Pets as Presents for Christmas – Just Say No
This is one topic that many people just don’t understand. Buying or adopting a pet for someone at Christmas does not give that person the choice nor the idea of lifetime commitment that a pet truly is.
A pet is forever. A pet is not an “until thing”, meaning that you don’t get a pet UNTIL you have a baby and then give it back, or UNTIL you get bored of the pet, or UNTIL you move. A pet is not something to throw away when you feel like it. When you give someone a pet as a present, even if they say they can handle it and they were going to buy themselves a pet anyway, it still is not a good idea. What if that person doesn’t want the pet that you gave them, then the pet gets returned to the shelter, or they try to give it back to a breeder and what if they don’t take it back? That poor pet is stuck without a home, without a family and without the love and kindness the pet deserves.
Christmas is not the best time of year to introduce a new pet to the house. Everyone is too busy and the house is usually in chaos. Animals don’t really enjoy chaos and this can cause them severe stress. They can end up going missing and then you have two issues on your hands. A missing pet and an animal that you really didn’t want in the first place.
Another thing to consider: would the pet get along with children in the home? It is such a personal choice when choosing a pet, it’s better left to the person wanting the pet to begin with.
Christmas and New Year’s are one of the worst times for pets being returned to the shelters they came from. People say they didn’t realize the commitment and that they just don’t have the time for the pet, or that they didn’t get the chance to pick out the pet and bond with them.
Please reconsider giving a pet as a surprise Christmas present. It’s always best for the whole family to find the pet of their dreams together, the bonding process is the most important aspect of the pet selection process.
I hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday season and that you take a look at this article. Get a pet after the holidays, that’s when all the unwanted pets that were given as Christmas presents are now at the shelters. You’ll give a very deserving pet a home that otherwise wouldn’t have one. You can pat yourself on the back for taking in a pet that someone got as a present that they didn’t want. That’s the greatest feeling of them all – taking in a pet that needs love and attention from people who have thought things through. Happy Holidays to all.