The Most Common Rescue Dog Myths
Whilst many people are proud to go down the 'Adopt Don't Shop' route, there are countless others who think of shelters and immediately dismiss them as not being able to meet their desired preferences for their new furry friend. Let's break down some of the top myths that act as rescue dog deterrents...
Myth #1: Dogs end up in a shelter because they have behavioural issues
Dogs are be abandoned for many reasons unrelated to their behaviour. Examples include not being able to pay a vet bill for a treatable issue, or lifestyle changes like moving to a new city.
Since so many dogs are surrendered due to no fault of their own, many just want to find a forever home to love them again and would the most perfect addition to a new family.
Myth #2: There are no purebreds in shelters
A big reason why some people don’t try a shelter is because they assume all rescue dogs are mutts, or that they’ll have a really hard time finding the breed they have in mind.
Personally, we like a Mongrel (shocking, we know!), but if you're looking for a particular breed there are plenty of purebreds in shelters. So if you do need a specific breed due to allergies, or a weight limit, you shouldn’t assume a rescue is off-limits.
Myth #3: Rescue dogs are unhealthy and sick
The majority of rescue dogs don’t have any illnesses, and the ones who do usually have very minor issues.
Once these dogs are properly taken care of at the rescue, they recover and are good as new and ready to find their forever home. And a good shelter will always let you know upfront if a particular dog has longer-term health issues, so you shouldn’t be worried you’ll be caught by surprise.
Myth #4: Previously abused dogs won't make good pets
Although some — not all — rescue dogs have had a harder life, it doesn’t mean they’re lost causes. Most just crave love and attention just like every other dog, and there are countless resources online and professionals at hand if there are behavioural issues that do need addressing.
Myth #5: getting an older dog means they can't be trained
Older dogs can easily be trained in the same ways that puppies are. In fact, studies have shown that rescue dogs can often be even easier to train due to their desire to please their rescuer and make sure that their new, happy life continues.