Misconceptions of Animal Shelters

Humane Societies have a lot of uphill battles. One of those battles is fighting common

misconceptions. Shelter stigmas often cause deterrents for those looking for their new forever

family member. At Lee County Humane Society, along with our fellow shelters, we work

diligently to debunk these stigmas. Today we want to share with you some of those

misconceptions and the truth and reality behind them. Here are a few in no particular order.

If a shelter is at full capacity, dogs and cats begin being euthanized.

The truth behind this misconception is quite the opposite. We work with rescues, fosters, and

other organizations to relocate and rehome any and all animals that we do not have room for.

We have staff dedicated to working with outside rescue organizations along with volunteers and

foster families who take these “surplus” animals into their homes. These amazing people free

up space in our shelter, while socializing, engaging, reducing stress for our furry friends. Rescue organizations near and far work cohesively with providing every single opportunity for

our furry friends a chance at a long and loving life.

Adult cats and dogs can’t or won’t bond or trust humans anymore.

Most of our furry friends are longing for human companionship and human connection as soon

as you come to meet them. Their barking and cat pawing might seem aggressive or that they

may be upset , but what most of them are saying is: “Hey, look at me! I am perfect, I need

some nurturing and patience but no one will love you like I will!”. Imagine when a small child is

jockeying for an adult’s attention when there is an “adult event”. Now just like kids, each of our

furry friends is different. Some will need some time to decompress in their new homes,

including their foster homes. Just like many other resources the Lee County Humane Society

will be there to support and help guide you along the way.

Animal shelters are depressing.

While we all know that the shelter is one of the last places any of our furry friends care to be,

however, here at LCHS we provide numerous enrichment activities and programs that they

jump at the opportunity to be a part of. We have playgroups which are monitored by play

monitors twice a day. Our volunteer dog walking program allows for dogs to have a “doggy day

out”, where they can have an adventure out on the town with an approved dog walker for the

entire day. How fantastic is that?! Books and Barks is a youth reading program held once a

month where our young volunteers come in and read to the animals for an hour or so. You

would be amazed at how they respond to our young readers telling them stories. Cat