PERILS OF PET GIFTS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - 2016 YOUR GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS -

PETS can of­ten be a pop­u­lar gift for peo­ple at Christ­mas.

But peo­ple are be­ing warned to con­sult the gift re­cip­i­ent first to avoid pets be­ing dumped or taken back as they don’t want or know how to care for them.

The An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety of WA, which is based in South­ern River, has a num­ber of un­wanted pets ev­ery year.

Vice pres­i­dent Me­lanie Jack­son said Au­gust and Septem­ber tend to be the big­ger months for pets be­ing dumped.

“It hap­pens ev­ery day,” she said of pets be­ing dumped.

“I don’t think peo­ple re­alise what is in­volved with car­ing for a pet.”

She said it was best to con­sult the per­son be­fore buy­ing them a pet.

“The con­nec­tion be­tween a per­son and an an­i­mal is with the per­son not the per­son buy­ing it. If a per­son has a Jack Rus­sell, doesn’t mean they want an­other one,” she said.

The so­ci­ety is a not-for-profit refuge for home­less cats and dogs that cares for aban­doned an­i­mals while find­ing them a lov­ing home and owner.

The so­ci­ety has 24 ken­nels for dogs and can house about 65 cats and 45 kit­tens at one given time.

Ms Jack­son said an­other is­sue they face around Christ­mas is peo­ple get­ting their pets into a ken­nel when they go on hol­i­days mean­ing the so­ci­ety can get full very quickly.

She said peo­ple should also con­sider look­ing at res­cue dogs as their next pet.

“I think a lot of peo­ple think some­thing is wrong with res­cue dogs. Some of best dogs you will find are res­cue dogs.”

Call 9398 6616 to get in con­tact with the so­ci­ety.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d462288

Lau­ren Goodreid and dog Casper at the An­i­mal Pro­tec­tion So­ci­ety of WA in South­ern River.

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