Myth: Shelter animals are not as clean as pet store animals.
Not only is this untrue, but the conditions of some breeding facilities and puppy mills (which supply pet stores that sell dogs) are nothing short of horrific. Because puppy mill operators often fail to remove sick dogs from their breeding pools, puppies from puppy mills sometimes come with congenital and hereditary conditions including epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease, and respiratory disorders.
Puppies born in puppy mills are usually removed from their mothers at just six weeks of age – denying them critical socialization – and housed in overcrowded and unsanitary wire-floored cages, without adequate veterinary care, food, or water. Make no mistake: everything -- even supplies -- purchased at a pet store that sells animals is keeping this vicious industry in business.
Myth: Older cats and dogs will not bond with new owners.
Again, simply untrue. Age is not a determining factor in an animal's affection toward humans or its ability to bond with them. Just ask anyone who's adopted an older pet, visit a shelter and ask to see their older animals, or simply look into the face of an older dog or cat. Organizations like Susie's Senior Dogs are trying hard to connect more senior animals with loving homes. Believe me, they're ready for you.