Don’t Believe These Animal Shelter Myths!

Likely thanks to the nature of the work they do, animal shelters—and the pets housed inside of them—tend to get a bad rap. Don’t believe everything you hear! Below, your Lafayette, LA veterinarian sets the record straight on a few common misconceptions.

Shelters and Their Pets Are Dirty

This isn’t true. Proper sanitation and cleanliness are of the utmost importance in shelters, where so many animals are housed in a confined space together, in order to prevent the spread of contagious disease and infections. Even if a pet arrives at the shelter dirty, they will be bathed, clipped, given a nail trim, administered vaccinations, and even spayed or neutered if necessary in some cases.

Shelter Animals Aren’t Well-Behaved

Many people make the mistake of thinking that a pet wouldn’t wind up at a shelter if they were well-behaved. This is a fundamental misunderstanding; pets don’t come to shelters because they’re poorly behaved (this is in fact one of the least common reasons that pets are relinquished to shelters). Abandonment, unrestricted breeding, and other issues are much more likely to be the cause, and most pets in shelters are perfectly sweet.

Shelter Animals Are Old

Some think of shelter pets as old, unwanted animals. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Take a stroll through your local shelter—you’ll undoubtedly find that animals of all ages, from puppies and kittens to middle-aged pets to elderly critters, are housed there. No matter what age of pet you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it in your local animal shelter. Start your search there!

Shelter Staff Aren’t Experienced

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that shelter staff are only inexperienced volunteers. While many shelter staff do give their time as volunteers, this doesn’t mean they have no animal-care experience. Many shelter staff members are also veterinary assistants, technicians, animal-control professionals, trainers, behaviorists, or even veterinarians!

Shelters Only Have Mixed Breeds

Shelters are sometimes thought of as only containing mixed-breeds or mutts. This isn’t true. You’re just as likely to find a purebred animal in a shelter as you are a mixed breed. If you have your mind made up on the particular type of pet you’d like, consider checking out your local shelters before visiting a breeder.

Do you have questions about the adoption process? Wondering more about animal shelters and they work they do? Ask your vet in Lafayette, LA.

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