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Two more puppy mill rescues are at Toronto Animal Services South, this time a bonded pair of mother and son. The son is the larger of the two and at barely a year old, is acclimatizing to people much better than his mother who has been locked up way too long. She is coming around but she's still a little unsure when people approach and neither of them will go outside if I just put them on a leash. The trick is to carry the mother out and say to the son, "Look, mom's going out. You coming?" and then after a moment of consideration, the boy follows.

Once outside, the boy's quite happy to sniff around as long as you don't try to make him walk any distance away from his mother and since his mother won't walk much at all, she has to be carried around if you want to get her son to move around a bit further afield.

These are two very cute dogs but TAS is going to try to adopt them out as a bonded pair, the third such pair in the last couple of months, and it's never an easy thing to find homes for bonded pairs. In this case, there is the added bonus that they aren't quite housebroken although the son is almost there. Maybe at some point, they could be separated if no one steps forward to take them together but for now, they are the only comfort each other have in this brand new world outside the cage of the puppy mill.

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.

2 Comments to “Unnamed Poodle Shih Tzu mixes - Mother and Son Bonded Pair”

  1. NK says:

    Impossibly cute, like Nanci and Sepher - it's almost torture not being able to scoop all 4 of them up and take them home - come on people, get down to TAS!

  2. Stop me before I adopt again.

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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.