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Animals Do Not Make Good Gifts

Although people who give animals as gifts invariably have good intentions, it is unfair to give an animal to anyone unless you are absolutely certain that the person wants that particular animal as a companion and is willing and able to give the animal a lifetime of proper care.

Animal shelters are filled beyond capacity with homeless animals, many of whom were former “pets” who, for one reason or another, didn’t fit into someone’s lifestyle. Sadly, many people end up turning animals they received as gifts over to an overburdened humane society or animal-control agency that is likely already filled to capacity.

If a family does decide to adopt an animal, every member of the family should go to the local animal shelter together to choose the animal, having already discussed the obligations and long-term commitments involved.

So this year, why not give the gift of a virtual “pet” instead? Try giving a plush Webkinz toy. Each plush toy comes with a code that lets you adopt your “pet” in a Webkinz world. You could also get a virtual “pet” video game for your Nintendo gaming system of choice or other gaming platform.

Read more about why animals do not make good gifts.

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  • Ashley Westbrook says:

    My step mother despite my words went out and got my stepgrandmother a maltese/Yorkie mix for christmas. My SG (step grandma) is an exbreeder she had her days as a great english bulldog breeder. She is getting up in age and she can’t handle breeding anymore so she quite a while back. All of her dogs are in their teens exept for one and they are all beggining to die off. This was of course a sad time for her but she is looking forward to being able to have her house back if you know what I mean. She has one bulldog named meatball who is only 3 so he will be around for a while. Anyways. Susan (stepmom) went and got this dog for Alma (SG) and now Alma doesn’t want it she said she doesn’t want to have to worry about what will happen to them if something was to happen to her. She said it would be alot easier to hope that one dog finds a home if she passes than if to. Even though if all else fails I will take meatball. I don’t know what the moral of this is but not everyone even if they already own some will want another one and even if they do the one you pick for them maybe they won’t click?

  • wendy donaldson says:

    Animals are a commitment for life and should never be given as a gift, people have to look at the moral aspect and financial aspect of care and vet bills.I have 7 cats all strays now living with me and 3 dogs trust me you must very seriously consider what your doing when you look at thay puppy or kitten and think how cute it is remember everything grows up and also I think age can be a factor in adopting or purchasing animals.You need a license to drive a car you should need a license to own a pet it is a being.