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Pets in shelters that go unadopted account for 2.5 million euthanasia cases each year. Every time you adopt a pet from a shelter, you save a life. However, there are some myths that keep people from adopting shelter pets. Here are some common myths surrounding animal shelter adoptions.Shelter dogs have health issues
Shelter dogs are just as prone to medical conditions as other pets. In fact, shelter dogs are usually mixed breed dogs, meaning they are healthier than their purebred counterparts, due to their mixed genetic composition. Also, most animal shelters will already have a vet overlook the health of the dogs beforehand, aside from providing DHPP and rabies vaccination. They also keep them free from fleas
, worms and ticks.Animal shelters are honest about medical conditions that pets going up for adoption suffer from, and you can speak to the vet to understand any medications or specific diet changes that the pet may need. Some animal shelters even offer a free or funded first visit to the vet.Shelter dogs have behavioral problems
A common misconception that people have about shelter pets is that they have been left to the care of a shelter due to behavioral problems. If you walk into an animal shelter looking for the perfect pet, then you are probably not ready to be a pet parent yet. Pets like other animals, and humans, are not perfect. However, that does not make them any less worthy of a home or a family.Pets that have behavioral problems can be trained and disciplined. Moreover, these shelter animals may be given up by their previous family for many reasons, and not necessarily due to behavioral problems. It is not the pets fault that they are in the animal shelter. It could be anything from the death of the pet parent, to a relocation that may have caused the pet to be separated from their previous family.Adopting a shelter dog is a tedious process
Some animal shelters may have a strict screening process to ensure that the pet is going to the right home. Many of these animals are rescued from the streets or abusive households. The screening process is how the shelter staff makes sure that the dog does not go through such traumatic experiences again.It is in the best interest of the pet’s health and wellness
. Yes, it may be a slightly time-consuming drill, but at the end of it you have an adorable pet to take home, and have given a pet a new shot at life. Some shelters even vaccinate, microchip and neuter the pets before they are put up for adoption, so the transition to the new home becomes simpler.