Unfortunately there are some myths floating around in society about shelter animals, and it can lead to stigma and therefor lack of adoption.
Myth 1: This dog/cat is in the shelter because something is wrong with them
While some pets may have to be relinquished by a family due to behavioural problems, many dogs and cats are abandoned due to sheer neglect. Sadly, they did not have a choice.
Myth 2: All shelter animals are older
There are certainly puppies in animal shelters! But also think about it this way too… if you adopted an older dog you could bypass the chew phase and the pee everywhere phase. You can provide a dog with a loving home to live out the rest of their days, and they would be eternally grateful for you to do that. We think that older dogs are just as cute too!
Myth 3: Shelters don’t have purebred dogs
Nope! A U.S study found that 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred (or 1 in 4)
The benefits far outweigh any possible negatives! I’ll also be writing a post about the health benefits of pets, just in case you need some more convincing.