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We walk out the door and Simba immediately picks up the first stick she sees. She carries it with her for the rest of the walk, hangs onto it while she pees, hangs onto it while she poops, doesn't let it go until I trade a cookie for it so I can take her adoption photos.

Something about dogs who are goofy happy when they get to carry things around: it's like they're proud and showing it off, so easily pleased with the simplest things.

Oh to be satisfied with simple things. What a wonderfuler world that would be.

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.

2 Comments to “Simba - Yellow Labrador Retriever mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This wonderful dog is at the Toronto Humane Society. Simba and I should be at home now but after 3 hours I could not get to see him. He brought his toys to me at the side of his cage and WE BONDED. I know how to handle strong dogs and hopefully Simba and I will assis together, oh big boy bon chien. J'aime vous (pardon my French) but he liked it.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Simba, I found you and God willing, we will be together. Bon chien.

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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.