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These dogs are in terrible shape. Besides being matted and filthy and covered in fleas, they've got numerous health issues which need to be resolved - if possible (one of them might have cancer) - as well as behavioural issues such as being afraid of humans.

People often wonder what the big deal is with puppy mills because all they see are the cleaned up photos of the for sale pups on sites like Kijiji selling through brokers and agents acting as fronts. Well, this is the big deal. For all those cute pups that are being sold to uninformed or uncaring buyers, there are multitudes of dogs like these ones here who will suffer their whole lives for some consumer's pleasure.

Toronto Animal Services South will be taking three of these guys(I'll let you know when they come in) and Anne and Pete's Foster Home for Dogs will be taking the other two.

Thanks again to Kismutt for doing the rescue and taking the video. If you have a moment, click over to the Kismutt website and give them some props for the great work they do.

4 Comments to “More Puppy Mill Rescues Coming”

  1. Al says:
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  2. Fred says:

    Thanks, Al. Fixed.

  3. Pauline says:

    I just feel so, so humanes can be so mean....??

  4. Fred says:

    Social Mange, not sure about the news feed thing but it's definitely on the Facebook Pound Dogs page at the moment.

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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.