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Lots of photos from the owners of Foxy, now Maya:

We wanted to follow up with you, since it's exactly two months today since we adopted Maya.

Maya has been doing great! Everyone, from the vet to the groomer, marvels at her temperament. They are even more surprised when they discover that she is a rescue from a pretty abusive environment.

She has been fitting in very nicely. She recognizes her name, and some instructions ("come" and "sit"). She loves going for walks, and she loves playing with other dogs (though she definitely isn't too fond of cats, as we've discovered).

She has really opened up over the last two months. She is very affectionate, and loves bouncing along next to us wherever we go.

We love her, and can't imagine our lives without her! We are so thankful to you and to Toronto Animal Services for bringing her into our lives. We are attaching a few pictures of Maya, taken over the last few months.


4 Comments to “Update on Foxy”

  1. Hope they remembered the Price Choppers' roast....

  2. Anonymous says:

    So glad to see that Maya has found the loving home she so desperately needed. The second photograph of her sleeping peacefully knowing that she is now safe in the care of wonderful owners says it all!

  3. Catherine says:

    I love these updates. So nice to see a happy dog sleepy on a comfy bed!

  4. Anonymous says:

    OMG, She has the most beautiful eyes, and they make me nearly cry, tears of joy that she has found a loving home. Thank all of you for sharing such love.

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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.