this is your yearly reminder that animals are not toys. they are a huge commitment. even small pets like hamsters and fish can be expensive and require a lot of work. if you’re planning to get someone a pet as a gift this holiday season, please only do so if you’re 100% sure that they are willing and able to take responsibility for the well-being of a living thing, potentially for years or even decades.
Happy Holidays everyone!
It’s that time of year for gift giving and fun surprises, but that should NOT include a living animal. Many people think it is a good time of year to get a cute puppy, an adorable kitten, or some other small creature spontaneously. Please do not do this unless you have discussed extensively and in detail the addition of a new family member, with all members of your household. When the holidays are over and the newness wears off, these babies still need and deserve love and attention.
Finally, please make adoption your only option. There’s tons of animals looking for their forever homes in shelters and rescues everywhere.