Saturday, December 18, 2010

Pets are not gifts!

Choosing to adopt a new pet is a serious decision that deserves consideration. Pets should not be surprise gifts to spouses or even young children. They will benefit from being part of the decision process, rather than being surprised. You could also be making assumptions that your loved ones will want the same pet that you do - or any pet for that matter.

With Christmas around the corner, you may be thinking "new pet" under the tree, but it is almost always a bad idea. When your new pet joins your household, you should aim for a calm environment and a consistent schedule to make the transition smoother for people and pets.

Christmas time is almost never calm or consistently scheduled!

If your heart is set on a new pet at Christmas, consider 'surprising' your family with only pet supplies and the promise that the search for a new family pet will begin in January. THAT would be a happy new year for everyone involved - especially your newly adopted pet!

For more information on how you can add a new pet to your family, visit our website, or send an e-mail to

Happy adopting, and happy holidays!

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