Yes, it’s a familiar headline around Christmas, and for good reason. Pets given as a gift often don’t work out, the proof being seen in spiking animal surrenders in shelters across the globe in the weeks after the holidays.
Not only do unwanted pets ‘gifted’ to friends or relatives put added strain on shelters and rescues, but it also helps drive the nasty business of puppy mills and backyard breeders. Does that fluffy face really still seem like a good idea?
The reality of pet adoption involves a lot of thought and serious consideration. Will this pet fit into your family? Your lifestyle? Will it be a great singular pet or will it require a companion? Are you ready to add that into your daily routine? This isn’t even taking into consideration the time and money that will need be allotted for training, outfitting your home, insurance payments and vet bills.
If you think someone you love would love a furry friend in their life, go a safer route. Do some research on some local rescue groups, and scope out your loved-ones lifestyle and what it might allow. Make a donation to a rescue in their name, buy them some merchandise
or arrange a gift certificate
, and offer to go with them after the holiday season has died down. They may find the fuzzy love of their life, or they might decide to volunteer or even foster if adopting isn’t right for them.
Either way they will be sure to appreciate not only the time and thought you have put into a responsible gift, but the promise of more time spent with your after Christmas is guaranteed to bring them cheer.
No matter how tempting it may be to see a puppy jump out of a gift box on Christmas Day, remember; Pets are not just a cute and fluffy friend in your life. They require hard work, and a lifetime of commitment, patience and love.
Make sure this holiday’s love and cheer lasts beyond the New Year, for everyone involved!