Three Shelter Pet Myths

Don’t believe everything you hear about shelter pets—there are many misconceptions and myths floating around out there! Below, your Scottsdale, AZ vet sets the record straight on three common misconceptions.

Shelter Pets Behave Poorly

Some think that pets wouldn’t end up in a shelter if they behaved well. This isn’t true. Pets don’t come to shelters because they’re poorly behaved; issues like abandonment and unrestricted breeding are much more common causes. The majority of shelter pets are perfectly well-behaved animals!

Shelter Pets Are Old

Think that all shelter pets are old animals relinquished by their owners? Think again. The truth is, pets of any age can be found in a shelter, from puppies and kittens to elderly animals and everything in between. If you have your heart set on a particular age of pet, visit your local shelters.

Shelters Only House Dogs and Cats

Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all you’ll find in a shelter is a dog or cat. Many shelters run adoption programs for exotic pets, reptiles, pocket pets like gerbils, hamsters, rats, mice, and guinea pigs, and even birds.

Does your newly adopted animal friend need a veterinary exam? Call your Scottsdale, AZ veterinarian.