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A lot of people would take one look at Mabel, a mixed Mastiff, and think: Now there's a scary-ass dog, but that couldn't be further from the truth which is that Mabel is a big shy girl who needs a soft touch to nurture her back from years of neglect and abuse in a puppy miller's cage.

She would do really well in a house with a calm, confident dog who can show her that not all people are douchebag animal abusers and many are actually decent folk who are more than happy to give out loads of love and 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.

7 Comments to “Mabel - Mastiff mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Oh, my. I just want to take her home and love her and make that worried look disappear. I would if I lived closer!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    oh she is sooooooo beautiful! She looks so apologetic as if someone has convinced her in all those years in the foul puppy mill that she was a bad dog! How can anyone (who is able!) not rush down and take her home to give her the comfort and care she has never known (except at TAS) and let her learn in her last years that she is indeed a very good much loved dog!

  3. I have shared sweet Mabel on our rescue page. If you come across any Mastiffs or Mastiff Xs, in the future, that are in need of a new home, please don't hesitate to contact the Canadian Mastiff Club Rescue. We will gladly share the info on our Club's website and FB page. Thanks!

  4. Fred says:

    Thanks Lerene. I'll definitely keep that in mind.

  5. Anonymous says:

    2013. So I'm assuming I'm a few years too
    late. I'm hoping she got a loving home

  6. She did get a loving home. Her name is Grace and she has been spoiled rotten and loved deeply for the last 8 years. <3 Still hanging on.

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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.