Five Common Myths About Adopting


Myth #1: I don’t know what I’m getting
The animals available through Shirley’s Angels Boxer Rescue are all in foster care. Foster parents live with their charges 24-7 and can often tell you, in detail, about the pet’s personality and habits.

Myth #2: I can get a free pet, so why pay an adoption fee?
While getting a “free” pet may seem like a bargain at first, you’re then responsible for veterinary costs that shelters and rescue groups usually cover, including:

  • Veterinary wellness visit and exam $50-100
  • Spaying/neutering $150-300
  • Distemper vaccination $20-30 x2
  • Rabies vaccination $15-25
  • Heartworm test $15-35
  • Heartworm prevention $50-200
  • Flea/tick treatment $50-200
  • Deworming $20-50

Myth #3: I’ll be “rescuing” a sick puppy from a pet store
Pet stores play on our sympathies by keeping pets in small enclosures and in storefronts. But paying the pet store to let you “save” the puppy or kitten gives those stores exactly what they want — income — and perpetuates a cruel industry – puppy mills.

Myth #4: Pets are in shelters because they didn’t make good pets
In fact, the main reasons pets are given up include:

  • Owners are moving to housing that don’t allow pets
  • Allergies
  • Owner having personal problems
  • Owner can no longer afford the pet
  • Owner no longer has time for the pet

Myth #5: Shelter pets have too much baggage
Rescued pets have full histories … something that can actually be GREAT for adopters. Remember, all pets– even eight-week old puppies and kittens — have distinct personalities. Those personalities will either jive with your home and lifestyle or not.  Work with a rescue group or shelter to find the right fit for you.