Pets for life
PETS should never be given as a surprise gift or an impulse purchase at any time of year, according to the ISPCA.
Christmas is a joyful time with lots of festive activities and a new pet can sometimes get lost in the chaos. Every year the ISPCA stress that pets should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise Christmas gift without fully thinking through their decision.
Taking on a pet is a long term commitment and the ISPCA suggest potential owners should ensure they have the time and financial resources required to care for their pets responsibly.
Unfortunately, in some cases after the excitement of a new arrival wears off, new pets are no longer wanted and can be discarded or abandoned. This can be especially prevalent at Christmas when well-meaning parents give a pet to their children perhaps not realising the commitment required in caring for them and the fact that any pet takes time to adjust to its new surroundings.