Buying Pets As Gifts

There has been much debate on whether or not it is appropriate to buy pets as gifts; and even we are on the fence about it; however, here are things to consider when considering pets as presents this holiday season. 

Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. While potential adopters may be quick to shop Craigslist or other pet selling websites, it is better to consider adopting from local animal shelters or rescue centers. 
Before adopting pets for someone else, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Are they prepared to take on the responsibility of caring for a companion animal?
  • Is there home safe and ready for an animal to enter?
  • Does the home have a fence or will the new owner need a pet fence?
  • Will they provide pet healthcare, healthy pet foods and more for the animal?

Most potential pet owners hope for a sweet puppy or kitten; however, older pets have their advantages. Senior pets are already potty-trained and won't be as rambunctious. They will be done teething and won't damage furniture. Lastly, they will be quick to learn and understand basic commands such as "sit,"stay," and "come."

Think about the above questions before deciding to gift pets this holiday season. 

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