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From the owner of Clara, now Meike:

Hi there!

I discovered my dog was on your blog. I adopted her from TAS South in Aug. 2012, and she's been living with me for 3 years now. She wasn't in the best health when I got her; she was diagnosed with a heart murmur and a really bad sensitivity to chicken. After I started her on a chicken-free prescription diet, her skin and fur problems cleared up within a few weeks. We visit the vet regularly to have her heart murmur checked. She also has a bunch of friends (both dog and human) in our neighbourhood.

I adopted a cat from TAS in Dec 2013, and the two of them have been best friends ever since (except when the cat pounces in the middle of the night).

I've attached a picture of the two of them that you can use on your website if you like. I hope the resolution and size is sufficient; let me know if you need a better quality image.

Clara was renamed "Meike", and the cat is named "Kumar".

I love your blog--thanks for taking amazing pics of the pound dogs!

4 Comments to “Update on Clara”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a lovely story and sweet photograph! Two lucky animals and a wonderful compassionate owner! Thank you for the update!

  2. Anonymous says:

    That's what us pet lovers, love to hear a pet adopted from the shelter to a happy loving ending and still counting. May God bless you your cute lovable fur family.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a beautiful pair of friends!

  4. Anonymous says:

    So wonderful to hear Meike is doing so well and has such a loving and caring owner! Love the pic of Meike and Kumar, what a great pair of chums.

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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.