Approximately 3.9 million dogs enter animal shelters every year, meaning only 1 in 10 dogs born will find a permanent loving home. The two main reasons dogs end up in shelters is because owners give them up or animal control finds them on the streets. But why are people wary of adopting dogs from animals shelters? It’s because of the following MYTHS! Here are some myths about shelter dogs…
YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GETTING
This is entirely wrong. Shelter workers aren’t rash about their decisions; they evaluate and make sure your new friend is fit for your lifestyle and help you find the perfect match.
ALL SHELTER DOGS ARE OLD
The average age of dogs entering shelters is around 18 months. Plus many dogs who enter shelters are already pregnant meaning lots of puppies also need adopting. But if you’re looking for a little company around the home from someone who is easy to look after, then why not give the oldies a chance?! They have just as much love to give as anyone other pooch.
ADOPTING IS COMPLICATED
It’s easy and is only a longer process because the workers want to ensure your new pooch in suited to you and is going to a home where they will fit in and be loved and cared for.
YOU WON’T FIND THE BREED YOU WANT
Shelters have all shapes, sizes, and breeds of dogs including mixed and purebred. But wouldn’t it be nicer to go in with an open mind and falling in love with a new pet purely based on love at first sight?
SHELTER DOGS HAVE HEALTH ISSUES
Truth is, shelter dogs are strong and healthier than most bought dogs. Many purebreds have genetic health issues whereas shelter dogs and many mixed breeds don’t because there is less inbreeding taking place. They also come with all their vaccinations and microchip!
Adopt. Don’t shop.
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