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Back in November, two lovely Saint Bernards (unbonded) came into Toronto Animal Services South and were adopted out individually just as soon as they were made available. One of the new owners has sent an update on Mafalda:

Happy New Year! My spouse and I adopted Mafalda, formerly known as Bernice, in early November of last year. A month and a half later and we are now very well known by all at the dog park. Everyone loves Mafalda and Mafalda loves everyone. When I hear her snoring away, super sized Saint Bernard styles and all, with all fours in the air, I laugh inside so as not to wake her. We love Mafalda and Maflada loves us.

3 Comments to “Update on Mafalda”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for giving Mafalda a wonderful forever home. I love these updates.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I love the "happy at last" up dates too. Knowing that needy dogs like Mafalda are rescued and loved by compassionate people like her new owners makes the world a kinder place! Wishing a 2013 of all the best it can be to Mafalda and her new family

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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.