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Pets As Gifts


As the holiday countdown continues, there is always an uptick of interest in pets as gifts. Thinking of a new pet sitting under the tree will make you feel all warm and fuzzy, but you may want to reconsider. Gifting a friend or family member with a 10 to 20 year commitment is a big deal.

Choosing a new four legged family member is a personal decision. The pet will be a part of the family for many years to come, so whoever the pet is for needs to be a part of the decision after understanding the financial undertaking. Once the responsible decision has been made, the person who wants to give the gift of pet companionship can go along with the excited receiver and watch as they pick out a pet who fits their needs, wants and lifestyle and then pay the adoption fee as the gift.

With all the craziness of the holidays, it’s hard for a person or family to adequately prepare for the arrival of a new four legged family member. The holidays are filled with traveling to and from friends and relatives homes, and the possibility of hosting a holiday party. With all the noise and chaos that comes with that party, a new pet could easily slip out the door. Because pets won’t have much opportunity with their family yet or their trusted human to form a relationship, they will also have less of a reason to return if they run away. Then there’s the temptation of delicious food on the table, just begging to be eaten if there’s no one watching. If the pet hasn't been taught table manners, the chances of them getting sick by eating chocolate or getting something caught in their throat increases.

This holiday season, take into consideration that not only do you need to think of your family and friends feelings, but the well-being of the pet. By waiting and making the best decision for all involved, gift giving can go smoothly, and if its right, a pet will get a loving forever home.