According to the World Health Organization, 30 million stray dogs live in India. So many dogs need adoption, but no one wants to adopt a stray dog maybe because they believe some of the myths they have been communicated from ages.
So here we have enlisted top 5 myths & facts that will help us break down these stereotypes and expose the real truth about stray dogs.
Myth 1: Stray Dogs are unhealthy & may have a disease
Indeed, they may, kennel cough being particularly common. At Let The Tails Wag we understand the fact that no family wants to get affected with any kind of disease from stray dogs and we provide affordable vet visits, and rabies vaccination.
Let The Tails Wag also make sure that dogs are free of bugs and worms, and we provide spaying and neutering as part of the adoption process.
Myth 2: Stray animals do not make good pets.
Many stray dogs get separated from their family because of some reasons and forced to live life as a homeless dog, if you have seen a street dog wearing collars it is very much possible that these dogs are neutered and once they were a pet. Strays that survive on their own long enough to be rescued are generally more intelligent than the normal pet. Strays that approach an individual to help make amicable family pets. Most are so grateful for food and home they are glad to comply with house rules.
On the other hand, strays that have never been dealt with by people born of parents who never lived as pets. These animals are afraid of confinement and are rarely offered for adoption in animal shelters.
We at Let The Tails Wag advise you about helping street dogs with spay/neuter and feeding programs however it may not be workable for a street dog to fit into your family if you do not have prior experience of handling these special needs pets.
Myth 3: Adopting a second-hand pet is taking on someone else's problem.
Adopting pet need exercise from both parties, and sometimes people give up on pets after spending very less time. We, as an individual & most intelligent species on the earth, failed to understand this point that accommodating to a new place or habitat requires time.
All pets, particularly youngsters, get into trouble when not supervised properly. Young dogs usually have annoying behaviour that can be managed through some supervision. Individuals/family make mistakes when they adopt pets.
“Some individuals adopt a pet on impulse or are given a pet they do not want. They may become responsible for a friend or family member’s pet after any tragedy. If you have concerns about a particular animal’s history, ask Ms Ittika Duggal (Founder of Let The Tails Wag & PETA member) for recommendations.”
Myth 4: Animals from the shelter have been abused.
Don’t be fooled by an animal’s shy or frightened behaviour. Initially, it may be possible that dog can run away and jump when approached by strangers, especially by excited kids. This behaviour isn’t a sign that the dog was abused by a man or tortured by kids. Many dogs that have been mistreated are outgoing and forgiving.
“Many cute puppies or our furry friends did not receive adequate care and love, which is nothing but a form of abuse called neglect. The best remedy for these cute dogs is a new home and lots of love. Said – Ms Ittika Duggal – An Animal Activist & Founder of LTTW.“
Myth 5: Animals from shelters have trouble bonding with a new family.
It is very obvious that homeless animals are survived on their own and never got any care and love like other breed pets, and that’s why street animals often bond more strongly to a new family because of their experience. Pet & You need to spend some time to know each other, and I am sure you will find a friend for life.
Many myths exist about street dogs; however, most of them are just that baseless rumours and misconceptions.
The truth is that adopting a street dog saves a life and helps make room for another life to be saved.
Adopting a stray dog is always a big commitment, one that shouldn’t be taken lightly – but with the guidance of animal shelter like Let The Tails Wag, every family has the chance to take home their perfect new family member.
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