Shelter pets can have a bad rep sometimes. Many people believe they are at the shelter because they are “bad” or have behavioral problems, but the reality is that the majority of dogs and cats have found their way into a shelter at no fault of their own.
According to a study conducted by PetFinder, the top 10 reasons for relinquishing a pet include:
The pets found at shelters can often seem shy and cautious around visitors, but we have to keep in mind what they have been through. Like people, animals are aware of their environments and the people around them. They become confused, frightened, and, yes, sometimes a little snippy because they’re scared. Often times that older animal has a lot of life left in them and will still provide plenty of energy. Maybe that dirty, scruffy looking dog just needs a really good grooming and face to lick. The cat at the shelter may seem shy because she was dropped off by her owner and is still trying to adjust. These dogs and cats just need someone to believe in them and give them a second chance.
Many people do not consider adopting from a shelter because they are looking for a purebred. According to a study conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, at least 25% of dogs in shelters are purebred. If finding a purebred dog at a shelter becomes difficult, consider researching a breed specific rescue near you.
Bottom line: Rescued pets ROCK! You have no idea the amount of love and gratitude you will receive when you give a pet in need a chance.*Sources: