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Don’t Believe These Animal Shelter Misconceptions

Animal shelters are often misunderstood. Unfortunately, this means that many wonderful pets don’t find a loving home simply because of misinformation or misconceptions! Here, your Riverside County, CA clears up the confusion on a few prevalent animal-shelter myths.

Shelter Pets Are Old

Think all shelter pets are old, unwanted animals? Think again. The truth is, pets of all ages can be found at shelters, from the youngest newborns to elderly animals and every age in between. No matter the age of pet you’re looking for, it’s a safe bet that you’ll find it in your local animal shelter.

Shelters and Their Pets Are Dirty

This isn’t true. Shelters themselves must be maintained properly, because cleanliness and sanitation are essential to prevent the spread of disease in an area where multiple animals are housed. The pets in shelters aren’t dirty either; even if they’re grimy when they arrive at the facility, all pets are bathed, clipped, given nail trims and vaccinations, and in some cases even spayed or neutered if necessary.

Shelter Pets Aren’t Well-Behaved

Some people make the mistake of thinking that pets wouldn’t wind up in a shelter in the first place if they were well-behaved. This is a fundamental misunderstanding. Pets find themselves in shelters for all sorts of reasons, the least of which is poor behavior. Unrestricted breeding, abandonment, and a host of other problems cause pets to wind up in shelters, and the vast majority of them are perfectly well-mannered and behaved.

Shelters Only Have Dogs and Cats

We tend to think of shelters as housing dogs and cats only. While some do, many shelters have other types of pets as well. Check to see if your local animal shelters have pocket pets like ferrets, guinea pigs, hamsters, gerbils, rats, and mice, or more exotic options like birds and reptiles. If you’re in the market for a unique pet, save a life and consider adopting from your local shelter!

Shelters Don’t Have Any Purebred Animals

Do you and your family have your hearts set on a particular breed of pet? You might make the mistake of thinking that shelters won’t have the purebred animal you’re looking for, but this isn’t true. Shelters are just as likely to have purebreds as they are to have mixed-breeds, so check there first.

Your Riverside County, CA veterinarian can tell you more about the adoption process—call the office today.

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