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From Chris, a volunteer at TAS West:

Kayla is a big, sweet girl who’s been at the shelter for a while. She’s listed as a Lab cross, but there may be some Shepherd or Border Collie in the mix as well.

Like many high-energy dogs Kayla sometimes doesn’t present well in the cage. She may jump and bark, especially at people she doesn’t know. Once past her initial excitement of getting out of the cage, however, you see her for what she is: a people dog with a ton of potential. If you can keep up with her, that is.

Once she warms up to you, Kayla is your best friend, especially if you have a tennis ball. She will play all day but likes to break up her game of fetch with a few quick belly rubs. Kayla is very smart, food-motivated and is learning to work for treats, picking up the basics (sit, down, come) quickly. By all accounts she gets along well with other dogs at the shelter. Kayla pulls some on her walks, but is learning not to lunge and is getting better with practice. The further she goes, the more she calms down. With longer, more frequent walks and more training she will improve quickly.

Here’s the thing about Kayla. She’s ‘a lot of dog’. She’s probably not a fit for the first time dog owner or for someone with small children. For an active owner with experience who’s willing to put in the time, though, she could be a real gem – she is smart, loving and up for anything. And if you already have one high-energy dog and are looking for a companion, she might be perfect.

The best way to check on the adoption status of Kayla (and other dogs and cats and other small domestic animals) is to visit Toronto Animal Services adoption website or call (416) 338-6271 for the Toronto Animal Services West shelter. If Kayla is no longer on the TAS adoption website, it's probably because she's been adopted already.

4 Comments to “Kayla - Labrador mix”

  1. Anonymous says:

    She's a diamond, absolutely a beautiful girl. I pray that she finds a good home with good hearted, friendly, and loving people. Keep shinning beautiful girl.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Has Kayla been adopted? She's no longer on the site. Can someone please let us know.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Thank you Fr ed it's great news for dog lovers. I always checked the site to see if Kayla got adopted cuz she's been there for awhile. I'm so happy for her may she live a long, happy life.

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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.