Myths of Dog Adoption
There are quite a few different myths associated with dog adoption and it is important that you know what they are if you are interested in adopting one yourself. Adopting a dog is a big step to take so you will obviously want to be well informed about the entire process.
Shelters don’t provide any information about the dog
One of the most common myths regarding dog adoption is that a shelter will provide you little to no information on the dog you are getting, when in reality the exact opposite is true.
You will actually probably get more information on the dog you selected than from a breeder or pet store, which is definitely a plus. You will at least know whether the dog was an owner surrender or abandoned (a stray), which is also good to know.
It is difficult to find the right dog at a shelter
The fact is that dog shelters offer a wide variety of choices, so you will most likely be able to find what you want, even if it means having to go to another one close by. You will find that some of these shelters have waiting lists for certain breeds, so you will want to inquire if you are interested.
You can use Petfinder online to search for different breeds and see which rescues are available in your area. This makes finding the right dog for you simple, easy, and convenient!
If I can just get a dog for free, why pay the adoption fee?
While it is true that you may be able to get a dog for free, adopting a rescue and paying the fee will most likely mean saving money. The adoption fee that you pay usually includes spaying/neutering, distemper vaccination, rabies vaccination, heartworm test, flea/tick treatment, and a microchip.
All of these things can add up to multiple hundreds of dollars, so paying the adoption fee is usually the better option financially speaking.
All of the dogs in shelters have behavior or health problems
While it is true that some rescue dogs have health problems that need to be taken care of on a regular basis, most of them are loving animals that just want a home.
Some of the most common reasons that people give their dogs over to shelters is because other people in their household are allergic to them, cannot afford to pay for them, no room for litter mates, and they no longer have time to take care of them.
Purebreds aren’t available for adoption from shelters
Despite the fact that many people believe shelters do not offer many purebreds if at all, the truth is that you can find all sorts of purebreds that are available for adoption. Whether you are looking for a purebred boxer or a golden retriever, you will most likely be able to find the type of dog you want with very little effort.
The process of adopting a dog takes too long or is too much work
Adopting a dog will give one of these animals a home and potentially save their life, and it is not much work at all for the person who is doing the adopting.
While it is true that you do have to follow a certain process before you can get the dog you want, including setting up a meeting with the shelter as well as paying some fees, it is well worth it for many people.
You can’t get to know shelter dogs very well before taking them home
A vast majority of shelters allow home visits so that potential owners can get to know the dogs they are interested in adopting before making the commitment of taking them home permanently.
This will allow you to interact with the dog and spend some time with it before making a final decision. In fact, most shelters encourage you to do this to avoid making a decision you will later regret.