Animal shelters across the country do their best to care for the millions of pets that come through their doors every year, but prevailing misconceptions are interfering with their life-saving efforts. Shelters are part of every community, but not everyone understands exactly what they do and what they’re all about. These issues of confusion are hurting adoptable animals, and it’s time to set the record straight.
Here are a few myths about animal shelters that simply aren’t true.
1. Shelters are sad and depressing places.
It’s not hard to find heartbreak in a rescue shelter. Dogs are left by their previous owners and struggle to cope with the emotional distress of their abandonment. At the same time, however, animal shelters are often settings of great joy.
They’re where dedicated staff and volunteers gradually change a nervous dog’s perspective about people. They’re where dogs experience their first taste of kindness and friendship. And every day, it’s where lives are saved and new family bonds are formed. There are no shortages of smiles or tail wags.