We’ve all seen the ads of the perfect Christmas when a child opens a box and a puppy or a kitten pops out. Pam Wiese with the Nebraska Humane Society in Omaha says they recommend doing a bit of research before buying a pet for someone else.
Wiese says, “Sometimes you can pick a pet that you really love and think my girlfriend, my best buddy or my sister will love this pet but they might not bond with it the way you do. When people are thinking about giving pets as gifts encourage them to bring the person who they are gifting to.”
Wiese says they used to tell people never to give a pet as a gift as they could end up at a shelter. Wiese says, “We found that pets given as gifts don’t necessarily come back any more frequently than other animals do.” The holidays are busy and this may not be the right time to bring a pet into a chaotic situation. Wiese suggests wrapping up pet supplies and toys for the child to open under the tree with a promise they will pick out the dog or cat later.
it is always a good idea to check with a parent before buying a pet for a child. If the pet is for an adult make sure they have a say in selecting the animal and make sure it is okay with the person who will be the primary caretaker. Wiese also reminds people that pets can be a 20 year commitment so make sure they know of the responsibilities involved.