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Toronto Animal Services is once again sponsoring four dogs from Georgia to help them get adopted out at this weekend's Petsmart Adopt-a-thon (835 Eglinton Ave East, 416 696 0388, Saturday Feb 23rd and Sunday 24th starting at 10am). This rescue/transport was organized by the wonderful Ashley Hyslop with Paws for Hope and Faith providing all the support in Georgia.

Here's the first of the four.

Please meet handsome George! He can't get enough of the Toronto snow.

George was found as a stray with a bunch of puppies he fathered in Southern Georgia! They were brought to a high kill shelter and although the puppies got scooped up almost immediately, George sat in his concrete cage for months hoping someone would come to adopt him. His time was running up and the fact that he is mainly black didn't help - he didn't have much of a chance in Georgia!

Thanks to Toronto Animal Services for giving George his chance at finding a happy ending - George is ready to find his forever home. George is a big teddy bear with gorgeous curls! He is thought to be a Great Pyrenees mix and about 1 - 2 years of age. He loves everyone and is very laid back! He is a gentleman and only wants to stay by your side on walks. Please come visit George at the Petsmart Leaside Adopt-a-thon on Feb 23rd/24th.

Anyone who meets George can't help but fall in love with him!

5 Comments to “George - Great Pyrenees mix”

  1. deva says:

    A beautiful dog, outstanding pictures.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I have a black dog rescued from the States. Old and black and therefore doomed in a high kill situation. Brought to Canada by some wonderful people teaming up to drive him to Canada and eventually to me! He is a wonderful, sweet tempered dog and I hope I have given him the home he deserved! He couldn't be loved more and I highly recommend a black dog rescued from the States for anyone looking for a new best friend!

  3. Anonymous says:

    If I get my wife's approval, I would adopt George A.S.A.P. Does anyone know how much he weighs?


  4. Fred says:

    Hi Marty, George weighs 31 kg.

  5. Anonymous says:

    What if more than one person wants to adopt him? is it first come first serve?


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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.