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Is it okay to give a pet as a gift?

Many people this holiday season will adopt a pet to be given as a gift to a friend or loved one. But, is it really a good idea to give a pet to a friend or relative as a gift?
First of all, a pet is not a gift, rather, it is a life long commitment. So before you think it would be cute to give an animal as a gift you should keep these things in mind.

  1. Does the recipient really want a pet?
  2. Is the recipient able to care for the pet for the rest of it's life? Are they able to afford a pet financially? This includes all veterinary costs, and unforeseen accidents or injuries, as well as food, shelter and housing.
  3. Does the recipient have other pets and if so, will they get along with a new pet?
  4. What if the recipient has fur or dander allergies you don't know about?
  5. Does the recipient have future plans to move? If so, will they be able to take their gift with them?
  6. They type of pet you choose may not be ideal at all for the recipient. 
  7. Have you educated yourself on the breed of the pet, the temperament, the size, etc.?
These are just some common factors that you must ask yourself before giving a pet as a gift this season.
Your good intentions could just lead the newly adopted pet straight back to the shelter, or worse yet, the pound!

Before you decide to give a pet as a gift, please ask yourself the above questions. If you are planning on giving your kids a pet as a Christmas gift, please make sure you've thoroughly thought this out. The instant gratification can cause a pet it's life. Make sure you are willing to be able to care for your new pet for the rest of it's life. If it truly does fit into your life, please take a look at our pet adoption Blog created and maintained by one of our very own members and a member of HeArts Speak, Thank you pet friends!

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