It's nearing Christmas and a certain furry baby is drawing at your heartstrings. Perhaps he's so cute and cuddly, you want him for your own or maybe your child has been begging to take him home. No matter the reason, you would like to bring him home for Christmas. Is it humane to give a pet as a Christmas gift? The answer can depend on several things.
Are you adopting the pet as entertainment? Animals may look all sweet and cute in the shelter or pet store window. They also can be quite fun. But is that the only reason you are adopting them? If so, you should probably leave the animal for someone else to care for. Having a pet is rewarding, but it's also a huge responsibility. A pet parent should be willing to handle the responsibility, as well as enjoy the fun. You can't choose one or the other.
Will the pet be a toy to your kids? if this is just your child's latest interest, a pet may be better off with another family. Animals are not toys. They have feelings too and deserve to be with a family who realizes this. Parents, please educate your kids before adopting a pet.
How will you introduce the pet as a gift?
More about adopting pets:
Should You Adopt a Stray Animal with Kids in the House?
Parents, Please Educate Your Kids Before Adopting a Pet
How to Tell Your Child 'No' to Having a Pet
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