06 December 2011

TDIV Q&A: People say you shouldn’t give a pet as a holiday gift, why not?

People say you shouldn’t give a pet as a holiday gift, why not?

There are so many reasons why you should never give a pet as a gift, and that is plain and simply because, gifts can easily be returned.

Not only can gifts be returned, but they can also be re-gifted. Now…do you think a new puppy or an already abounded dog or cat wants to go to a new home only to be returned to where it came from or later pawned off on someone else? I don’t think so.

When you personally make the decision to adopt a new pet, it is normally not a spur of the moment decision and takes days or sometimes weeks or months to actually do. This gives you the opportunity to plan things out and check off your shopping list to make sure you have each and every item you need before adopting your new family member.

However, when someone receives a pet as a gift, they are often unprepared and get lost in the excitement of owning a new pet. They forget about the importance of caring for a pet and all the hard work that goes into it for the long run. When the excitement wears off, they are left with the realities of owning a new pet, and that is when they sometimes realize they don’t want the pet anymore.

Basically, giving someone a new pet for the holidays is obligating them to make a decision that they may not be ready for, and even though it is a nice gesture on your part, it is really doing more bad than good.

Switching from home to home is incredibly stressful on an animal, and animals are meant to be adopted so that they can move on to their “forever homes.” So unless you know someone close to you who specifically asks you for a pet this holiday season, and they have taken the time to thoroughly think it through, please consider another gift this year.

Better yet, adopt a pet for yourself this season, because what better Christmas gift to a new furry friend, than a home to live in and a family to love? Make the adoption process your decision, and don’t make the decision for someone else.

Alexandra Beane | Facebook | Twitter
Alexandra is highly passionate about animals and animal rights, and wants to raise awareness of the cruelty that many animals suffer in the best way she knows how, and this is by written word. She is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University in Minnesota, with a degree in Professional Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.

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