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5 Common Myths About Adopting Pets From Animal Shelters

5 Common Myths About Adopting Pets From Animal Shelters

Dispelling some of the most popular myths that surround shelter animals.

Any time we can save a pet from an unhealthy, unhappy environment and provide them with a forever loving home, we are doing that pet a great service much deeper than simply giving them a place to live. Homeless pets, just like any other pet, want a great family to care for them, play with them and love them. They just need that right person to come their way and adopt them from the animal shelter.

Unfortunately, many people have harmful, preconceived notions about animal shelters and have formed negative opinions of them without ever stepping foot in one. What these people do not realize is how helpful, rehabilitating and important these shelters can be for the millions of homeless animals across the country who are in need of refuge and kindness. For the majority of homeless or abused animals, these shelters are often the key to survival.

To help give future adoptive pet owners a better insight into the advantages of adopting from a shelter, as well as to help dispel some of the negative and off-putting rumors about animal shelters, today we are examining some of the most common myths surrounding adopting pets from shelters and putting the rumors to rest once and for all.

MYTH: Pets who are at shelters must have something wrong with them.

Many people often believe that the reason in which many pets end up in shelters has to do with the temperament, health or personality of the pet. In actuality, most of the time, these wonderful pets end up in animal shelters through no fault of their own. This could be because their owners are no longer able to provide them with proper care due to finances or an illness in the family, among many other reasons. Just because an animal is from a shelter, that should not say anything else about their personality or what kind of pet they will be in the care of a new family.

MYTH: Shelter animals have trouble loving a new family.

As with anyone who would have had to undergo moving from one family to another, it is true that shelter animals will often miss their old families and routines. However, this does not make it any more difficult for them to bond with their new family. In fact, shelter animals often bond more strongly to a new family because of their experience of losing their previous one.

MYTH: I won’t be able to find a purebred pet at a shelter.

The assumption that all pets at an animal shelter are mutts could not be more wrong. In fact, according to PetFinder.com founder Betsy Saul, 25% of all shelter pets are purebreds. Many of these purebreds that end up in shelters are often the offspring of purebred household pets who were not fixed and accidently had a litter which the owners could not afford to care for. However, it should be noted that just because you may be able to expect certain characteristics from pedigrees, that does not make them any better of a pet from their mixed breed counterparts.

If you have any more questions about pets at animal shelters or are looking to learn more about adopting a homeless pet, be sure to contact Texas Alliance for Homeless Pets today.

 

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