Before you know it, Christmas will be here and after all these years pets are still a popular gift. If you’re considering getting a pet for someone special in your life this Christmas, there are some things that you need to consider. Alexandra Silver, community advocacy and outreach manager for Animal Care Centers of NYC, has some suggestions before you consider purchasing a furry little friend and tying a bow around him to place under the tree. You need to begin by knowing the recipient of your gift. What type of pet would be appropriate for him? Far too many pets are neglected because the owner is either too young to assume responsibility or too irresponsible. Many pets are abandoned or abused because they are placed into the wrong hands. A child needs to understand that a pet is a living thing that needs to be cared for, like him. He needs to understand that a pet isn’t a toy that can forgotten after a few days of play. You must be very choosy when giving a pet to someone for Christmas.
Alexandra Silver says the giver must be sure that the recipient will have the time and patience needed to care for the pet. If the person receiving the pet lives in an apartment, it’s important to make sure the manager allows pets to live in the building. Once the owner has the permission of the manager to have a dog, then it shouldn’t make any difference how small or large the dwelling is. Pets need to get lots of exercise. Dogs, unlike cats and hamsters, should be walked twice a day. In New York city, the dog can always get plenty of exercise in the park. Be sure the person receiving the dog as a gift is willing to abide by the pooper scooper laws. Silver recommends pets can be purchased at the Animal Care Centers for a reasonable price. The staff there is eager to help you and answer any questions you have about getting and caring for a pet.
Pet store usually get puppies from mills that don’t abide by health regulations. Puppies can become ill and quickly die, causing unnecessarily heartbreak to the new owner. Breeders may be too expensive.