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Trembling Joey.

Trembling Li'l Eve.

Trembling Miss June.

What has to be done to a dog, a usually joyous creature with vitality enough to dispel even grey clouds over our heads, to make it behave like this?

These three, TAS will try to save and they will hopefully one day soon overcome their fears of the world but think of the thousands in Ontario alone who will never be saved from spending every moment of their lives existing, but not living, in small, putrid cages, to be forced to breed until something inside them busts or if they survive the cycles until they are dry and can no longer produce, then they are relieved of their duties with a gunshot.

The next time someone mentions buying a possible puppy mill dog or a dog from some random, discount breeder and what harm could there be in getting a dog for a "bargain" off of Kijiji, let them know this is what they might be leaving behind.

Please remind people to adopt, don't shop and if they have to shop, then shop ethically and that means doing proper due diligence, asking the right questions.

These three were rescued by Kismutt and are available for adoption through Toronto Animal Services. Besides Miss June missing a foot - which doesn't stop her from walking around, albeit slowly and sometimes with a limp - Li'l Eve will be going into surgery to have some mammary lumps removed and all her teeth pulled out because they are all rotted away beyond usefulness. A wonderful individual has made a donation to cover the cost of the surgery.

As of right now, Joey and Miss June are available for adoption. Li'l Eve will hopefully be available in a week or so. All three of these dogs are slowly but surely coming out of their shells. They will require patient, calm home environments to help them adjust to their new lives. If you meet them, you'll see they are obviously hoping and searching for love and human companionship. They just need someone to show them that's possible.

The best way to check on the adoption status of these dogs (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 a dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

13 Comments to “Three Lost Lambs - Part 2”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sending all my love to these guys are others like them.

  2. I don't know how people can treat dogs like this :(

  3. Dee says:

    Darling Miss June is wearing the same collar as our family dog Penny. Darling Miss June is the same colour as Penny, and in fact one half the "breed" of Penny. Penny is a CockerXPoodle that we purchased from a "breeder", ten years ago. We love Penny with all our hearts but it still pains me to think that this is what we were likely contributing to all those years ago. I hope Miss June and her buddies find the right home and I am happy to say that nowaday I know better and encourage those getting a new dog to look in the right places.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I never realized, the Amish menonite families, we're this cruel. Makes me wonder how they treat their wives and children? To live in a cage, not even big enough to stand up or lay down. If one barks to loudly, a pipe is pushed down the throat, to break the larynx. This evil Amish man operating this puppy mill, should meet the same fate, their is not enough torture in the world for this evil man. My question is, why are they getting away with this animal torture and cruelty?

  5. Anonymous says:

    As an adopter of a puppymill survivor, I would suggest that you take them outside all together. They will feel a bit safer if they are together. Also, adopters should consider having another well balanced dog at home to help these poor little babies with their transition to a real life.

  6. Joanne says:

    Please don't pity these dogs. The shaking and trembling is a process they go through to rid themselves of anxiety. They, with the kindness of potential adopters, have a whole new life ahead of them. Pity the ones left in the puppy mills, destined to a life of misery and abuse and then, after producing litter after litter for profit, are either shot or starved to death. This is gratitude from the Amish and the Mennonites who perpetuate these horrors. These guys will recover. The best gift they can be given is that of self-confidence. Every little step forward in any manner, every accomplishment no matter how small is to be enthusiastically praised. It really works, I have done it with three puppy mill survivors, two of which were in worse shape than these guys. One was rescued from Tennessee from the worst puppy mill I have ever seen. If you are considering adopting one, please step up and give them a home. There is nothing to worry about or be wary, nervous or cautious about. In a month or so, they will be a shadow of their former selves. It is not that hard to do and the rewards are HUGE.

  7. Anonymous says:

    I'm sure who ever is lucky enough to adopt these little guys will give them all the love they deserve and more! I also just wanted to acknowledge the person who stepped up to cover the costs of surgery for Li'l Eve, that is a very generous thing to do!

  8. NK says:

    Let's hope the anger and outrage everyone will feel after watching these poor creatures can be directed towards public awareness and the eventual end to puppy mills. The more we see and know the more power we have to make that happen.

  9. Joyfulone says:

    These little guys look just my pup who I adopted two years ago. I just don't know how this is allowed in Canada. My heart breaks for all the dogs just like them who are still living in mills. I can't imagine sitting in a tiny cage all day long in my own filth with no one to love and no one to love me. I hope we see an end to these disgusting places in our lifetime. If my own shelter doggy were a little more stable, I'd run to TAS and bring all three home. I hope all three find loving homes soon.

  10. MKlwr says:

    Are you going to see them today? Can you give us an update?

  11. Fred says:

    MKlwr, Joey and Miss June were adopted. L'il Eve is recovering from surgery. She's had a hard few days.

  12. MKlwr says:

    Yay for Joey and Miss June! Sending L'il Eve get well thoughts. I'm sure she'll be adopted soon after she's put in adoption too!

  13. I can hear my darling westie playing with his toys and having a worry free life. It hurts to see this. I wish I could take all of them!

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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.