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Giving a pet for a Christmas gift?
Nov 29th, 2011 at 5:23pm
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Thinking of giving a pet as a gift? What are the most important issues to think of? Are you sure it's wanted and a good idea for a gift?
  
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Re: Giving a pet for a Christmas gift?
Reply #1 - Nov 30th, 2011 at 8:56pm
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It is also a good idea. I like it.
  
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Re: Giving a pet for a Christmas gift?
Reply #2 - Dec 10th, 2011 at 5:03pm
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Unless the person doing the giving is willing to take 100% responsibility for the pet, this is not a good idea.

Far too many pets end up in shelters after the holidays, as they were purchased on a whim, something cute for under the tree. Visit any shelter after Easter and take a look at the bunny explosion.

Also, the holidays can be stressful and very busy. Not a good time to introduce a new pet to the family. After the holidays, when routines are back to normal, is a far better time.

A good idea would be a gift card for a pet. This way, all involved have a chance to discuss the idea and agree on everything regarding responsibility, care, insurance and even type/breed.

  
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