There are many reasons for a pet to become available for adoption, usually through no fault of their own. Many owners will give up their pets after realizing they can’t afford to keep them, they no longer want them, or sometimes just leave them behind after moving out of town. Although people often think that pets available in shelters are all mixed breeds, 25-30% of dogs up for adoption are actually purebred – and so are the cats! Another common misconception is that shelter pets are unhealthy, but the majority of today’s organizations adhere to strict routines, including vaccinations, de-worming, flea and tick treatment and even spay and neuter surgeries. Plus, when you adopt a cat or dog from The Hernando County SPCA you are helping keep the stray popopulation in our county under control.