A New Pet For the Holidays? Say It Isnt So!

By: Petfriendly.ca

Many households dream of presenting a fuzzy dog or cat as
a surprise gift for a special holiday. But holidays are
typically very busy as everyone rushes about to get things
done -- which isn't an ideal time to introduce a new member
of the family!

Pets are living, breathing, thinking, feeling creatures.
Over the holidays, chances are your regular routine is
disrupted -- which means that feeding, housetraining and
adapting a new pet to your home will require time you
may not have. Children may also inadvertantly frighten
or injure a new pet in the excitement.

Keep in mind that although many people love animals, some
don't necessarily want the responsibility that comes with
owning a pet. There are financial obligations, of course,
including food, treats, vet care, grooming, and one-time
costs such as spay/neuter surgery, a kennel, and grooming
supplies.

There is also the fact that adopting a pet is a
long-term commitment -- dogs and cats can live well into
their teens!

It's an unfortunate tragedy that after the holidays,
unwanted pets are deposited at an animal shelter to hope
for the best. Instead of giving a pet, try one of these
alternatives instead:

* Ask the local animal shelter for a 'gift certificate'.
The recipient of your gift can then go to the shelter
and select the right pet for himself.

* Provide other 'goodies' that a new pet owner can use
after a pet joins the family: gift certificates for
pet-sitting, obedience training, or for supplies at a
local pet store. Or fill a basket with pet 'goodies'
such as a brush, bowls, treats, and toys.

* Books for the pet lover: for example, dog lovers may
appreciate a book that offers photos and descriptions
of different dog breeds. It will help the recipient
choose the right type of dog for his or her lifestyle.

Pets enrich our lives and good homes are always needed.
However, adopting a pet is a major decision that should
not be rushed -- so pleaseFree Reprint Articles, enjoy the holiday season with
your family and friends... and consider welcoming a new
furry friend after the hustle and bustle have died down.
Then you can be free to relax and enjoy welcoming the
newest member of your family to your home.

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