Local animal shelters are advising against giving pets as gifts this holiday season. Although it may be tempting to place a furry pet under the Christmas tree, often these animals end up in shelters. The holidays are a busy time when even quiet homes are filled with noisy toys and loud laughter that can scare a new pet. Ribbons and ornaments can also spell disaster for animals. Many families don’t have the time to give newly acquired animals the attention and care they need this time of year.
Also, caring for animals is a big responsibility that should not be taken lightly. Many people who receive surprise pets for the holidays later find they are unable to make the lifelong commitment to care for the pet. They may not have the space, time, and money necessary to care for an animal.
If you know someone who wants a pet this Christmas and is ready for the responsibility, you can give them a gift certificate to cover the adoption fee at a local animal shelter or rescue. This allows them to pick out a companion that will be right for them after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.