Tips for Giving a Pet as a Christmas Gift

If your kids — or even your spouse — has been begging you for a pet this Christmas, it could make a perfect gift, but don’t rush out and come home with a four-legged friend.

Animal Care Services says gift givers need to make an informed decision on what pet to get — and when to get it.

The holidays may not be the best time to bring home an animal.  The hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year’s Day will likely leave you with little time to spend with your pet.

Puppies and kittens require constant attention and supervision.  This is an incredibly impressionable time where good and bad habits are learned.

There is also the matter of what pet is right.  Animal Care Services suggests you make a surprise trip with the gift recipient to a shelter and let them pick which animal is right for them.

If your kids are getting a pet, do not make it a lesson on responsibility.  Animal Care Services says parents must realize they will likely be the primary caregivers to animals regardless of what promises the children make.

If it’s not the right time to put a cat or a dog under the tree, you can give pet supplies or even a stuffed animal in place of the real thing.

The Animal Care Services adoption center at 4710 State Highway 151 is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve, but is closed Christmas Day.  The staff there will have potential adopters fill out a questionnaire to help match them with the right pet.

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