5 Common Shelter Pet Misconceptions Broken Down by Embrace Pet Insurance

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Promoting pet health and wellness, Embrace Pet Insurance explains why pet insurance is available for shelter dogs or cats.

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Former shelter dog. Rescued in 2012, Embraced since 2016.

You absolutely can get an Embrace Pet Insurance policy for your shelter pup or kitty. And, unlike with other insurance companies, they will enjoy full coverage for genetic conditions no matter their breed.

In honor of National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day on April 30th, Embrace Pet Insurance is responding to common shelter pet misconceptions.

Common Shelter Pet Misconceptions:

1. You can’t find a purebred pet at a shelter: Wrong! Roughly one in four shelter pets is a purebred. (Some estimates are even higher for large breed dogs, like Shepherds or American Staffordshire Terrier). There are also breed-specific rescue groups that you can go through to adopt a specific breed of dog or cat.

2. You won’t be able to find a healthy pet at a shelter: While it is true that a shelter will occasionally adopt out a pet undergoing minor medical care, in most cases, rescues have veterinary staff and foster families working to help restore pets to full health before adoption. You can expect a flea and heartworm-free pet that is current on shots, spayed or neutered, and ready for home life upon adoption.

3. You can’t get pet insurance for a shelter pet: False! You absolutely can get an Embrace Pet Insurance policy for your shelter pup or kitty. And, unlike with other insurance companies, they will enjoy full coverage for genetic conditions no matter their breed. However, pre-existing conditions are not covered. There is good news: Embrace is one of the few companies that distinguishes between curable and incurable pre-existing conditions. Incurable pre-existing conditions typically require lifelong care (i.e. diabetes, allergies, cancer, etc.). Curable pre-existing conditions are those that can be completely resolved (i.e. ear infections and undiagnosed vomiting or diarrhea). Curable pre-existing conditions could be covered if the pet goes 12 months symptom and treatment-free.

4. Shelter pets are difficult to train: Think again. Shelters and rescue groups are catching on to the fact that a well-mannered dog who has been through the boot camp equivalent of finishing school is more likely to be happy, calm, and attractive to potential adopters. And they’re less likely to be returned due to behavioral issues. Furthermore, a growing number of rescue groups offer discounted training classes to adopters.

5. Shelter pets don’t come with a backstory: It’s true that shelter pets don’t often come with a full history, but this isn’t always a bad thing. Many pets are dropped off at shelters simply because their owners couldn’t care for them anymore. Instead of focusing on their past, focus on giving them an opportunity of a future with someone who will love and care for them for good.

Whether you’re looking at adoption or rescue from a financial standpoint, an animal welfare standpoint, or a convenience standpoint, you stand to gain a lot. No one is more grateful than the animal who has found his or her forever home.

About Embrace Pet Insurance
Embrace Pet Insurance is a top-rated pet health insurance provider for dogs and cats in the United States. Embrace offers one simple yet comprehensive accident and illness insurance plan that is underwritten by American Modern Insurance Group, Inc. In addition to insurance, Embrace offers Wellness Rewards, an optional preventative care product that is unique to the industry. Wellness Rewards reimburses for routine veterinary visits, grooming, vaccinations, training, and much more with no itemized limitations. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association (NAPHIA) and continues to innovate and improve the pet insurance experience for pet parents across the country. For more information about Embrace Pet Insurance, visit http://www.embracepetinsurance.com or call (800) 511-9172

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