Shelter animals are commonly misunderstood as unwanted or undesirable pets. However, they can be as lovely as the animals seen in the pet shops.
Here are some myths about the animals in the shelter:
Myth #1: Shelter animals usually have behavioural problems or are imperfect.
One might say that animals in our shelter have behavioural issues, which is why they end up here. That is not true. Due to the environment here, animals in our shelter are a little shy so do not be so quick to judge. Just take some time to interact with them and you will see how sweet-natured and loving they are.
Myth #2: You cannot find any puppies/ kittens in the shelter.
We do receive young animals that are unable to be put up for adoption immediately. Hence, we require fosterers to care for them for a period of weeks up to a few months. However, age does not determine an animal’s affection towards humans or the ability to bond. As long as you give each animal a chance, they will certainly give you unconditional love.
Myth #3: You will not know much about the animal you want to adopt.
At the SPCA, we encourage you to bring your family members along to interact with the animal before finalising the adoption. Our staff members, Adoption Counsellors, and Shelter Volunteers will be more than happy to share with you about each animal’s personality and interesting quirks.
Myth #4: Shelter animals are not as clean as
animals from a pet shop.
The SPCA adoption shelter is closed every Thursday for our weekly maintenance, where our animals will be cleaned and given basic medical checks. In addition, our Shelter Helpers do help out with the brushing, nails clipping and bathing of the animals.
Myth #5: There are only cats and dogs in the shelter.
Other than cats and dogs, SPCA has other small animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters and occasionally, chinchillas, gerbils and mice.
Myth #6: There are no pedigrees in the shelter.
SPCA receives about 100 unwanted and abandoned animals each month, and a small percentage of these animals are pedigrees. However, due to the
demand for pedigrees, they are adopted very quickly. However, that does not mean that our local crossbreeds are any less lovable than the pedigrees, so they should be considered for adoption as well!
This article was originally published in our SPCA Times magazine (February 2019 issue).
Cover image: Photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash