Shelter dog misconceptions

I love humane societies. That's where it all started for me. The first job I fell in love with was at an animal shelter when I was 19 years old and I stayed for two and a half years. It was hard work and little pay but it was more than rewarding. I learned a lot about shelter dog behavior and was surprised to find out some people are resistant to adopt shelter dogs. Here are just a couple shelter dog myths that i'd like to put to rest right now.

1) Adoption fees are too expensive. Are you kidding?! Adoption fees are absolutely reasonable. The dog you're adopting for around $200 (depending on city/age/breed) should already be spayed/neutered and up to date on shots! Everything is taken care of for you, all wrapped up in the adoption fee. If you got a free dog off the classified section and had to pay for all that yourself, you'd be looking at much more than $200. 

2) The dogs all have issues. You're telling me your own dog doesn't have issues? No dog is perfect, but in my years of working a shelters, majority of why dogs are surrendered is the human's fault. They're moving, they lost their job, they don't have time for it, the dog grows up to be too big, blah blah blah. It's pretty rare for a dog to be relinquished strictly due to behavior problems, though it does happen. Most of the dogs are perfectly adoptable and will make excellent companions. 

3) Shelters get their funding through bigger organizations. No, no, no. Money doesn't trickle down. The Humane Society of the United States and the ASPCA have their own sources of funding and they don't pass down extra cash. If you want to support a local humane society, help them directly. If you don't have a dollar to spare then give your time! Volunteering is very rewarding and the staff is so grateful. 

4) There aren't any purebred dogs. First of all, what's wrong with mutts? Mutts are great! I could, and just might, write an entire post dedicated to the awesomeness of mixed breed dogs. Second, there are purebred dogs in shelters and there are entire rescue groups dedicated to purebred dogs. If you absolutely have to have a purebred dog you have to look a little harder but you'll find one! 

5) You're stuck with issues. If you adopt a dog or puppy from a shelter you will likely receive ongoing support. If you have any questions or concerns about your adopted dog's behavior the shelter staff will be there to help you out. In any case, they should absolutely take the dog back if it's not working out. 

I think taking a dog from a person you don't know off the internet is sketchy. That person could be withholding information about the dog's temperament or health, and they're likely not going to help you if you run into problems down the road. Adopting a dog is saving a life! There is nothing more rewarding than adopting an animal in need of a home. I just dare you to try it. 

Let me know how that goes for you, ok?



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