By Finnegan Dowling, Communications Associate at Humane Society Silicon Valley
It is rumored that shelter dogs are sad, benighted creatures, hopelessly broken beyond repair. Fortunately we don’t have any shelter dogs here.
After all, shelter dogs certainly wouldn’t smile at flowers. They’re too busy being sad.
They wouldn’t dance in the grass. They’re so broken they’ve lost the ability to appreciate it.
Or get super excited about playing ball….
…and then catch some wicked big air. After all, they are not like normal dogs, right?
They can’t even get cute haircuts––they’re unaccustomed to that and would never behave.
It’s not like they go for car rides. They don’t have the opportunities for such things, do they?
They certainly wouldn’t know how to do cute tricks. They are too socially withdrawn to learn them.
In fact, they barely connect to people at all and will have trouble bonding with their new families.
Most of them can’t even get along with other dogs and would never, ever, photo-bomb their friends….
And just forget big,…
doggie smiles (because such sad animals could never, ever be that happy).
If these rumors are true about shelter dogs then we have to confess: We don’t have any shelter dogs here. What we have are flower-smelling, grass-dancing, big-air-catching, car-riding, people-bonding, haircut-getting, photobombing, grinning normal dogs. Normal dogs that just happen to be in a shelter waiting to meet you.
Statistics show that most animals surrendered to shelters are brought in due to a change in the caregiver’s lifestyle, not the pet’s behavior or temperament. Despite that, a stigma still exists that animals in shelters are broken or brought in for poor behavior. It’s an idea that would be laughable if it didn’t deter great dogs from getting homes. A shelter is a physical location a dog finds itself in, not an adjective suggesting a certain behavioral or personality deficit.
Come in and meet a shelter dog today!
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