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Sometimes TAS gets a stray dog and has no idea about its history. Sometimes they get more of the story. Princess, an eleven year old Shih Tzu was brought into Dundas West Animal Hospital by a kindly stranger after she was hit by a car. The clinic checked her out (some scrapes and bruises), made sure she was okay, boarded her and then put her profile up on their Facebook page to see if anyone knew where she came from. Her owner showed up and decided not to take her back. DWAH announces on Facebook they are handing her over to TAS. Usual uninformed negative comments pop up about how TAS will automatically euthanize her, blah, blah, blah. Meanwhile, TAS arranges with DWAH to have her spayed and her teeth cleaned. And now she’s up for adoption. Thanks much to everyone at Dundas West Animal Hospital for keeping an eye on her.

What have I got to add? The best underbite ever.

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 “Princess - Shih Tzu”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    OMG, that underbite is presh! Hope she finds her forever home soon (and I'm sorry her owner didn't want her back.) :(

  2. Unknown says:

    It seemed like a few people on that FB post were interested in adopting her.... Hopefully they follow through!

  3. "The owner showed up and decided not to take her back"????? Who does this? Was it the expenses she had incurred? If so, that's very sad....if not, well, there are words for those types of people and they're not printable.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I put her link on my FB page to see if anyone I knwo would like to give her a 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.