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Shelter Myths

Myth 1: All of the pets at animal shelters have something wrong with them

A: Walk into any animal care center and you’ll likely find a variety of dogs from Chihuahuas to Labradors to Beagles. Sadly, many of these wonderful pets are relinquished to animal care centers through no fault of their own One of the main reasons that animals are given up is because their owners are no longer able to provide the proper care; perhaps this is due to financial hardship, a move to a new home, illness or death of the owner, or a change in lifestyle. In all of these situations, the animal is relinquished for reasons unrelated to their health, temperament or behavior. Keep in mind that shelters will not adopt out animals with untreatable or serious behavioral issues.

Myth 2: Going to the shelter or pound is sad and an unpleasant experience

A: We actually prefer the phrase ‘animal care center’ to define shelters in our communities. That’s because many municipalities or SPCAs have redefined animal sheltering with the public and animal’s comfort in mind. At your local animal care center you’ll likely find staff and volunteers working together to rehabilitate sick or injured animals, hosting adoption events or distributing humane education materials. Modern animal care centers are designed with bright, cheerful colors, many with grooming suites to increase an pet’s chance for adoption or play yards used to train and socialize dogs.

Myth 3: They only have cats and dogs.

A: Not so! Many animal care centers have rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, birds, turtles, snakes, and some centers even have farm animals available for adoption! If you’re looking for a companion other than a dog or cat, check your local adoption center, and search online on or For the same reasons that dogs and cats end up in adoption centers, other companion animals do as well.

Myth 4: The people at the adoption center don’t know anything about the individual animals, so how can they help me find the right pet?

A: Most animal care centers have several methods of discovering the animal’s true personality and determining what type of home would be best. When people surrender their pets, the shelter staff takes the time to ask questions about the animals personality, behavior, and health. Animals are observed by staff and volunteers during their stay, and often more formal behavior and health evaluations are conducted. And don’t forget to chat with volunteers! Often times it’s the volunteers who have the chance to spend the most time with individual animals and can help match you up with your new best friend!

Myth 5: I really want a purebred, and I’ll never be able to find that at my local adoption center.

A: According to several studies, up to 25% of animals at shelters are purebreds. And owners of purebreds can experience the same hardships that cause them to give up their pets (financial, personal, medical, etc), resulting in purebreds ending up at adoption centers. (And not just purebred dogs, but purebred cats, and exotic animals, too!)


In addition to the LA City, Beverly Hills City and West Hollywood City Channels, you can now watch our

To see The Pet Care Foundation's TV show, ADOPT A PET TODAY, click here to go to YouTube.

It's a 30 minute show so there are 2 editions. You can also see our PSA’s there too.

Adopt me now! This pet is ready to be adopted from Los Angeles Animal Services.
Just click on the photo for more information.
Los Angeles has 12 City and County Shelters full of wonderful pets. You can view these pets and find a location near you by visiting: for the City and for the County.

For very adoptable dogs and cats visit the Lange Foundation at

Free spay/neuter for homeless, feral and stray cats in Los Angeles, and low-cost services for tame cats

For assistance in keeping your pet call 213-403-0129 for free spay/neuter, vaccinations,
licensing fees, fence/gate repair, dog training, some vet care, and tenant/property
owner negotiations. Your call will be returned within 48 hours.