BONUS – 3 Common Animal Shelter Myths Debunked*

You can discover your new best friend at  an animal shelter.

You can discover your new best friend at  an animal shelter.

Finding a pet is like finding a best friend. You know when you meet it that this is your new pal. But the journey to finding the perfect pet can be challenging. Many people know of a shelter near them, but choose to look for a breeder instead because they believe a few myths. However, you can discover your new best friend at an animal shelter. Here are three of the most common myths debunked:

1. You won’t know the pet’s history
Some shelters have a lot of information on a pet, such as its breed, age, personality and past home life. Other times, the shelter just doesn’t know. Ask the shelter if the animals have been fostered in the past and you may be able to gather more information to help you make a decision.

2. All the animals are old
While many shelter pets are older, you can find puppies and kittens as well. Shelters house a variety of pets of all ages and breeds. Besides, you might find that an older pet is the perfect fit for you and your family.

3. These pets are homeless for a reason
The pets are in a shelter for many reasons. Some were pulled from abusive situations and others simply couldn’t find a home. That doesn’t mean the animals themselves are unlovable. If you give your shelter pet all the love you have, it will develop into an amazing companion.

Photo of a dog behind a chain-link fence at th...

A dog behind a chain-link fence at the Paws and More No Kill Animal Shelter in Washington, Iowa.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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