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Thu, Dec 6 | By Matt Van Hoven | 726

Whether young or old, there's few people who wouldn't love to spend Christmas morning playing with a warm, fuzzy new pet. As consumers stroll malls across the country, they will undoubtedly pass a pet store or two, and not be able to resist the big … more ›

Pets Are Companions, Not Gifts
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Katie M.
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Katie M.
5 years ago

I wouldn't ever give a pet as a present. This article has good advice.

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deb a.
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deb a.
5 years ago

I am against this practice very much unless the party receiving the pet has been activily searching for an animal and you just help them out with visitning shelters, but do not give a pet as a gift!

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Ethan W.
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Ethan W.
5 years ago

I can't imagine giving a living animal as a present.

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BHOLTZ
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BHOLTZ
5 years ago

Pets are not presents. Sad people continue to do this.

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marc h.
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marc h.
5 years ago

Pets aren't things to be given as gifts!

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Betty W.
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Betty W.
5 years ago

we ended up with a toy poodle that was a birthday gift for a little girl. Pets are not presents!

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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
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HUMANE SOCIETY O.
5 years ago

Like the headline "Pets are companion's not gifts"

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Melanie
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Melanie
5 years ago

A pet is a personal choice and should never be bought for anyone!

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Liz M.
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Liz M.
5 years ago

great article i agree 100%

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

I have mixed feelings on this.

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Oldmaidcatwoman
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Oldmaidcatwoman
5 years ago

I got a shelter cat for a birthday gift one year--the best present I ever received.

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ArthurCurtis
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ArthurCurtis
5 years ago

So true there is always an increase in owner surrenders between 3-5 months after Christmas. The usual, "they won't do this, they won't do that, I had no idea he would get that big". Think about getting a pet as a liftetime responsibility before you may the plunge

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Rhonda T.
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Rhonda T.
5 years ago

This article has some great points. We need to have buyers more aware of the responsibilities of owning a pet.

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Jodi S.
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Jodi S.
5 years ago

I heard on LiveJournal about a woman who had a co-worker want to give her a kitten in a Secret Santa swap! Fortunately, this was derailed, but I wish more people realized that animals are living creatures that require care and not everyone wants to deal with that!

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Jessica T.
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Jessica T.
5 years ago

The headline says it all, and sums up how I feel about these holiday seasons. I am weary of a lot of the puppy adoptions that take place days before Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Easter. I always have my fingers crossed that those dogs are going to educated and willing owners, but we never really know.

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Rusty  K.
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Rusty K.
5 years ago

It is good to see articles like this.

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CaseyMasen
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CaseyMasen
5 years ago

I couldn't agree more!

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Meryl O.
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Meryl O.
5 years ago

There is a huge responsibility when getting a pet. So often when it is a gift the receiver has no idea what commitment this will take and after finding out, it gets dumped on he road or taken to a shelter.

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Dstrykr
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Dstrykr
5 years ago

I couldn't agree more. A friend gave me a puppy for my b-day and I am not a dog person. I did find him a great home later, but others are not so inclined to do that. They will just dump them off on the side of the road. Take the friend with you and if they want the pet, then let them select it as a gift.

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Jello1
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Jello1
5 years ago

Common sense is often thrown out the window when faced with a cute kitten or puppy--have to stop and think of the entire big picture and the future

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debby r.
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debby r.
5 years ago

Great Article. Pet Store Puppies are Puppy Mill Babies.Please go to a Shelter first. They screen you and make sure the pet is right for you. They are not like the Pet Stores who just want the money.

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Sherri R.
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Sherri R.
5 years ago

Giving a pet as a gift is never a good ideea. It's a huge commitment and the owner needs to be involved with the process.

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Ralph M.
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Ralph M.
5 years ago

Good story. It's always better to have the person who wants a pet to go to a shelter and be matched to a pe that fits their lifestyle.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

Amen!

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Terry F.
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Terry F.
5 years ago

I agree with every aspect of this article.

