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Robin Ganzert Breaks Down Common Animal Shelter Myths

Robin Ganzert takes a closer look at the misconceptions surrounding animal shelters and the animals that they care for.
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    WASHINGTON, DC, December 19, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Robin Ganzert is a strong advocate for the wellness and wellbeing of animals around the globe. As president and CEO of the American Humane Association she has implemented numerous initiatives on their behalf. She also strives to educate the public on issues concerning the animals in their lives. In response to a recent article on Yahoo! Shine, she is speaking out about the misconceptions people often have about shelters.

When people are looking to add a pet to their lives they have several options. Two of the most common are to adopt from a shelter or purchase one from a store or breeder. Some people are hesitant to look at shelters because they are not sure what they will find. They have a pre-conceived notion about the animals that are available, and oftentimes their perception is skewed.

For example, one common misconception is that shelters only take dogs and cats. In reality, many shelters also take in birds and other small mammals such as gerbils, guinea pigs, and rabbits. A majority of their animals are dogs and cats, but that is not all that they offer.

People also mistakenly believe that only old animals are waiting for adoption, as people do not give up puppies and kittens. Shelters are filled with animals of all ages. Some are older dogs and cats looking for loving homes to live out the remainder of their lives. However, there are also plenty of adult dogs at any given time, as well as an assortment of puppies and kittens. It all depends on what animals are dropped off, rescued, or found.

Once the shelter receives the animal, they take great care to make sure that it is clean and healthy. They will often bathe and groom them as well as make sure they receive the proper medical attention and vaccinations. Many spay and neuter the animals too. Staff members are trained in working with animals, and some veterinarians volunteer their time to provide necessary care. People often think that the animals are dirty and unkempt because they are living in a shelter. This is simply not true.

Some people feel that it is too expensive to adopt from a shelter. In the grand scheme of things, it is generally a very good deal considering all of the care that they receive. Shelters take on the cost of housing, feeding, cleaning, medicating, and vetting the animals on their own. Many are run independently and are not affiliated with government organizations. They rely on donations from the community and volunteers to continue providing these valuable services. Pet stores and breeders often charge higher prices than shelters.

Another misconception that people often have concerns the quality of the animal that they will get. They believe that because the animal is in a shelter, there is something wrong with it. Many of these animals are very loving and are just looking for a good home. With some patience and dedication, they are trainable. Sometimes people drop off animals simply because they are no longer able to care for them. Others are found on the street or rescued from various situations. Going to the shelter gets them off the street, provides them quality care, and helps them to find new homes.

"Shelters are a wonderful place to find your next furry companion," says Robin Ganzert. "There is such a wide variety of loving animals simply waiting to be adopted. They are in need of homes just as badly as those animals available at the store. Shelters provide excellent care and help to match up families with a pet that meets their needs." Robin Ganzert encourages families to contact their local shelter the next time they are looking to adopt or want to donate or volunteer.


Since 2010 Robin Ganzert has served as the president and CEO of the American Humane Association. She has implemented numerous initiatives to help the organization become more robust and provide greater assistance to animals and children throughout the world. Some of these programs include Hero Dog Awards, Wags4Patriots, No Animals Were Harmed, Red Star Rescue, and Humane Heroes Club.

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