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Is It A Good Idea to Give A Pet as a Gift?

gypsySPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –Could it be Gypsy?

How about Snowball?

Maybe even Boomer? If you’re in the market for a new addition to your family, a pet might not necessarily be the answer.

Candy Lash, Director of Media Relations at the Dakin Pioneer Valley Human Society, acknowledges pets are a popular gift, even an impulse buy often given with little thought to how much actually goes into caring for them. “We hope people are very mindful to the commitment of an animal and the responsibilities that surround that commitment,” she said.

However, Lash says that adopting a pup like Uma could make the perfect holiday gift, or, at least lead to it. “The holidays can be a wonderful time to adopt. People have a quiet home, extended time off, so it would be just the perfect time to get a pet introduced to the family before going back to work or to school,” she admitted.

If you are thinking of gifting a pet, giving the potential owner a little more freedom might be best for both parties involved. “We do have gift certificates available, and we recommend that for people who are considering adopting for someone who is not, say, their child. That way the person comes in and picks out their own animal that’s right for them. Right for their lifestyle, right for their energy level, and really make it a better fit for them,” Lash stated.

Without giving away the surprise, Lash has seen her fair share of parents whose children might come bounding down the stairs Christmas morning in hopes that Santa brings them a new furry friend. “Santa Claus works in mysterious ways. Some children that have an animal or have asked for an animal, maybe Santa will be fortunate enough to have a little animal in the sleigh for them. If not, maybe this is not the right time and Santa will come through next year for them,” she smiled.

Lash says that dogs & cats are usually the most popular animals adopted during the holidays, especially with their new shipment of Dixie Dogs that arrived on Saturday.

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