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Bella is another of the dogs found in the cardboard box outside the Toronto Humane Society and transferred to Toronto Animal Services. She was adopted just this past weekend.

Accompanying the dogs in the box was a notebook with what looked like breeder's comments on each of the dogs. The handwriting was girlish: big round printed letters in different coloured inks with decorative flourishes and happy faces. It was a record of when and how often each dog had been bred and when they could be bred again. There was a sense of affection from the words mixed in with the exploitation diary of the dogs.

It's a strange thing to leave behind. Did the owner think the THS might be interested in breeding the dogs themselves and she was just being helpful? She writes about the dogs like they're family but one doesn't put their family in a box and deposit them at a stranger's doorstep. I wonder what the story was. I wonder if there was sadness here in letting the dogs go or if this was a simple business decision.

2 Comments to “Bella - Miniature Poodle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    so happy she has a home not just a breeding spot...congrats!

  2. Lynn says:

    I am fascinated by the author of this notebook, with her Hello-Kittyesque notebook and the poorly translated quote at the bottom. I want to know who she is and find out WHAT she was thinking.

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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.