Posted by Lora Shaw on December 6, 2017
With the holidays here, many people consider giving pets as presents. But is that really a smart idea? Before you decide on giving a pet as a gift, read on to learn what the experts think about the topic.
We’ll be honest—there are plenty of reasons that a pet at Christmas time is a bad idea. While we’re not saying you should never give a pet as a gift, we will say that if you do, you should consider the idea very carefully first.
To help you do that, let’s examine some of the reasons experts say you shouldn’t give pets as gifts:
If you do opt to give a pet as a gift, the ASPCA offers up the following guidelines:
We also suggest that instead of offering up a pet on Christmas day, you give a stuffed animal instead and allow the recipient to pick out their pet on a less hectic day. Not only will this allow the pet to join the household on a calmer day, but it also means the pet recipient can choose their pet—increasing the likelihood the bond will be a lifelong one.
If you do decide give a pet as a present, please encourage the gift recipient to keep Pet Palace in mind! Many pet owners find that our well-staffed Doggie Day Care is the perfect solution for those days people can’t be home to play with their pets. We’re also pleased to offer dog and cat boarding services.
Whatever gift you choose – pet or otherwise – we at Pet Palace wish you a happy holiday season!
About the author
Lora Shaw is currently the Vice President of Operations at Pet Palace.