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Elvis was found wandering around High Park. Someone's taken good care of him. He's friendly. He's healthy, well-groomed. He's trained. I wonder about his story, what the circumstances were which lead to him getting abandoned. Somebody cared about Elvis once.

Elvis is very smart but then he is a Border Collie. I once saw a news report about a Border Collie who knew more than a thousand words and was learning more every day which is pretty cool because as I get older, I forget more and more words every day.

The best way to check on the adoption status of this dog (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call 416 338 6668 for the Toronto Animal Services South shelter. If the dog is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because it's been adopted already.

5 Comments to “Elvis - Border Collie”

  1. Anonymous says:

    OMG, simple words can't quite capture this magnificent dog. This Elvis is so so endearing in so many ways. I so wish he could be mine, but then Fred, I wish you could be mine too! Ha Ha

    Love like you never have before.
    Show it like you never have before.
    All of us need this now more than ever.


  2. Lenni says:

    What a noble, sweet-looking dog. Great pics, Fred! I have sent your post on Elvis to a friend who may be the perfect match for him: settled, stable, experienced dog owner, wonderfully kind, can bring him to her's hoping he is meant to be hers. If it works out I will tell you!

    Thank you Fred.

  3. deva says:

    Love those BCs. Elvis looks introspective. I hope he finds someone he can rock and roll with.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I checked the TAS site - it appears that Elvis has left the building...

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have a border collie who looks just like that, her story was that her and her litter were dumped in a trash can and the trash people found them just in time. When we got her she had a deadly stomach virus. She is a very happy dog, and I would recommend a border collie to anyone, who loves dogs of course.

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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.