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Small dog alert. I think this guy weighs all of five pounds. He's so tiny he can crawl under the space between his kennel door and the floor. He's so tiny you could probably make a doggie bed for him out of your shoe. He's so tiny you might confuse him with a slipper. He's so tiny that when the wind blows, he flies up like a kite at the end of the leash. He's so tiny he walks between the raindrops and doesn't even get wet. Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit. But I'm not exaggerating when I say he's also so so sweet. I'm guessing he won't last the day in adoption so if you know someone who's looking for a handful of happiness, let the person know soon.

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.

4 Comments to “Unnamed Maltese Toy Poodle mix”

  1. MKlwr says:

    That is a very sweet dog. Love the last picture.

  2. Such a cutie and already adopted, if he ever made it to the web page.

  3. Fred says:

    Social Mange, he was definitely on the web page the night before but I think I saw the listing after closing - so, not for long.

  4. Anonymous says:

    sadly i just saw this doggie. I had hoped he was still available but doesn't seem to be....weep....

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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.