ensure we were making an informed decision (even though we had already decided)!

5 Comments to “Update on O'Malley”

  1. NK says:

    2012 is off to such a great start! Great pics, especially the last one.

  2. Anonymous says:

    YAY!!! Bless the adopters for having the intelligence to recognize a wonderful boy and give him a well-deserved, loving forever home!

  3. Anonymous says:

    I'm so glad someone answered the appeal for this guy. Here's hoping he and his new family will know all the joy that love can bring.

  4. SA MVH says:

    Malley, you are O so happy now and so are we.

  5. Fillyjonk says:

    Thank you for this great update on the delightful O'Malley. He is so sweet and loving, and to see him with a family and friend of his own is a wonderful relief. Congrats to the nice people who saw a real treasure in Malley and took him home to start his happy life.

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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.