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Shelter dogs are good dogs. Come meet some downtown this weekend.

Why is it that dogs from the shelter get a bad reputation? Often abused or neglected, shelter dogs are treated as dogs with behavioral problems, even though most of them ended up in shelters through no fault of their own. 

To combat that negative stereotype, locals are bringing real shelter dogs into downtown Vancouver to help people get to know them. On Saturday, October 1 at the TD Plaza (700 West Georgia), the Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS) will bring about half a dozen dogs – which are currently up for adoption – to a ‘Pop-Up Adoption Shelter’, where the public can have their photo taken with the shelters dogs. There’s also a green space for them to play in, and the public is welcome to bring their own dogs.

LAPS has a unique approach to caring for animals (play dates for socialization), and matching dogs with new owners (the ‘owner interview’). Information about their dogs can also be found on the organization's Facebook page. 

The event is part of a national fundraising campaign called the Pedigree Adoption Drive, which financially supports shelters across Canada – including the following BC shelters:

  • Langley Animal Protection Society (LAPS), Aldergrove, BC
  • Coquitlam Animal Shelter, Coquitlam, BC
  • PAWS, Creston, BC
  • Second Chance Animal Shelter, Nelson, BC 
  • Senior Animals In Need Today Society (SAINTS), Mission, BC 

 For every view of the Adoption Tales videos (like the one below), $1 is donated to the campaign, which helps shelter dogs find loving homes. 

“We're very proud to partner with our 30 animal shelters across the country to promote awareness about the importance of adoption and bring these good dogs to the public,” said Aisha Hassan, the campaign's spokesperson.

“Since the Pedigree Adoption Drive campaign launched in 2007, we have helped raise $650,000 CDN for shelters across Canada and with this year’s donation commitment will bring that total to $800,000 CDN.”

For more, check out the website. 


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