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Zeus, a very handsome German Shepherd Dog, came into Toronto Animal Services with a big lump on his shoulder which TAS had removed and checked out and he's been given the all clear. The lump was some kind of weird teratoma hair growth under the skin. Hope it didn't have any teeth or eyeballs when the vet pulled it out. Those things freak me out. Anyway, there's only some stitches remaining and that'll be mostly covered in fur soon enough.

Zeus is super intelligent and loyal and will pick up basic training quickly with the right instructions. It would be nice to see him out of the shelter quickly. Being cooped up and bored all day is not good for this guy.

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.

6 Comments to “Zeus - German Shepherd Dog”

  1. Anonymous says:

    maybe tomorrow he'll find a home? He looks like The Littlest Hobo of the old TV show! Handsome, loyal and clever

  2. Anonymous says:

    VERY handsome, and a lovely personality. It's too bad he bounces in his kennel so much (so would I!). If potential adopters took him outside they'd see what a marvel he is on the lead. Lovely pix as always!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Absolutely gorgeous dog. So gorgeous. So hopeful that beauty is out of there asap.

  4. Unknown says:

    HI Fred, How is he with cats?

  5. Fred says:

    Hi Victoria, I'm not sure how he is around cats but if you call the shelter, they can let you know. 416 338 6668. Cheers.

  6. Unknown says:

    Thanks Fred I will. Love your blog! Cheers Victoria

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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.