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Some dogs have the most expressive faces. That would be Mama (who was just recently a mama in a First Nations community in Quebec). We managed to still find an unoccupied patch of green amongst the CNE machinery and trailers and immediately Mama rolled on her back and waited for belly scratches. I had to prod her with treats to get her to sit.

Mama's been at Toronto Animal Services South for almost two months while she underwent heartworm treatment which involved getting some big, painful needles in her back muscle. She was pretty sore for a while but now she's ready for a home. She's gentle with a good dose of personality. I suspect the first person who meets her will take her home.

Update on Mama here.

As an aside, if you're wondering why she's called Mama, it's because she was rescued along with one of her pups. The pup was immediately adopted by a vet tech at the rescue clinic who looked after the two of them initially but here are some pics before it got whisked away:

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.

4 Comments to “Mama - Schnauzer German Shepherd Dog mix”

  1. Kit Lang says:

    Both have adorably sweet faces. Hope Mama finds a new home very soon!

  2. CJ says:

    Mama has one of those classic mutt faces, looks like she'll make some lucky person a wonderful forever dog, hopefully soon!

  3. Anonymous says:

    mama is gorgeous!!!!! love the different expressions on her face, especially in the second photograph. Looks as if she is saying "really, tell me another" Hope she finds a really loving home after her rough life. Wonder what happened to her other puppies if any

  4. Anonymous says:

    Mama now lives with me. She's awesome. Thanks for the post and the fantastic photos. If you have any more that you didn't use, I'd love to have them. Thanks!

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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.