Pets as Presents – A Long-term
While that cute
puppy or kitty is a tempting Christmas
present, remember that having a pet is a
long term commitment. Nationally, most
pets will lose their home before they turn
one year and only one dog in five will
remain in one home for life. It is a
poor example for children to see a pet as a
disposable item that is joyfully gotten at
Christmas then “gotten rid of” a few months
later when it becomes inconvenient.
Don’t be that poor example!
Think ahead and make sure the animal will
continue to fit your lifestyle.
Consider how big and active the pet will
If you rent your home, make
sure you are permitted to have a pet BEFORE
you bring the pet home. Consider the
costs and who will actually take care of the
pet. Unsupervised children under the
age of 12 should not be in charge of caring
for pets. If you get a pet during the
holidays, many experts recommend bringing a
pet home a couple days after Christmas when
the stress level has diminished.
Pet care includes vaccinations and having
your pet spayed or neutered.
Low-income families who want to get their
pets spayed or neutered at A Shelter
Friend’s monthly low-income clinic can call
645-2297 for information and sign-up.
Share this number with your friends and
neighbors who are producing unwanted litters
of puppies and kittens – your community will
the NC Spay/Neuter Program by choosing the
Animal Lovers "I Care" license tag!
$20 from each tag sold is
contributed to the NC Spay/Neuter Program
which directly supports our Bladen County