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Think Twice Before Gifting a Pet

(Welcome to our pet column, courtesy of Pet Connection Programs Inc. of Marilla. We post a new article each week, so be sure to check back on a regular basis!)

Surprising a loved one with a new puppy or kitten over the holidays may sound like a great plan – and yet, animal health organizations and shelters are asking everyone to think twice before gifting a pet.

As you work through your holiday gift list, keep in mind that while owning a pet can be a very rewarding experience, it may be more responsibility than some recipients are prepared for.

“While this is an exciting idea, the reality for many folks is an unintended burden placed on the new pet owner,” says Dr. Colleen Skavinsky, the chief veterinary officer with Petsecure, a Canadian pet health insurance provider. “Each year we see humane societies and rescue shelters faced with an influx of recently gifted, but unwanted pets just days after the holiday. People need to make sure that the new owner is ready for the responsibility, in terms of time, money and an understanding of the care required to raise a pet successfully.”

A few holiday gift alternatives to consider:

• Offer to pay the adoption fees should the recipient be prepared to adopt a pet.

• Pay the health insurance premium for someone's current pet.

• Make a donation in the recipient's name to their local shelter or pet rescue organization, such as Pet Connection Programs Inc.

More information about responsible pet ownership can be found at www.petsecure.com.

— News Canada

(For more information on pets and animal adoption, please visit www.petconnectionprogramsinc.com. Or, visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/PetConnectionProgramsinc. Located in Marilla, N.Y., Pet Connection Programs Inc. is a nonprofit maternity and special care shelter founded in 1984.)

 
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