Why You Should Not Give Pets As Christ­mas Presents

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Hav­ing a pet and re­spon­si­bil­ity go hand in hand. The rea­son why many an­i­mal wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions do not en­cour­age giv­ing pets as gifts can be at­trib­uted to many rea­sons, but the most im­por­tant is that an­i­mals are not toys; they are liv­ing be­ings that re­quire love and care. Al­though giv­ing pets as gifts usu­ally comes from pure in­ten­tions, pets are huge com­mit­ments that should be taken very se­ri­ously by the gift giver and re­ceiver.

One of the big­gest is­sues with gift­ing pets to oth­ers is that just like us, an­i­mals have unique per­son­al­i­ties that set them apart; thus, get­ting a pet without con­sid­er­ing the re­cip­i­ent’s per­son­al­ity could be a recipe for dis­as­ter. Many people un­der­es­ti­mate pets’ needs and whether they will be suit­able with their hu­man family’s life­style. For ex­am­ple, some breeds re­quire more

Imag­ine it’s Christ­mas morn­ing, ev­ery­one is hud­dled around the tree and giv­ing presents. Sud­denly, some­one opens up their present and out jumps a puppy burst­ing with joy to see its new family. While this scene can be deemed as truly heart­warm­ing, the grim re­al­ity is that not all pets given as presents will re­main in the house for long.

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