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Nancy and Sepehr have been sitting in their kennel for weeks now and there's been no takers for this pair so it's been decided to adopt them out separately. I don't think that was an easy decision to make but the trade-off is to have them continue to live in a cage indefinitely. Neither is an ideal choice but I suppose a choice had to be made for the welfare of these two dogs. They are not thriving in their present environment. After all this time and travel, they deserve to have homes.

As well, the staff have been noticing that despite their comfort levels with one another, Nancy and Sepehr don't actually seem as bonded as was suggested by the rescue who saved them from that Iranian zoo where they were originally found. They don't really cuddle together; they don't pay much attention to each other on their walks; Nancy actually seems somewhat intimidated by Sepehr because Sepehr, while a great people dog, can be kinda pushy with other dogs sometimes.

I'm not sure how I feel about splitting them apart for adoption. It saddens me that they will be separated because while they aren't as strictly bonded as some of the other pairs that have recently passed through TAS, they are companions to each other. On the other hand, it saddens me as well that they have been passed over again and again and spend all their days peering out of their cage door yearning for human contact.

I hope that once separated, they will be adopted out in fairly short order. Nancy is a sweetheart and Sepehr is a gregarious charmer.

The decision to allow Nancy and Sepehr to be adopted out separately does not however preclude the possibility of someone adopting them together while they are still both available. So, if you know anyone who might at all be open to adopting two very furry, funny looking dogs, please pass along Nancy and Sepehr's info.

This is Nancy:

This is Sepehr:

Luv Sepehr's big snowshoe feet:

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.

12 Comments to “Nancy and Sepehr”

  1. deva says:

    These two look very sweet. I very clearly recall a case where a rescue I know had to separate two apparently bondd dogs to make sure they could be rehomed. The outcome was that they both blossomed in their respective homes! Wishing these two the very best.

    p.s. Since the tiny stinkers seem to get adopted quickly, what's up with Pudding? Is it just me, or has she been there a while?

  2. Fred says:

    Yes, Pudding's still hasn't been adopted but she's been in foster so she's doing good for now.

  3. NK says:

    It has been 'killing' me daily to go onto the TAS website and see these 2 still there - is there any chance of fostering or even moving them to a different TAS branch I would have them in a heartbeat if I didn't look after the 2 dogs on either side (one who is quite viciious with other dogs) plus my daughters 3 large dogs and 5 cats,. I have shared their story so many times and everyone always says how adorable they are so I just don't get it.
    My daughter and I are printing their pictures and story and posting it at our local vets and at the supermarkets in town with a TAS information sheet. If they do go, can you please make sure you get the adopters to post updates, I pray for a happy ending for these two. Ditto Pudding, another one I would have loved.

  4. Fred says:

    NK, thanks for all your effort on behalf of Nancy and Sepehr. If you get a chance to visit them, I'm sure they would thank you in person with loads of hugs and kisses.

  5. Nk says:

    If I can get down to TAS one Saturday or Sunday, (possibly the 23 or 24th) could I walk them or do you have to be part of the volunteer group? If I can walk them do they like any specific toys or treats?

  6. I've also been wondering about Pudding! I've seriously considered adopting her, major holdback is I already have a bossy little terrier mix who thinks all the laps to lie in and hands to pet are hers. Do you know how Pudding gets along with other small dogs? Also, how is her housetraining coming along? Thanks for the updates!

  7. Fred says:

    Nk, only volunteers who have registered and have gone over the guidelines, etc. can walk the dogs - liability issues and all that. People who are interested in adopting can also spend outdoor time with the dogs but usually with staff accompanying. However, you can probably spend some time with them in the meet and greet room if you let the staff know you're interested in meeting them in the interest of helping to get them adopted out.

  8. Fred says:

    truthbeautylovealchemy, from what I understand, Pudding is a lot of bark, not much bark when it comes to other dogs. I haven't seen him in a while because he's with a foster so the best way to get information on him is to call TAS at 416 338-6668 and they will pass along the number for his foster parent. You've probably already seen his adoption listing but here it is as well just in case (it may not be up-to-date):

  9. I'm glad it's decided to showcase them separately. I'm the US rep from the Iran Shelter. We suggested from very start of their arrival in Canada that they will be adopted sooner if they're separated..I'm glad you all agree with that decision now. Sending only positive thoughts their way...
    and thank you TAS for taking care of our precious furry paws...
    farah ravon - vafa animal shelter

  10. Anonymous says:

    They are actually doing much better separately. Each one is more responsive and enjoys human company more, which means better adoption chances! Sephyr is especially improved. When I took him out last he was obedient on the lead and cuddled for a while! I think they are happier apart.

  11. Alex says:

    Nancy has disappeared from the adoption website, hopefully that means she's been adopted.

  12. Fred says:

    Alex, yes she has been. Now it's Sepehr's turn, hopefully soon.

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