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Halahala459
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Halahala459
5 years ago

This article is absolutly right! Many people who purchase animals from pet stores could be ADOPTING a pet from a local shelter. I know most people feel bad for the animals in the store (so do I) but by buying them, you are helping breeders provide the store with unhealthy puppies.

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Andy K.
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Andy K.
5 years ago

Unfortunately those strolling through the mall at the last minute are not putting a lot of thought into their purchasing. All many of them are thinking is "Crap, I need something now." And there are always people willing to help them at the right price. It would seem to be best for the animals if no adoptions were allowed during the few days before major gift giving holidays.

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Sarah  W.
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Sarah W.
5 years ago

I know its a great idea to give someone a pet as a gift but please people let the person know or meet the dog/cat first before the holiday, It is sad when people get animals on a whim and think nothing of giving them up at a shelter.

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DDRau
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DDRau
5 years ago

With all the public education about this you would think giving puppies or kittens for a holiday would be a thing of the past. Apparently you can't reach everyone. Most shelters and responsible breeders will not adopt/sell pets for the holidays. Hopefully parents will comfort their child with a stuffed animal and get the pet at a more suitable time.

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JimDog
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JimDog
6 years ago

Our shelter's policy is "no gift adoptions". The people who are going to be the daily providers need to be the ones who complete the questionnaire and make the selection. A shelter is not a big-box store.

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Missy M.
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Missy M.
6 years ago

A better title would have been something like"
Pets are more than a gift, they are a responsibility". I do not condemn pets as gifts, but the responsibility is often the forgotten part.

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John H.
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John H.
6 years ago

Most definitely.

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Tammy K.
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Tammy K.
6 years ago

This article should be repeated before every holiday, Christmas and Easter. I know it is not profitable for the pet stores, but it should be posted there also.

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Ashlee S.
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Ashlee S.
6 years ago

Yes!!! If you are going to get a pet, please try the shelter first!!!!!!!!!!!!

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D. Rene
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D. Rene
6 years ago

Good information..

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Cfox929
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Cfox929
6 years ago

A lot of good points in this article. I hope people will read this and follow these recommendations.

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Iseeurn
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Iseeurn
6 years ago

my mom has puppies as she is a breeder and she plans carefully so she don't have any puppies to sell at c-mas time to avoid this

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Tanya F.
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Tanya F.
6 years ago

This is always a problem at local shelters. Always want to surprise someone with a cute fluffy puppy or kitten and then comes the training, the biting, housesoiling and the people crack. They bring them back because they only thought about the moment and not the whole process required. Hope everyone thinks a little more before adopting.

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Adaira  R.
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Adaira R.
6 years ago

Thank you for this. Our shelter discourages impulse adoptions and our cat area does not permit such adoptions. Animals aren't gifts, they are to be a part of your family and an animal can't adjust properly with all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Wait until after the holidays and come pick out your new family member.

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linda s.
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linda s.
6 years ago

Pets should never be given as gifts

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Sarah M.
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Sarah M.
6 years ago

Good job.

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Elineen
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Elineen
6 years ago

good information

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WANSTREET
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WANSTREET
6 years ago

A lot of thought and research should go into getting a pet. Give an IOU & go through the process together. Never impulse buy especially at holiday time.

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Jill6Johnson
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Jill6Johnson
6 years ago

Everyone involved in the care of a pet should have a say in picking it. Also, there is just to much going on during the holidays - not really a great time for such a gift. However, a lot of thought needs to go into the decision to get a pet regardless of the season.

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8critters
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8critters
6 years ago

Good reminder for this time of year, chicks and rabbits are not appropriate Easter gifts either. They are not toys, and need a lot of care.

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Seana B.
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Seana B.
6 years ago

Great story!

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

this is a good story

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arnie
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arnie
6 years ago

adopting an animal is a big commitment

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

go to shelters. the animals need help, but expect to be screened

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Wyoming County S.
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Wyoming County S.
6 years ago

this is the problem, gifts that end up in shelters all the time

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FruitLoopLucy
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FruitLoopLucy
6 years ago

a live animal has to be thought out carefully and plans made to keep one happy as well as the new owner.

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