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I walked Molly, probably for the last time, on Sunday. She's been transferred up to Toronto Animal Services North where she'll at least have a bit more space to stretch her legs. They've got large, enclosed yards and she can be let off leash for a bit of a run. I know she'll enjoy that since she loves to play. She hasn't really had a good chance to play in the four months she's been at TAS-South.

Molly and Bella at TAS West might share the record, or at least be approaching it, for the longest duration spent by a dog in adoption waiting for someone to take them home.

In the months she's been at TAS South, Molly's mouthing (it was never biting) has decreased noticeably but she still soils her kennel. It's very difficult, if not impossible to properly housetrain a dog at TAS-South since housetraining requires almost constant attention and there's just not enough staff or volunteers to provide that level of care. Up at TAS-North, however, they've got large outdoor yards where perhaps Molly can spend as long as she needs to do her washroom duties.

I know some of the volunteers at TAS-South have grown quite fond of Molly, despite her idiosyncrasies. It's hard not to get attached to a dog you see every week who doesn't seem to be able to catch a break. We all wish her the best of luck in her new digs and of course we wish her a home she can finally call her own.

The best way to check on the adoption status of Molly (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call (416) 338-8723 for the Toronto Animal Services North shelter. If Molly is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because she's been adopted already.

7 Comments to “Molly transferred to TAS North”

  1. Michelle says:

    I met Molly, and she is a really lovely, lovely dog. Her issues would only take a few short weeks to work out, I'm sure of it. She will be a wonderful companion, she just needs somone who can take the time to show her the ropes.

  2. deva says:

    Good luck, Molly. You're a beautiful girl. Fred - many thanks for the lovely pictures. I hope we will have some happy news about Molly soon.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I LOVE her ears. They remind me of our first dog Ananova (rescue from Humane Society) who's ears were so big they kind of looked like they belonged on a bat. I hope Molly finds a good home soon, she looks like a sweet girl who would respond very well to some love and kindess. I'm sure a few weeks would be all that is needed to resolve her issues. Just sorry we can't take a look at her ourselves, our dog isn't interested in sharing his family.

  4. Anonymous says:

    lovely dog!!!!!!! Wishing Molly good luck. I hope she gets a new loving home very soon. I am sure she will learn all she needs to know to get that home while at TAS North! Thanks Fred for the latest on Molly and the beautiful photographs.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Go to :

    And the labrador named Tyson from your site is on the page!

  6. Anonymous says:

    So beautiful, I wish I could adopt her.

    Fred - is there some way I can email you directly? I have some dog rescue related questions and advice I would like to ask you about.

  7. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, there's an email address near the bottom of this page:

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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.