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When Laura, a tiny Dachshund Chihuahua mix, first arrived at Toronto Animal Services rescued from a puppy mill, she couldn't stop blinking and wincing because her eyes were causing her extreme distress. The staff thought she might've been suffering from a genetic defect which caused one eye to be smaller than the other and there was talk of removing the eye.

Laura was brought to the vet and prescribed a bunch of drops for eye infections to see how she would do on them. They sent her to a foster home for a few weeks. When Laura came back into Toronto Animal Services South on Monday, she was no longer frantically blinking and squinting. She was a wide-eyed, happy, though still shy, little squirt.

So, it seems because her previous cheap ass breeder/abuser was too miserly to buy some eye drops, Laura had to suffer with her painful eye infection for who knows how long and if she hadn't been rescued and transported to Toronto, she most likely would have gone blind in the worst possible way. For greedy puppy millers and profiteering backyard breeders, money will always be more important than compassion.

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 “Laura - Dachshund Chihuahua mix”

  1. Here's some great advice from Kim Thomas of Kismutt Rescue - she is fighting on the front lines to shut down puppy mills in Ontario!

  2. Anonymous says:

    My daughter has adopted sweet Laura and now she has a loving, caring home. My daughter is a compassionate advocate of animal rights, and Laura is a welcome addition to our very "dog friendly" family.

  3. Fred says:

    Thanks for the update, anon. Much appreciated.

  4. Anonymous says:

    is Laura in her forever home now? i heard she was returned after 2 days. i hope those folks were banned. anyone who expects a dog to be perfect especially a rescue after a second shouldn't be allowed to adopt.

  5. Fred says:

    Anon, Laura is in her forever home now.

  6. Anonymous says:

    sometimes it's just not a good fit and you can't tell right away. banned forever? that's a bit harsh. better the dog is brought back so a more suitable match can be made for a forever home.

  7. Anonymous says:

    In reference to my post of April 12, my daughter and her partner adopted Laura and she is definitely in her forever home. She adopted Laura after she was returned to the shelter. Laura is doing extremely well in her new home. She has a toy poodle "brother" to play with and both of them get along wonderfully well. Laura is enjoying her walks and play time and loves cuddling up on her blanket for her naps. She is still a little "male" shy, but her new owners are working very hard on this.

  8. Fred says:

    Glad to hear Laura is doing well, Anon. Very nice that she has another dog to settle in with.

  9. Anonymous says:

    I fostered Laura 😍

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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.