Here Is The Biggest Fear And Misunderstanding About Adopting Shelter Dogs


Are you fearful about adopting shelter dogs? Maybe your fear is more a misunderstanding. This article will help to clear up a couple of your fears and in the process encourage you to adopt not shop. 

Sabrina: “She is very polite when taking treats.” Faithful Friends Animal Society (Wilmington, Del.)

Homeless dogs in the world run in the millions and a huge number are currently in shelters awaiting one of two options: death, or a forever home. Too often, people hesitate to adopt shelter dogs because of certain fears or unwarranted ideas about them. Here, we challenge some common fears, myths, and misunderstandings about shelter dogs.

Adopting Shelter Dogs Is Scary. Right? Wrong!

One common misunderstanding is that dogs end up in shelters because they were strays snatched up during police raids, or they were aggressive. Therefore, the dog will tend to run away, they will have emotional problems because of how they were treated, or they are just vicious. Not True.

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One of the main reasons dogs wind up in shelters is owners give them up for reasons having nothing to do with the dog’s behavior. Many families place their dogs in shelters because they can no longer afford them. Some owners are forced to move to a place where dogs are not allowed or, worse, where a particular breed is not welcomed.

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Dogs also end up in shelters when new owner’s expectations and reality don’t mesh. For example, that little puppy grew up into a large, high energy dog living in a one-room apartment. Another example is the cute lap dog from the pet store goes out of control. Because it’s cuteness brings nothing but ongoing affection from the owner. Which goes to show without rules, boundaries, or limitations any shelter dog will run amuck.

A Shelter Dog Is Probably Sick. Umm –Not Necessarily!

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Yes, many shelter dogs have illnesses, and the most common in-shelter sickness is Kennel Cough. However, most shelters nowadays provide you with a voucher to cover or lower the cost of your first vet visit. The more devastating diseases have vaccines that are routinely provided by the shelter, like the rabies vaccination as well as a DHPP (Distemper/Hepatitis/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza) shot. You will find that most shelters do their best to ensure rescue dogs are free of fleas and worms. They also provide spaying and neutering as part of the adoption process.

I hope this answered some of your questions about adopting shelter dogs. How many shelter dogs do you have in your family?