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Last Sunday, I watched as someone sat on the floor and played with Kita for a good half hour and Kita was having the time of her life being play mauled and belly rubbed. I know puppies look cute and all but what I find most charming about them is that they are in love with the world. They open themselves up to discovery with an absolute innocence, trust and faith that all will be well.

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.

9 Comments to “Kita - Bulldog and Pit Bull mix puppy”

  1. Lindsay says:

    I just love your beautiful photos and well-written descriptions. Thank you for showing how shelter dogs are just normal dogs.

  2. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    What a little cutie!!! So innocent. I hope she finds a home!

  3. Anonymous says:

    lovely pup! Will he have to be adopted out of Ontario because of the ridiculous BSL? If not will he always be at risk?

  4. Fred says:

    Anon, Kita will be fine in Toronto and outside of Toronto if she encounters over-zealous dog catchers, she'll have papers issued by TAS protecting her from the Pit Bull law.

  5. Anonymous says:

    thank you Fred for the reassurance about the safety of Kita in Ontario, Glad to know she has the protection of official TAS papers. Apologies to Kita for calling her "He" for she certainly is a pretty little puppy! I love the photographs as ever!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Well I was at the THS over the weekend. My 11 yo dog passed away few months ago and I am ready to adopt. The staff turned me off when I told them I live in my own condo. They said they prefer their medium size dogs living in a house. Needless to say I just went silence. Sometimes I wish the volunteers there are listening to others. The majortiy of people come to the shelter to help the animals. Just remember this. You can put your jundgemental attitude aside and you can help a lot more

  7. Anonymous says:

    Is Kita still up for adoption? She's such a cutie♥ I'd love to give her a forever home..

  8. Fred says:

    Hi Anon, Kita has been adopted but thanks for inquiring.

  9. Fred says:

    Anon on April 18, we're not the THS.

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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.