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Kiki and Shadow meet for the first time when they took a ride up together to Toronto from that pound in Georgia but now they're best buddies. That doesn't mean they're bonded but it is indicative of how affectionate these two dogs are.

Dogs like Kiki and Shadow never would have stood a chance at being adopted back where they came from - not just because that pound had no adoption program - but even if the pound had one, big black dogs always seem to be passed over down there.

Luckily, they're both in Toronto now. Toronto may have the worst professional sports teams in North America; we may have a perpetually insufficient transit system coupled with some of this continent's worst traffic congestion; we may keep putting up ass ugly condo towers along our waterfront even though we keep saying we won't allow it anymore; our Gardiner Expressway may be raining down concrete on the cars below; but, one thing Toronto does well is we keep damn fine care of our dogs regardless of their colour.

Ashley Hyslop, who was instrumental in bringing Shadow up here, adds:

Shadow is ball of love! Her main mission in life is to please, please, please. Her love of affection could be compared to Winnie the Pooh’s love of honey – endless love! Winnie the Pooh was also best friends with every character in the 100 acre of forest – Shadow is very similar – she will instantly become your best friend! Shadow is approx 1.5 years and gets along very well with other dogs! She would be a great pet for an active family who is looking for a loyal companion.

Shadow will be available for adoption beginning this weekend at the Leaside Petsmart Adoptathon (Eglinton/Laird) after which he will be available from TAS South.

2 Comments to “Shadow - Labrador Retriever mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    And really, what's more important: things or lives? If having the worst sports teams and a terrible transit is what it takes, then that's fine with me.

  2. Anonymous says:

    That lovely write up should find the elegant Shadow a good home!!!

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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.