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5 Myths about Shelter Animals

April 29, 2013

When it comes to adopting a new pet, many people shy away from shelter animals, choosing instead to go with pet stores, breeders or private parties. This has a lot to do with the many myths and rumors circulating that have painted shelters in a bad light. The truth is shelters are excellent sources for animal adoptions. Below a Welland veterinarian reveals 5 common myths about shelter animals and the truth behind why you should reconsider where you go to adopt your next pet.

Myth #1: Shelter animals were abandoned because of something bad.

Truth: Many people mistakenly believe that the only reason an animal would be left at a shelter is because of bad behavior or illness. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, most shelter pets are perfectly healthy and well-behaved, and were given up simply because their owners couldn’t care for them anymore.

Myth #2: Shelter animals are more prone to illness or disease.

Truth: Sure, shelter pets can get sick, but so can those purchased from a pet store or breeder. Shelters typically work with local vets to ensure that their animals are well cared for and provided with routine wellness care and vaccinations to keep them safe and healthy.

Myth #3: With shelter animals, you don’t know what you’re getting.

Truth: To the contrary, as an experienced Welland veterinarian points out, shelters often know a great deal about the animals in their care, including how they are with children and other pets. This is much more information than you’d be able to get if you adopted from a breeder or pet store.

Myth #4: Shelters only have cats and dogs.

Truth: If you’re in the market to adopt an exotic pet, such as a ferret or bird, don’t write off the possibility of finding one at a shelter. Check with your Welland Veterinarian- he or she may be able to recommend a reputable shelter that offers a wide variety of animal companions for adoption.

Myth #5: Shelters aren’t the way to go, because it’s better to adopt animals that are younger.

Truth: While shelters provide temporary home to animals of all ages, it is true that most of the residents are older. That doesn’t mean that adopting from there isn’t a good option. In fact, adopting an older pet can have a lot of advantages, such as the fact that they’re likely already trained, have already been vaccinated, spayed or neutered, and are loving animals just looking for a forever home.

If you’re in the market to adopt a new animal companion, there are plenty of options. Your Welland veterinarian urges you to look past the myths and misconceptions and consider choosing a shelter pet. You won’t regret it!  To contact a local pet shelter in Welland follow the link  www. wellandhumanesociety .org