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Tia looks like an Australian Kelpie which is not a dog one sees very often in Toronto because, let's face it, Australia is on the other side of the planet and that plane ride over is a killer unless you're in first class and when was the last time you saw a dog in first class?

I thought Tia might be a prankster when I first saw her but it turns out she's a bit of a shy girl and a little unsure of her situation. We walked outside for five minutes and then she got concerned we were too far from the TAS building and she started to pull to go back. She pulled me right inside the building, upstairs and to her kennel and then when she got into her kennel, she stood there for a second and realized that was no fun either so I took her back into the main hallway and sat with her for a bit, watching all the people looking at the other animals.

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 adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

5 Comments to “Tia - Australian Kelpie mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    She's not exactly a classic beauty, but what an intelligent face! I hope someone can see past this and love her for her soul!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am pleased to say that we adopted "Tia", who we call Bailey in March of 2012, and she is just wonderful. We couldn't love her more.

  3. Fred says:

    Thanks for the update Anon. If you ever get any photos you'd like to send in, please do and I'll post them up.

  4. zanista says:

    She looks like an English Staffordshire X French Bulldog to me :P

  5. Anonymous says:

    We have a very similar dog! Good dog, loves people, a herding dog, loves a yard. Loves activity, sweet, kind, loyal.

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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.