Con­ven­tional wis­dom dic­tates NOT to give pets as gifts but, if it's a con­sid­ered de­ci­sion, adopt­ing a dog into your fam­ily over the hol­i­days can be a won­der­ful idea (and one that would thrill the kids)

Modern Dog - - FRONT PAGE - By Katie Leonard

Rea­sons why you should adopt a friend over the hol­i­days

While the hol­i­days are a great time to give our loved ones sur­prise presents, giv­ing pets as un­ex­pected gifts is not rec­om­mended. Of­ten ill con­sid­ered or sprung upon the re­cip­i­ent, it’s th­ese gifted pets that of­ten end up dropped off at the shel­ter a month or two later. Shel­ter staff do, how­ever, en­cour­age po­ten­tial adopters to come to­gether as a fam­ily to de­cide whether or not the hol­i­days are the right time for them to wel­come a new furry ad­di­tion into their fam­ily. Who knows—the hol­i­days might just be the per­fect time for you!

Why the hol­i­days are a great time to adopt

Have you been think­ing about adopt­ing an­other dog but haven’t had the time to ded­i­cate to in­te­grat­ing your new friend into your fam­ily dur­ing the busy work/school year? With kids, if you have them, off from school on hol­i­days and you home from work, what bet­ter op­por­tu­nity to bond with your new dog? Re­cently adopted dogs need time with their new fam­i­lies to show them the ropes and help them through this tran­si­tional pe­riod. Since the hol­i­days are one of those pre­cious times when the whole fam­ily is home to­gether with some free time, it makes for great adop­tion tim­ing. With ev­ery­one in the fes­tive spirit and lots of time and love to give, wel­com­ing a new res­cue dog into your pack could be a great way to make this year’s hol­i­days ex­tra spe­cial. The most im­por­tant thing to re­mem­ber is that adopt­ing any an­i­mal should al­ways be taken se­ri­ously and con­sid­ered by all mem­bers of the fam­ily. Even if you think your grand­mother might en­joy a ca­nine com­pan­ion for her early morn­ing walks, it’s best to speak with her first and come to a united de­ci­sion in­stead of sur­pris­ing her with a new com­pan­ion. Ev­ery­one on board? To the shel­ter! You’re about to change a life. In short: adopt­ing a dog over the hol­i­days would not only make a dog's Christ­mas, it will likely make yours as well! What bet­ter way to cel­e­brate the sea­son than by mak­ing sure one less an­i­mal has to spend the hol­i­days with­out a fam­ily to call their own?

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