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To gift or not to gift: Pets as presents

The holiday season is already here, and many of us are scrambling to find the perfect gifts. Who doesn’t want to see a smile larger than life or hear gasps of surprise when a present is opened, right? As we paws to celebrate the holiday season, let’s get wrapped up in happy . . . just not with a pet.

The holidays seem like a fantastic time to give a pet. After all, pets are filled with joy; you’re looking to spread joy. Pets need attention; you’re probably home now more than usual. But, here are a few reasons why we at the Dumb Friends League don’t recommend giving pets as gifts.

Scratch pets off your holiday shopping list

  1. Even now, the holidays can be filled with hustle and bustle and maybe a houseguest or two, creating a more stressful time to invite a new companion into your home.
  2. Pets have their own unique personalities, just like people. Some prefer being in a quiet home without children, while others thrive with active families. League adoption counselors want to make sure the fit is right for both the person and the pet.
  3. A pet isn’t an Xbox—meaning, they’re more of a commitment than making sure the remote is charged. Walking, feeding, getting exercise and maintaining their health are just some of the things to consider before adding a pet to your family.

We’re not saying you can’t still surprise your loved one with a new furry friend, but perhaps it shouldn’t be the actual animal itself that’s the surprise.

Make memories

  1. Plan a day to visit one of our shelters because you know that half the fun of adopting is walking through the kennels, meeting different animals and finding the right pet for your family.
  2. Put together a gift basket filled with pet-related supplies, like toys, goodies, a leash, a brush and food and water bowls.
  3. Make an adoption coupon to be redeemed during that visit to one of our shelters.

It’s a wonderfur life when you add one of the League’s adoptable pets to your family. Visit our adoptions page to see adoptable pets or call 303.751.5772 or to learn about pets in need of loving homes. Our current adoptions process may change based on COVID-19 guideline.  Learn more before you visit. All adoptions include spay or neuter surgeries, age-appropriate vaccinations, a microchip ID and a free wellness visit with a participating veterinarian.

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