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I've never seen so many dogs up for adoption at Toronto Animal Services South. TAS-West has something wrong with its roof so all their dogs got transported over to TAS-S. TAS-East is supposedly filled up so TAS-S is getting some of their dogs as well.

There were a few adoptions over the weekend but not enough to bring the numbers down too much so I had to rush through the photo sessions and didn't end up taking as many shots of each dog as I normally do.

Here is Rocky (confusing because there was also another Rocky as well as a Rocket at the shelter), a young miniature Poodle, who will jump into your lap if given half a chance.

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 “Rocky - Miniature Poodle”

  1. You might have felt rushed, but that second expression is still priceless. Ever so slightly quizzical, 'mister, can you explain what you're doing', you can almost see the little shrug that goes with it.

  2. Adorable!

    I'd love to volunteer. I faxed my application in June but never heard anything.

  3. Unknown says:

    Rushed or not, these are great photos! He is just TOO cute.

  4. Fred says:

    Hi Teena, they can be slow with responses. It took about six months before they got back to me when I applied. Have you tried calling them for an update?

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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.