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About a month ago, a box was left outside the Toronto Humane Society. Inside there were eleven mini-dogs, mostly Toy Poodles, Chihuahuas and Poodle/Chihuahua mixes. The box of dogs was transferred to Toronto Animal Services South where it was discovered one of the dogs had been ganged up on by the some of the others and had been injured. While getting bullied is never any fun, that particular dog was sent to a vet clinic where someone fell in love with it and adopted it, so, as it turned out, it was the first one home.

Of the remaining dogs, some went to TAS-North and some went to TAS-East. I've seen their photos and descriptions come up on the TAS adoption page over the last month and I think those ones have all been adopted out by this point.

The remaining three at TAS South were just put into adoption last week (due to some lingering medical issues?) and over the weekend two of them were homed. The last remaining dog is this little girl, Nene, and I'm not sure why she hasn't been snatched up.

Maybe her "problem" is that she is constantly chit chatting. I can't remember the last time I've walked a dog with so much to say. It's not barking really, though there is the occasional yip. It's mostly squeaks and purrs. It's like she's talking on a cell phone in some mini-mutt language. I think she's just putting on a show, pretending she's super popular so that someone will like her and take her home.

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.