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Starkey's got some abandonment issues which results in him barking when he's on his own so he may not be a good candidate for an apartment. When he's around people, though, what a charmer. I know there are lots of condo/apartment dwellers who need a more quiet dog but still, I'm surprised Starkey hasn't been adopted yet by someone who doesn't have to deal with sensitive neighbours.

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.

3 Comments to “Starkey - American Eskimo Pomeranian mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Gorgeous fellow. looks as if he is waiting to "shake a paw" with some loving new owner in that last photograph. And my once noisy cattle dog now barks for good reasons only (at least good in his mind!) Good luck Starkey

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think Starkey might be a Schipperke, from his looks and your description of his temperment. They do have some behavioural issues, so it would be good if TAS was aware of that, in Starkey's best interests!

  3. Monica says:

    He is just adorable - i saw him on Animal House Calls this past Tues. after his makeover. What a cutie pie! The groomer said he was excellent with them.

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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.