Five Common Misconceptions About Pet Adoption

We put together a list of common Pet adoption common myths, in the desires that you can gently point friends toward this post when they speak about adding a pet to their family.

Myth #1: I don’t know what I’m getting

There may in reality become more information available about an adoptable dog or cat than one from a breeder or pet store.

Lots of the pets posted on Petfinder are in foster treatment. Foster parents live with their charges 24-7 and can often tell you, in detail, about the pet’s personality and behaviors. If the pet is at a shelter, the staff or volunteers might be able to let you know what he or she is like.

At the very least, you can ask the staff if your pet was an owner surrender (rather than a stray) and, if so, the particular past owner said about her or him. Quite often house animals are given up because the dog owner confronted financial or property issues (more on that later).

Myth #2: I can’t find what I’d like at a shelter

If you cannot find your pet you are considering on Petfinder, don’t give up. Some shelters maintain waiting lists for specific breeds, so don’t be fearful to ask! There are also breed-specific rescues for almost every breed, and the majority of them post their dogs and cats on Petfinder. See more:

Myth #3: I can get a free pet, so why pay a Pet adoption price?

According to the National Council on Dog or cat Population Study and Coverage (via the ASPCA), roughly 65% of pet parents in the U.S. get their pets for free or at low cost, and most pets are extracted from acquaintances or members of the family. The NCPPSP also reports that pets bought from friends constitute more than 30% of dogs surrendered to shelters (read the article here).

Whilst getting a “free” pet may seem like a bargain at first, you’re then in charge of veterinary costs that shelters and save groupings usually cover, including:

  • Spaying/neutering $150-300
  • Distemper vaccination $20-30 x2
  • Rabies vaccination $15-25
  • Heartworm test $15-35
  • Flea/tick treatment $50-200
  • Microchip $50

Myth #4: Dogs are in shelters because they didn’t make good pets

In fact, the primary reasons Pet adoption up includes:

  • Owners are moving to property that never let pets (7% canines, 8% pet cats)
  • Allergies (8% felines)
  • Owner having personal problems (4% dogs and cats)
  • Too many or no room for litter mates (7% dogs, 17% cats)
  • Owner can no longer afford the dog or cat (5% puppies, 6% pet cats)
  • Owner no longer has time for your pet (4% puppies)

As you can plainly see, many of the reasons have nothing to do with the household pets themselves. Dealing with shelter staff and volunteers can be considered a great way to determine the best match for you and your home.

Misconception #5: Shelter pets have too much baggage

Rescued household pets have full histories … something that can in fact be GREAT for adopters. Bear in mind, all house animals- even eight-week old puppies and kittens — have unique personalities. Those personalities will either jive with your home and lifestyle or not.  Work with recovery group or shelter personnel to find the right fit for you.

What Pet adoption misconceptions have you observed, and how do you address them? Reveal here Barbara Bruin New Mexico!

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