Myths About Animal Shelters

Pet adoption is a great way of getting pets in a much less price.In addition, adoption of pet is a fantastic way of providing homes and taking care to the pets and animals that have been mistreated by its previous owners or left.

Adopting pets from shelters is very cheap in comparison of buying a pet from the stores because we have to pay only a nominal adoption fee.  Adoption fees range from $35 to $200 and almost always include medical treatment like vaccines, deworming, and spaying (neuter).  There are even shelters that offer follow up veterinary services to ensure that pets remain healthy and able to get the necessary vaccines. 

Animal shelters provide great choices for adoptable pets.  Shelters not only have adult animals, but they also have kittens and puppies that a pet parent can choose from. However there are some myths about animal shelters and why it is not a good place to adopt from.

Many people believe that pets in shelters have behavioural problems.It is essential to keep in mind that these animals have been treated badly by previous owners. They might have experienced neglect and abuse.  Animals in shelters normally exhibit minor behavioural problems.  Some of these pets may be scared while others can be excited.Animals having major problems with respect to behaviour are not displayed for adoption.

Screen test is done by the animal shelters in order to know the temperament of animals living in the shelter.  The shelters try to get as much information they could get from the animals’ previous owners.  Soon-to-be pet parents are happier and at ease to know that their new pet has healthy and friendly temperament. 

Since these animals have been neglected, abused and abandoned, the next parent should display more patience to train them. Also since these pets already know and encountered difficult hardships they display more loyalty and devotion to their new owners. There are some pet parents who have adopted from shelters saying that their pets are more loyal and loving than other pets.

Another shelter myth says that pets from shelters and pounds are mature animals and cannot be trained.Normally you find older animals in shelters however there are puppies and kittens also available for adoption. 

Adoptable animals from shelters can be trained like other animals. The important thing during training is to be consistent, patient and understanding.  Animals (regardless if they are in shelter or in homes) respond to good, effective, loving and humane training techniques.

There are shelters that offer the new pet parent the opportunity to participate in obedience training and pet parenting classes.  These sessions serve as a transition period for the pet and the parent to bond together. 

It is commonly believed that pets in animal shelters are inferior to purebred animals.  According to the Humane Society of the United States there is an average of 25 to 30 percent of purebreds in animal shelters. 

Also, mixed bred animals are not inferior to purebred animals.  Animal shelters have pets that are healthier and have better temperaments than purebred.  Interested pet parents just have to talk to the shelter and provide the what kind of behaviour they would like to have in their pets.  Mixed bred pets oftentimes exhibit traits of several breeds.  If a pet parent like to have a purebred because of its temperament, the shelter would likely have a mixed bred that exhibits the qualities of the purebred. 

Going to a shelter for a pet adoption is a great way of helping animals in need in a much affordable and economic way.  Adopting a pet from a shelter is not only a solution for the pet parent’s problem but also a way of saving a life.