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Freebie was found abandoned, a 7 month old Shih Tzu. A napkin with the words "Free Dog" written on it was attached to him.

Outside, he walks beside me, avoids the puddles, hardly pulls at all. When I crouch down, he stands uncertain for a moment then comes over, tail wagging. I check out his face. There's some hair loss there - only makes him look even more forlorn. I'm guessing anyone who was willing to dump the little guy in the middle of winter probably wasn't too careful about feeding him anything healthy.

I move a few stray hairs out from in front of his eyes and he wags his tail even faster.

"Someone's going to sweep you up, take you home, and never let you go," I tell him.

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 “Freebie - Shih Tzu mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    He is absolutely gorgeous. I don't understand why someone would just abandon this poor little fellow and leave him to fend off on his own, hungry, and cold my heart just breaks. I would take him in a heartbeat and surround him with lots of love, cuddles and belly rubs. He'll get a home as soon as that someone or family sees him on the website. Good luck Freebie.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I no longer see Freebie on the site. Does anyone know if he got adopted? I really hope and pray that someone came to love him and bring him home and spoil him forever. Please let us dog lovers know if cutie Freebie found his forever home.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Good news I just watched Animal Housecalls and Freebie did find his forever home. Congratulations little guy may you be loved, and spoiled with your new family.

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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.