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No one's going to pretend Jasper is good on a leash but as soon as you sit down, Jasper'll plant his butt down right beside you hoping for pets and attention. As for the pulling, he's got enough smarts to figure out how to heel politely if someone trains him. He's a really happy boy who lurves people. He wants to greet everyone he walks by on the sidewalk and he thinks everyone is his friend.

Jasper was initially at TAS South but has been transferred to TAS North.

The best way to check on the adoption status of Jasper (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 Jasper is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because he's been adopted already.

2 Comments to “Jasper - Doberman mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He is adorable! I hope he finds his forever friend who can show him how to walk on a leash. Sitting nicely looking for pats is a good start, as he seems to want to please.

  2. That's a great way to put it when a dog hasn't had the training. Smart, loving dog that just wants to make you happy and be with you should be a cinch to train. Beautiful photos, as usual.

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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.