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Bella with a bump on her nose on a sad but hopeful face. She's a small girl for a German Shepherd and maybe got picked on a bit when she was running around outside on the reserve. She's safe now, with food and warmth, but is probably wondering why she's all locked up in a kennel - hopefully not for much longer.

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 “Bella - German Shepherd mix”

  1. deva says:

    She looks both sad and puzzled - probably feeling insecure. I hope she finds love soon.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What a beauty I volunteer at the North shelter and I just love walking the dogs and giving them some treats because I really am a dog lover. I really hope she finds her forever home with a loving family to love, care and spoil her and also to show her that the world isn't a bad place after all.

  3. Anonymous says:

    She is a beauty hopefully she will find her forever home with a loving family who will love her and spoil her rotten. I'm a dog walker at the north shelter. I enjoy spending time with the dogs and giving them treats, and rubbing their bellies. They all deserve to be loved.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Bella got adopted "Hooray" may het family spoil her rotten and love her forever because she deserves it. Way to go Bella I'm so happy for Bella.

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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.