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Three Cockapoo puppy mill pups came into Toronto Animal Services South a week ago and they went into adoption last night. I hear the one female may already be adopted so that leaves the two boys. As with many puppy mill pups, these ones are under socialized and when I took these preview snaps last weekend, they were still all very shy, trying to hide in the corners as far away as possible from me and the camera. After just spending a few minutes with them, though, their natural instinct to bond with humans kicked in and they started to relax and explore. The girl was the bravest and she chewed on my outstretched finger a bit and the boys weren't far behind. I could see it in them. They were on the edge of overcoming their uncertainty. They wanted to say hello but just not yet.

They're young, so they'll need housebreaking, of course, and it would be ideal if the homes they go to had older, confident and tolerant dogs to show them the ropes.

If they're still around this afternoon, I'll take some better photos of them.

The best way to check on the adoption status of these dogs (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If these dogs are no longer on the TAS adoption website, they've probably been adopted already.

2 Comments to “Cockapoo puppies”

  1. Anonymous says:

    are any of the cockapoos stil up for adoption?

  2. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, they've all been adopted. Thanks for inquiring.

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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.