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Surprise pet gifts for holidays: not a good idea

Donna Strickland says a lot of young people impulse adopt. Donna Strickland says a lot of young people impulse adopt.
Dr. Whatley says it takes a lot more than providing food and water to take care of a pet. Dr. Whatley says it takes a lot more than providing food and water to take care of a pet.
Albany Humane Society houses Eve Albany Humane Society houses Eve
Rabbits are popular to be given away during Easter time as well. Rabbits are popular to be given away during Easter time as well.
Rodents are among some of the animals given away for the holiday season. Rodents are among some of the animals given away for the holiday season.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

After hearing a few barks and seeing tiny paws pressed up against the fence, its hard to resist taking a little guy home. But for Albany Humane Society Director, Donna Strickland, she wants you to think twice before making that decision. She says a lot of animals are adopted during the holidays as gifts and within weeks these animals are back at the shelter.

"We have a lot, we've seen it for years, we don't want the animal to be in a bad situation certainly, so we want to make sure they know there's a financial commitment as well," Strickland said.

A commitment that can be costly. A new dog or cat owner would have to get their pet parvo, heartworm and flea prevention shots early, on top of spaying and neutering procedures. For Dr. Whatley of Bush Animal Clinic, it's a responsibility owners have to take seriously.

"They may come in for the first time, get their health checked, make sure they pet's okay and we may not seem them again for another 5 or 6 months," Dr. Whatley shares.

Those at the Albany Humane Society feel the best way to give someone a gift who may not be ready to take on a new family member is by donating to the shelter in honor of that person.

Strickland continues, "That's a nice gift as well and a lot of people appreciate that."

Both Strickland and Dr. Whatley feel if the person can't give their full attention and care for a pet, it's best just to hold off.

 

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