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Charlie keeps stopping at the end of his leash and waits for me to catch up. He's excited about being outside but polite enough to slow down so he's not pulling the whole time. I like this guy. A good energy level but calm and just the right mix of reserve and friendliness.

He was left at TAS South by his owners who said they were moving.

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 “Charlie - Australian Shepherd Mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Handsome boy! So sad that he was dumped at the shelter.

  2. deva says:

    Love the two-tone nose. I hear love is better the second time around. Good luck to this nice boy.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I don't understand folks who move and leave their pets behind. I guess at least it is good they took him to the shelter. If we didn't have to kitties now I would be very tempted. Good luck Charlie you sweet boy.

  4. Anonymous says:

    What a lovely face! How could anyone leave him behind! Could be they had to give him up and at least they took him to TAS perhaps in the hope of a good home for him. He must be feeling sad left alone without his family. Perhaps hoping in vain for their return. But maybe with the help of TAS and you Fred he will now find a family who will love and care for him for all the rest of his life.

  5. Fatima says:

    My love :)))) Thank you Animal Services

  6. Anonymous says:

    is he still up for adoption?

  7. Fred says:

    Anon, Charlie has been adopted. Thanks for inquiring.

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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.