The Gift That Keeps On Giving
We all love a cute little furball that is someone’s pride and joy. And we may be tempted to give someone else the pleasure of having their own special little bundle of joy.
However, just like babies, we might like to admire someone else’s pet, but not everyone wants the 24/7 responsibility of taking care of their own. And possibly your choice of the ideal pet might not be that of someone else.
Before you rush out and buy a little puppy or kitten this Christmas you should know that many an unwanted pet finds itself facing a bleak future in a local animal shelter during the holiday season. Animal shelters frequently face overload situations during the holiday season as a result of the stress and financial burdens that families find themselves in.
The resources required to look after a pet are similar to those needed to support a child. Choosing a pet is long term commitment that should only be made by the person responsible for the animal’s care.
Finding the right pet is a decision taking into account things like pet life span, pet energy levels and time requirements, the cost of feeding and care, compatibility with children and other family members. Getting a pet as a gift can overwhelm a person and may well be a miss match.
Another reason getting a pet in the holiday season is a bad idea is because it is a busy and unsettled time. Your new pet will find it difficult enough to adapt to new surroundings without the extra excitement.
The initial weeks of a pets life are formative in its social development. During the busy holiday season it is possible that you will not have the time to devote to training and teaching your pet the expected social behavior of your family.
Consider giving gift vouchers instead of actual animals this Christmas. source