Dispelling Five Common Adoption Myths


Myth 1: I have small children, so I want a puppy.

Without a doubt, this is the most common reason people want a puppy. A sweet, small puppy just seems like the best choice for your small children. Contrary to what you may think about puppies being the best match for you and your family, there are some things you should take into consideration before you adopt one. Puppies have sharp nails and teeth. They have to be taught manners so they don’t jump or accidentally bite or scratch you. They also leave “presents” that your toddler always seems to find before you do; and they don’t know the difference between his stuffed toy and Sarah’s Piglet that she MUST have to fall asleep. Of course puppies and children can grow up together. If you are willing and able to handle and train your new puppy appropriately, as well as your children, then a puppy may be the best choice for you. The Humane Society of Central Arizona does have older, mellower dogs that are kid-tested and approved that are available for adoption.

Myth 2: It’s better to get a puppy. With an older dog, you never know what you’re getting.

This seems to make sense, except the exact opposite is true. All puppies are cute; all puppies love everyone. It’s not until a dog hits sexual maturity that some behavioral problems may start to surface. Some people will pay thousands of dollars for a purebred puppy, who is now a year or two old and biting people, attacking other dogs, or engaging in some oddball neurotic behavior. Purebred is not the same as well-bred. The truth is this: when we list a 4-month-old puppy, we can only guess what kind of adult she’ll make. When we list an 18-month-old dog, we can predict pretty accurately what kind of dog you’ll have forever. 

Myth 3: If you train your dog right, he’ll stay in the yard without a fence.

Many people believe this, right up until the moment their dog is hit by a car, eats poison in the neighbor’s garage, or is stolen. Rescue dogs are typically either strays (which means they have a history of wandering) or owner-surrenders (which means they’re going to go look for their ex-owner first chance they get). We require a fenced-in yard or plenty of walks on a leash. It’s safer for you and your new companion.

Myth 4: I’m unsure about getting a rescue dog, because I’m afraid he won’t bond to me.

That sound you hear is all the people with rescued dogs falling over laughing. Because the exact opposite is nearly always true —your rescue dog will CLING to you. Look at it from the dog’s perspective. For one reason or another, the dog has either been abandoned, turned over or run away. Dogs who are surrendered tend to mourn the loss of their family for the first few days.

Every dog and cat has their own story, some of them we know and some we don’t. We work our hardest to give them the compassionate care and respect they deserve, but let’s face it… shelter life is not home life.

All of our wonderful adoptable pets deserve to find their forever home. We just take care of them until you come along, fall in love and take them home. You not only bring them into your home, you give them their own bed and bowl, and maybe a crate where they feel safe. You speak quietly to them. If they mess on the carpet, you don’t seem to mind — you just take them outside and then clean it up. You feed regularly and give toys and treats. They get to go to the Dog Park, or hiking; they even get to sleep in your room. They may even have a big brother or sister to play with. They get kisses and hugs all the time for “no reason,” and when they go out in the car, they always come back. Your rescue dog’s biggest fear is that you will spontaneously combust, or abandoned them. Rescue dogs are very loyal and loving. Think adoption first; you’ll be glad you did.

Myth 5: I don’t want to have my rescue dog spayed or neutered because it’s not healthy/she should be able to have a litter/I want my children to see the miracle of birth/etc.

All of our adoptable animals are spayed or neutered prior to adoption. If everyone prevented irresponsible breeding, we’d be happily out of business. Spaying and neutering has many benefits. Neutered male dogs roam less, mark less territory, and are generally less aggressive. Spayed female dogs avoid the messy and annoying heat cycles, and are not at risk for unwanted pregnancy. Both males and females are less likely to get certain cancers and other illnesses. As for the miracle of birth, well, there’s another “rite of passage” occurring to 20 million dogs a year in this country, 25 percent of them purebred — euthanasia. So please, spay and neuter. Come down to the Humane Society of Central Arizona at 812 S. McLane Road and adopt a pet today.




Winnie is an affectionate senior cat. She is a petite, mature adult with a big heart. She gets along well with other cats and would do best in a quiet home without young kids and dogs. She will gladly keep your lap and heart warm with her sweet eyes and loving soul. She was previously spayed and is up to date on all of her vaccines. Winnie is the ideal cat for a senior to senior adoption.




Baron is a 1-year- old Heeler/Hound mix. He and his brother Chester were surrendered to us due to financial hardship. He is a very sweet boy who loves human attention. He gets along well with other dogs and likes to play. He is learning how to walk on a leash and appears to be mostly house trained. Baron is a gentle soul who will show you how much he loves and appreciates you every day! He is neutered and current on all vaccines.






Buckeye and Lala are adorable 1-year-old American Pit Bull Terriers. They were also surrendered due to financial hardship. They have lived their whole lives with other dogs and are extremely people-oriented. Buckeye and her sister Lala would make a great pair and we’d really love to see them adopted together. These gorgeous girls are so well behaved and affectionate. They have adorable squishy faces that you can kiss. Both are house and leash trained and ride well in the car. They are spayed and up to date on shots. If you’re looking for affectionate, outgoing family pets, these are your girls! Just ask the staff and volunteers about them. You’re sure to see instant smiles and nothing but positive things to be said about our precious pits.




Gilly is a 2-year-old blue-eyed stud muffin. He was run through the TNR program at some point, because he came in with a tipped left ear. We realized instantly this guy was far from feral and could absolutely be adopted. He showed how sweet he is the first day by rubbing against us and demanding our pets and loves. He is social with other cats and will make some beloved pet owner very happy. He was already neutered and is now current on all his shots.




OC is one of the cutest cats I’ve ever seen. He has the most unique, adorable face and a personality to match. Just look at that face! This friendly guy thinks that the best place to rest is in your lap. He loves to bask in the sun and will gladly be your best friend. He will graciously lend his ear for your problems and purr to let you know it’s all going to be OK. Or that it’s time to eat. Either way, this is the cat for you if you want an affectionate, easygoing mature companion. He is neutered and current on his vaccines.


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