If you want to add a furry friend to your family, you have a couple options. You can buy a new pet from a breeder, a pet store or an individual who is selling it, or you can adopt pets from shelters. Pets in shelters have been abandoned, surrendered or taken from their previous owners. They are looking for a home where they can be a part of a family. They are the forgotten pets that are sitting around hoping for a family to love. Unfortunately, there are many harmful myths about shelter pets that keep people from wanting to adopt a cat or dog. Here’s a look at some of those myths.
Myth: There is Something Wrong With Pets in Shelters
Many people think that any pet in a shelter is not a good pet. They may believe they have behavioral issues, are aggressive or otherwise just have something wrong that makes them a bad choice for a pet. The truth is that shelter pets are usually in great health. They have been checked over by a vet and given their shots and proper care to ensure they are healthy.
Think about it. Why would a shelter want to keep animals that are sick? One sick animal could affect all the others, leading to expensive care costs. Shelter want to keep their animals healthy so this doesn’t happen.
In addition, behavior issues are often not even the reason why these pets have ended up in a shelter. Many have been abandoned or turned in because the family that originally had them simply couldn’t care for them anymore. Some people give up pets due to allergies or because they can’t take a pet when they move. There are also cases where an owner dies or there is an unexpected pregnancy and the owner can’t keep the babies.
Most shelter pets are loving and make great additions to a home. They simply just need someone willing to take them in.
Myth: Shelter Pets Are Old
While most pets in a shelter are not going to be puppies and kittens, most are not old or senior age. Many are in the prime of their lives. The best part about this is that most are already trained and housebroken. You won’t have to deal with potty training or worry about the pet having behavioral issues. The shelter should be able to tell you all about the pet’s personality and temperament. They will have you meet the animal and get to know it before the adoption is finalized to ensure you mesh well.
Myth: Pet Adoption Is Expensive
This is a tough one because sometimes adopting a pet can be more expensive than buying one, but you have to consider what you are getting. When you adopt a cat or dog, you are getting a pet that has had complete vet care. The animal will be spayed or neutered and be up-to-date on its vaccinations. Any health problems will be completely documented, so there won’t be any surprises. In addition, you will get information about the animal so you can be sure it will fit in with your family. When you buy a pet, you usually don’t get any of that care background and usually the seller knows little about the animal’s demeanor.
When it comes to getting a new pet, it is well worth it to choose to adopt a cat or dog instead of buying one. Ignore all the myths and misunderstandings about adoption. When you adopt, you are giving a pet a chance at a happy life.