There are plenty of really good reasons to adopt a rescue or shelter pet rather than buy from a breeder or pet store. They are more humane than puppy mills, the animals are great, and best of all, getting a pet from a shelter saves it from being one of the 2.7 million pets who are euthanized each year.
Yet, people are still apprehensive about adopting a pet from a shelter. Unfortunately, there are many myths about shelter animals which dissuade people from wanting to utilize this very viable pet acquisition option. Read on to get educated about the myths and facts about pet adoption.
Myth 1: Shelter Pets are Too Old
Shelters house pets of all ages, from puppies all the way to seniors. If you are looking for a puppy for the kids to grow up with, a shelter is the perfect place to pick out your new pup. If you and your significant other want to get a pet, but you aren’t ready for a big commitment, you could go to a shelter and get a pet in its golden years. Shelters have pets of any age for any situation.
Myth 2: No Purebreds
People tend to think of shelters as being composed entirely of mutts, but that is not at all the case. The range of animals you are likely to find in shelters extends from purebreds through to any kind of mixed breed you can imagine. There are also rescue organizations dedicated to specific breeds. So if it is a specific breed you are looking for, you will want to start by seeing if there is a rescue group dedicated to that breed nearby. Furthermore, who says purebreds are better anyhow? There are a lot of advantages to owning a mixed breed dog including their freedom from genetic problems lots of purebreds have.
Myth 3: Shelter Pets are Dirty/Diseased
Pets come into shelters from all sorts of places. Some of them are not so clean when they enter. But once the helpful folks at the shelter have bathed, brushed and clipped the animals, they come out looking good as new. Pets in shelters are also given all the needed medications, vaccinations, and are spayed/neutered. Pets who enter shelters leave ready to be great pets at home.
Myth 4: Shelter Pets are Problem Pets
People seem to think that shelter animals wound up there because their previous caretaker couldn’t handle them or there was some other problem with their personality. The truth of the matter is that most of the time, the owner’s circumstances are the reason they couldn’t keep the pet. Pets are given up because owners are allergic, move to a non-pet friendly residence, or cannot afford to spend time or money on the pet. Pets are flexible, but owners can be very tough to get along with.
Myth 5: Shelter Pets are Too Expensive
The adoption fee can give some prospective owners a bit of sticker shock but when you look at what you get for it, it can be a great value. The adoption fee covers the cost of housing, feeding, and bathing the pets as well as spaying/neutering vaccinations and microchipping which can amount to a much higher cost when put onto you, the end user.