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Myth: Shelter Dogs Are There For a Good Reason

Reality: Just like a dog's presence in a shelter shouldn't make you jump to conclusions about his behavior, don't think of these pups as secondhand dogs . . . in a bad way. For example, remember people turn in pets because they "need exercise" and "bark," but they're really only barking because they're not getting that exercise!

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Dogs at shelters are often LESS of a health gamble than dogs picked out at pet shops. Pet shops tend to get their dogs from puppy mills. Puppy mills are illegal dog breeding operations, which means they aren't being regulated. Dogs are treated like breeding machines and rarely provided veterinary care. Parvo is prevalent among puppy mill dogs. Adoption is clearly the way to go.