Sometimes we get caught up in the emotion of the season and decide to give a kitten or puppy as a gift.
We are all so familiar with the cute adorable pets popping up out of gift boxes with a little tinkle bell on their collar, we see it so often on TV and in the movies, it just seems natural to want to experience that ourselves. But let’s just stop and think for a moment before we put a pup or kitty on the list for children, loved ones, the elderly.
Of course, there are many stories of people being gifted with a pet and it worked out ok, everybody is happy, so I’m not meant to be a downer. However, sometimes after the holiday season is over the pet can become an imposition and find themselves back in a shelter, and that’s just the sad reality all too often.
The Busy Holiday Season
Around the holidays, most homes are not functioning according to usual schedules. There are all sorts of dangerous (and potentially toxic) decorations on display that could harm a small animal for starters. Often large gatherings of friends and family will arrive and could startle a young animal just getting used to his new surroundings. Plus, for young children, the excitement of the next toy being opened can mean the little pet can be simply put to the side for mom and dad to worry about. However, a living, breathing kitten or puppy is not a fancy toy that will just shut off after a few minutes of not being played with!
Instead of giving a live animal gift this time of year, there are other ways that animal lovers can give and receive gifts during the holiday celebrations that add value to the lives of people and animals too:
Donate to a Shelter
Help with Adoption Costs
Create Care Packages
Then perhaps after the hustle and bustle of the holiday season has passed and things settle back to normal, if your child still really wants a new puppy or kitten and you are willing to take on the responsibility that comes along with it, there will still be plenty of adorable critters waiting to be welcomed into a loving home, when the time is right!