Giving Pets as Gifts: The Do’s and Don’ts

1. It’s better to adopt than to buy a pet

According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, an approximate number of 6.5 million pets enter shelters every single year . These adorable puppies and kitties are just waiting for a lovely human to welcome them into their family. This makes the idea of buying a pet quite useless, don’t you think?

I understand that some people want a particular breed of dog, and I don’t condemn that. However, with a bit of work and patience, you will probably find the breed you are looking for in a shelter.

If you do not care about the breed, I encourage you to adopt any furry soul that you feel a connection with when you visit a shelter. They will be just as loyal and loving as a store or breeder bought pet.

That said, if you really want to gift pets, please consider adopting instead of buying.

A Wagging Tail Does Not Always Equal a Happy Dog. Don’t approach a strange dog just because it’s wagging it’s tail. Tail wagging isn’t always the universal sign of happiness – it can also indicate fear or insecurity. Be sure to teach your children about the basics of dog bite prevention.