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Maggie and Cricket were transferred to Toronto Animal Services South from Kismutt Small Dog Rescue. They are a shy, sweet pair of females with Maggie, the more Terrier looking one, around two years old and Cricket, the black and white one, less than a year. Maggie may be Cricket's mum - we'll never know for sure - but they seem pretty bonded to each other so TAS is going to try to adopt them out together.

Maggie is definitely the more confident of the two. She'll be the first to approach someone for a scratch. She'll also be the first to warn off other dogs if they get too close. Perhaps it's the protective streak in her looking out for Cricket.

Cricket, while a bit more shy, is also much more affectionate once she gets to know you. For the first five minutes, she wouldn't look me in the eyes and then, click, she decided she had to be on my lap and wouldn't get off.

Both of them seem to be very quiet dogs so my guess is they'd be fine living in a condo especially if their owner could sneak them into the sauna every once in a while where they could warm up after a cold walk outside. On Saturday afternoon, after about fifteen minutes both these two were shivering outside even though it wasn't that cold.

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.

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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.