Pets For Christmas

Here is my annual letter on surprising someone with a pet for Christmas. If it saves one pet from going to an unwanted home then it’s worth submitting it each year!!
It’s that time of year when we are thinking of what to get people for Christmas and some think a good gift would be a cute cuddly puppy or kitten. Whether buying one from a pet store, a breeder, or adopting from a shelter, this is a decision that needs to be carefully thought out by all that are involved – not just a surprise sprung on the gift recipient. Energy, money and time are involved in pet ownership and some people do not want the responsibility. And there are those that think a puppy or kitten are so cute….until they chew up something, mess in the house, or just simply grow bigger. Then they aren’t so cute anymore and end up at the shelter, or worse, ignored on a chain in the back yard. Please, if you are considering a pet as a gift for someone this Christmas, or anytime of the year, make sure the recipient wants a pet and take them to pick it out together.
And by all means, adopt from an animal shelter. There are so many wonderful loving pets at the shelter that need a home. Not only will you adopt your best friend, you will save a life. Older dogs and cats make wonderful companions, too! Also, please spay and neuter your pets to stop pet over-population. Happy Holidays & God Bless!

Dianne Morales
North Platte

  • seriously?

    I would hate it if someone surprised me with a pet. I’d want to pick it out myself. I do, however, support adopting one from the shelter – great idea.

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  • alwayshere

    I agree completely! If I may add, parents: Your children beg & plead for a pet. You finally decide to cave because they PROMISE to feed, water, & care for it. Please don’t cave unless YOU are willing to do the work. That pet is yours. Yes, pets are wonderful ways to teach children responsibility, but they are not disposable. If you aren’t willing to take the time to make sure the critter is cared for properly, please don’t get one. Thanks for letting me vent.

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