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Do Shelter Dogs Come With Problems

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Melody Stone is the adoption supervisor at Seattle Humane. To learn more about this amazing organization, please visit them and check out the amazing dogs that are available for adoption or foster.

Do Shelter Dogs Come With Problems?

So, when adopting a pet from a shelter there is a misconception that you’re getting the dogs problems. Whereas what you’re really getting is this warm little body that you have the ability to mold into whatever it is that you and your family want. We can really take advantage of the fact that these are dogs that maybe haven’t had the easiest of times and now maybe even they’ll be more grateful for the fact that there is a new family here that sort of to really embrace all their…they are quirks, their personalities. All of the good and the bad.


Are dogs surrendered because they are bad?

Only 3% of dogs entering shelters are due to behavioral issues. The odds are that when you rescue a dog from a shelter, you are going to get an amazing dog who wound up at the shelter at no fault of their own. Giving a shelter dog a chance can save his life and provide a wonderful dog with love and a home.

Top reasons dogs are surrendered to shelters:

  • Moving (7%)
  • Landlord not allowing pet (6%)
  • Too many animals in household (4%)
  • Cost of pet maintenance (5%)
  • Owner having personal problems (4%)
  • Inadequate facilities (4%)
  • No homes available for litter mates (3%)
  • Having no time for pet (4%)
  • Pet illness(es) (4%)
  • Biting (3%)

As you can see most of these reasons are because of the humans and not the dog. So, the shelters are filled with wonderful dogs who were just unlucky in their owners.