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There is a stigma about adopting abused animals and that they are too damaged to be saved. They will come with many behavioral problems and issues that will take too much time and money to be helped. It would just be easier to get a puppy or kitten and raise them the way we would like.
While these statements may be true, I believe there is often a misconception about all of them. It is difficult to bear the weight of damage that has been done to an abused animal. It can be challenging trying to understand behaviors you may not be accustom to, but the rewards far outweigh the challenge.
It takes a special person with patience, understanding and a willingness to give. It takes time, lots of time to regain trust with creatures who have survived such harsh conditions due to human cruelty, but there is nothing more rewarding than watching that trust open up. Witnessing the little bits of love that will begin to sprout as they begin to accept their new life and the love that surrounds them. It is like being part of a miracle.
And for those that think that getting a puppy or kitten will eliminate those behavior problems, think again. All young pets come with their own set of tribulations from the first day you bring them home. It doesn't matter that they came from the best breeders, animals are still animals living in a human world. They have instinctual tendencies that they are going to act on. Coupled that with genes, their care as newborns and their particular breed, you are going to have some problems. No more different than you would with an abused animal, the level of intensity and depth is just different.
Living with six dogs and two cats I have experienced many different behavior problems. Two dogs from our litter came back abused and we are still working out the finer details of their abuse issues and the way the previous owners raised them. What I find amazing about these two is that heir gratitude is unmatched making every step of our journey with them worth it. I have a dog I got as a puppy that was taken from his mother and siblings during his socializing period. We discovered these facts along with an aggressive gene towards dogs that we are still working with. We are seeing progress every day. These are three testimonials in world where they are many more like them. Is it challenging? Yes. Painful? Yes. Rewarding? More than my heart can share.
If you have the time and love, think about adopting an abused animal. You will not only be saving their life, but your own.