pets as Christmas gifts

Orin Zebest [Flickr]

It may be sad to think about a pet spending Christmas in a cage at an animal shelter ; but it is heart-breaking to think about a pet being returned to a shelter after Christmas, just when it thought it would have a home.  It is true - "A dog [or any pet] is for life, not just for Christmas."

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Steve Jurvetson [Flickr]

A few weeks after Christmas every year, pets who were surprise gifts end up in animal shelters, already in need of another new home.  It's traumatic enough for an animal to be in a shelter the first time, but doubly so to end up there again so soon.  If you want a new pet, make a commitment to take home a pet you love, and to love (for its lifetime) the pet you take home.

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