If you’re the proud pet parent of an adopted dog, you already know how special your bond is with your rescued best friend. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions out there about rescue dogs that discourage some people from opting for adoption. Below are four rescue dog myths that are just not true:
1.) There is something wrong with them.
False! The truth of the matter is, most dogs end up in shelters through no fault of their own. Oftentimes, their family fell on hard times or didn’t plan appropriately for bringing a new puppy home. Given a loving family and a stable home, even the most timid of shelter dogs can thrive.
2.) Not knowing their history is risky.
First of all, shelters and rescue organizations do have information about the history of many of their animals. Secondly, dogs are pretty resilient creatures. Even canines who have experienced some sort of known trauma in their past can make loving, loyal companions. Speak with an adoption counselor at your local shelter to find the best match for you.
3.) They’re diseased.
Most of the time, animals are fully vetted before being adopted out. Vaccinations have likely already been given and any health issues are clearly relayed to the adopter. Some shelters even provide a voucher for a free wellness exam at a local veterinary clinic.
4.) They’re too old.
There are so many benefits to adopting an adult dog. They’re likely out of the chewing stage, potty training goes a lot faster, and they’re a little more independent than young puppies. Even if your heart is absolutely set on a puppy, adoption is still an option. Although not as common, puppies still end up in shelters and rescues.
Choosing to adopt is such a rewarding experience, don’t let these myths hold you back!