Nothing makes me sadder than seeing a shelter full of homeless pets at holiday time. Yes, I know it’s just another day to the animals. I still can’t help but wish for all pets to have happy homes and warm beds, and enjoy the love of the season. I’ve read so many times through the years that it’s a bad idea to get a pet during the holidays. Some of the biggest reasons, which I agree are legitimate, are that pets given as holiday gifts may not be well-thought out or will be forgotten once the holidays are over or may not be appropriate for the recipient. These are good reasons. But what about someone who wants to adopt a pet during the holiday season? I think it may be a good idea – under the right circumstances.
People who are extremely busy during the holidays, who have travel plans or who will be going out a lot, should probably consider waiting until their hectic schedule settles down. A new pet requires time and care. But someone who is not involved with a lot of holiday festivities may benefit from adopting a new friend during this time of year. We all know that the holidays can be lonesome for some people. What better than to fill your life with a new pet!
A family who wants a new pet might consider the holidays for adoption if they are going to be at home. Kids are off from school and parents may not be at work. This leisurely time could be beneficial to your new pet, to help the pet adjust to your home. Good preparation is key. Once everyone is back to school and work, who will be caring for the pet?
A new pet is not an impulse buy. It takes planning and commitment. Just because it’s the holidays does not change that fact. If you are considering giving someone a pet, how about a gift certificate as an alternative? Talk to the ARL about pre-paying for an adoption. And of course, always adopt a homeless pet instead of buying one.