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Mia's already been through two douchebag owners. The first one had her undergo a painful debarking procedure then they still gave her up, handing her over to a backyard breeder/puppy miller of all things who then bred her until she could no longer turn a profit. Luckily she was rescued and transferred to Toronto Animal Services before she had to endure any further trauma.

If there is any karma in the world, Mia's next owners will shower her with love and squeaky toys so she can make noise to her heart's content.

I know it's not the case (at least I don't think it's the case) but debarked dogs always sound like dogs in pain to me.

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 “Mia - Beagle”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This is so heartbreaking and please please Universe, shower this dear dog with love, comfort, support, and a forever ever home. At least she had a little taste of you Fred, with her tail wagging the whole time.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Oh how terrible a life she has had! How I wish I could take her. (one of the bad downsides of being far too old to be able to commit for an assured length of time to another rescue!)!

    Please spme compassionate person give her a safe forever home. With all she has suffered she at least is enjoying some happy times at TAS. And can still wag her tail, ever hopeful a true beagle and so pretty!. Good luck Mia not all humans are bad and you just might meet a really good one soon!

  3. Bev McMullan-Kungl says:

    Oh my stars...I am truly horrified that someone would do that to a defenseless dog. It's like taking away their right to speak. I hope Mia find someone to love her forever...she deserves it!!!

  4. GoodDog says:

    Beagles bark a lot - it's in their nature as they are hunting dogs. Breed research is sooooo important. This what makes me crazy - all dogs are adorable as puppies but you need to find a dog that fits your lifestyle. Lets hope this sweetie finds her match.

  5. Kate says:

    Don't forget that these idiots didn't do this procedure themselves. A vet agreed to do it, and profited from it.

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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.