Adopting from a shelter often ensures the dog you're taking home has already been seen by a veterinarian, Crane pointed out. "Our vet staff examines every animal to be sure they are healthy," she said. "If any of our animals have any health issue, we will let you know ahead of time."
"All dogs will eventually have a health problem that you'll need to pay for, be it a thorn in the paw or a disease," Dowling said.
So, what's the takeaway?
Many rumors and misconceptions exist about shelter dogs - but most of them are just that: rumors and misconceptions.
The truth is that adopting a shelter dog saves a life and helps make room for another life to be saved. Adopting a new pet is always a big commitment, one that shouldn't be taken lightly - but with the guidance of experienced shelter staff, every family has the chance to take home their perfect new family member If you're ready to adopt a shelter dog, visit your local shelter or search for rescues on Adopt-a-Pet.com.