Too often, family and friends give dogs, cats and other animals as gifts for the holidays. Animals are cute and cuddly and it seems like a good idea, but it's really not fair to either the person or the animal. Adding a pet to a household should not be taken lightly.
It's all too common for people who really didn't want pets to dump the unwanted animals off at animal shelters after the holidays. Some just didn't realize the time and expense involved. Others hold onto the pet for a year or two and then, due to a change in situation, give up the pet because it's no longer "convenient."
Here are some serious things to consider if you're thinking of giving a pet as a gift.
You've checked thoroughly and know the person wants a pet and realizes the responsibilities involved. Giving the pet during the holidays is still not fair to the animal and still NOT a good idea. (Reread the reasons above.) Don't be in such a hurry. Here's what you can do instead…
Pets are truly a gift of love we give to ourselves, but if we want to share that love with others, we need to have them involved. Give your well-thought out "Instead" gift, and then let the person select their life-long friend for themselves when the time is right.
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