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 adopt@teamdogrescue.ca .






Friday, 150 people waited for the doors to open at 10 a.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Building to be let into the Adopt-a-thon. Saturday, over 200 people waited for the doors to open. By Saturday afternoon, all of the adoptable dogs from Toronto Animal Services were adopted. That was thirty dogs. The Toronto Humane Society had done dozens more adoptions (someone told me around seventy dogs) and they only had a few dogs left.

Cats were doing really well also. Over two hundred adopted so far in total at the event.

A lot of people went home very happy with new bundles of joy. Some went home empty-handed and not so happy (there are always more at the shelters and rescues). I suspect next year, now that the organizers know what to expect, there will be a lot more dogs and people on hand to assist.

Maddie from TAS North being admired by fans

Lots of hands. The dogs were very well behaved considering all the hands and fingers reaching out for them

Kona, waiting for her new owner to finish with the adoption interview

Wolf, a ten year old retired sled dog, with his new family



Minnie spent her whole life in someone's backyard. No wonder her coat is as thick as it is and no wonder she can do with some TLC. I'm told her hind end, through neglect or genetics, is a bit weak although she seemed fine on the walk beside me. Perhaps because of that, Minnie is a pretty relaxed Husky. She was a bit camera shy and would back away but her love of affection got the better of her and she kept coming in for ear scratches.





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.



Bella's got that tough dog look down pat but the only thing remotely dangerous about her is the drool that comes flying off her flappy lips when she shakes her head. She's a snuggler and cuddler with people and seems to like other dogs as well.




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.



Donovan is on a mission to track down whatever scents cross his nose - which means he pulls. And he's strong. Maybe in his past life he was a tractor trailer. He's very happy, though, and attentive to food so with a modicum of training, someone's going to get a beautiful dog with a lot of positive energy.






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.



Rupert trots along on his big feet and squats for a pee on the grass just outside the door. He's still a youngster and hasn't learned to lift his leg yet. We go another few steps when a bus passes by and Rupert looks uncertain then sits. A truck goes by in the other direction and now Rupert looks at me with his big brown eyes and I know he's not going to take another step further. I take some photos then we head back to the entrance and Rupert is pulling to get back inside, although when he sees another dog, his curiousity gets the better of him and he stops to check out the other one. Inside, I let go of the leash and Rupert runs from one staffer to another, greeting each with happy paws and puppy slobber.





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.



I was sent a recent photo of Foxy, now Maya, and wanted to share. Just check out how good she looks now versus when she first came into Toronto Animal Services.

Before:


Now:



I remember too how I just couldn't get her to into the camera because she was just so shy and uncertain. Now her beautiful brown eyes look right at you.



Can't imagine why someone would dump Mulroney in a stranger's backyard, him being such a sweet dog. He might already be more than two years old but he's still got the personality of a pup. Oh look, a stick. Must make friends with it now. Oh look, a person. Must be best pal immediately. Only thing he didn't like, in fact veered away from and eyed suspiciously, was some Toronto Maple Leafs trailer parked by the shelter. Read into that what you want.





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.



Magic greets me at her kennel door with a wagging tail and a wet nose through the wire mesh. The notes say she is prone to submissive peeing but I don't see any of that. Outside, she is friendly with everyone she meets and loves hanging around other dogs. I had Simone with me and introduced the two of them, just cuz, but Simone was like, "Get that blustery thing away from me," which is typical of Simone but Magic was not at all offended and continued to be friendly as friendly can be.


Will raise paw for snack



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.



Chip is a skinny puppy who would prefer to be held under your jacket on days with anywhere near a temperature of less than balmy. At one point on our walk, he got spooked and managed to escape his harness and was about to run away from the scary noise but then perhaps realized I was the key to getting back inside the warm shelter so he stuck around. Plus I had snacks.

He's also a kisser so watch out for that.





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.





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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.
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