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Buddy, who was at Toronto Animal Services in the spring, is presently in foster and still waiting for a home.

Here's the handsome fellow now:

From Ashley (at T.E.A.M. Dog Rescue):

Adoptions were slow at Toronto Animal Services South and Buddy was getting more and more stressed in the shelter environment so he was transferred out, via TEAM Dog Rescue, to his foster home with Ola, a dog behaviorist who runs Paws Above.

He displays a bit of dominance towards other dogs at first but when introduced properly he is AMAZING. He hasn't had any issues with any of her tons of dogs that board there and go for social hikes on the weekends! He knows his basic commands and has several tricks he can demonstrate on command. He is super friendly with people and VERY smart! He's house broken and he's good with cats. Ola will help any owner who adopts him with introductions to their dogs (if you have any).

To learn more about how you can adopt Buddy please contact .

5 Comments to “Buddy - Labrador Retriever mix Redux”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He is such a handsome boy. Who could resist his beautiful eyes and face. Hang in there Buddy the right family/person will come for you. God bless you Buddy.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I pray for Buddy to find his forever home. I did see the video what a smart boy indeed. What a cutie I wish him all the love, happiness, and praises, and cuddles that he so deserves.

  3. Is buddy good with small children ?

  4. Fred says:

    Hi robfordsanidiot, please contact for more info on Buddy. He's being fostered through them so they'd have a much better idea about his personality. Thanks.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Hi Fr ed plz let us know if Buddy finds his forever home. He deserves a good family/person in his life. I wish Buddy all the best.

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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.