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Another Georgia dog care of Ashley Hyslop. Photos are by Bridget McDermid.

Please meet Bat! There is something very special about her! Bat came from a kill shelter in Georgia. She had three strikes against her in Georgia – she was black (black dogs do not get adopted in the Southern States); she was Heartworm positive (but has since been treated successfully); and worst of all she was brought into a shelter that had no adoption program

Bat had a guardian angel looking out for her – she was fully treated for Heartworm and brought up to Toronto where she had a much better chance of finding her forever home.

Bat is an amazing dog! She is such a sweetheart. It takes her a few moments to warm up to people and she plays the shy girl act – however once she’s comfortable she becomes your shadow and tries to be a lap dog. Bat will fight for all your attention – so working on boundaries with her is a must. She is great at kissing and giving lots of cuddles. Bat is approx 1.5 years of age and was brought in as a stray! She is calm and friendly however training would be great as Bat is very smart and still quite young.

She loves other dogs and people. Bat is great in a crate and is a quiet dog! She loves the dog park – once she gets warmed up she loves running laps around the park! Bat is asking that you give her a chance because she will totally melt your heart!

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.

1 Comment to “Bat - Labrador mix”

  1. I can see where she gets the name. Hope she will soon be a happy new Canadian!

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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.