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This is Maggie, a small German Shepherd mix. She's the fourth Georgia dog rescued and transported up from a high kill Georgia pound with funding and coordination provided by Ashley Hyslop and Paws for Hope and Faith.

Please meet adorable Maggie. Don’t let the photos fool you on her size – soaking wet at most she weighs 25 pounds. Maggie is a snuggle bug. She loves attention and showing you how much she loves you. She is very outgoing and loving. If you let her – she will nap on your lap all afternoon.

Sadly, Maggie was picked up as a stray in Southern Georgia and once her owners were located they surrendered her to a high kill shelter because they decided they didn’t want a dog anymore and disposed her as if she was garbage. Maggie doesn’t hold any grudges though. She is more than happy being in Toronto and is so excited to find her happy ending! Maggie would fit in with any household!

Maggie will be available at this weekend's Toronto Animal Services/Petsmart Adopt-a-thon - 835 Eglinton Ave East, 416 696 0388, Saturday Feb 23rd and Sunday 24th starting at 10am.

4 Comments to “Maggie - German Shepherd mix”

  1. If Maggie doesn't have beagle, or similar hound, in her somewhere, I will mange ma chapeau....

  2. clara says:

    Hi! Will you have any other TAS locations dogs at the Pet Smart adopt-a-thon? There is someone I want to take home from TAS West but I can't get out there.

  3. Fred says:

    Hi clara, sorry, I only know about TAS-South outreach events. I'm sure if you call TAS-West, (416) 338-6271, they'll be able to let you know if they do any offsite adoptions.

  4. anna says:

    Maggie is gorgeous, the snazzy plum coloured collar suits her well. What a wonderful collection of dogs to choose from at the Petsmart adopt-a-thon this weekend. Oh how I wish I could take them all! What a lucky person who has the room, the will and the way to give a kind home to at least one of these beauties!

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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.