Suggestions for the four legged Christmas gift

SAN ANTONIO (Dec. 20, 2016) — With the holidays quickly approaching, many people decide a new puppy or kitten would make the perfect Christmas gift.  Animal Care Services does not discourage holiday pet adoptions, but does strongly encourageresidents to make an informed decision when adopting a pet at any time of the year. Because you’re making a commitment for the lifetime of your new pet, it makes sense to make a decision that’s well thought out and right for you, your family and your new furry friend. Here are some considerations when pondering pets as gifts:

Puppies and kittens require constant attention and supervision which could be in short supply due to the usual hustle and bustle of the season.  This time in a young pet’s life is one at which they are most impressionable. Habits learned now, good AND bad, can last a lifetime.

If you want to give a pet as present, consider bringing the animal home after the holidays and give pet supplies or a stuffed animal in preparation for the real thing.

   Consider planning the purchase with the gift recipient. Make a surprise trip to the shelter and let your friend or loved one choose their pet. Everyone’s idea of the perfect dog or cat may not be the same.

Parents buying a new puppy or kitten for their children this Christmas must realize they will likely be the primary caregivers of the animal.

If people do decide to bring a new pet home, they need to have patience while the animal gets acclimated to their new environment. Understand that getting a dog or cat means you are willing and able to make a lifetime commitment to the responsible care of that animal.

Remember- a dog or cat who has been properly introduced to their adopters is much more likely to become a true member of the family.

All potential adopters at Animal Care Services meet with the shelter’s adoptions counselors who help them complete a questionnaire aimed at matching potential adopters with the perfect pet for their family and lifestyle.  We strongly encourage people to give gift cards for pet supplies or a stuffed toy as an alternative to an actual pet which can be chosen by the actual adopter or as a family. Animals adopted from ACS will be sterilized, vaccinated and micro chipped. The Animal Care Services Adoption Center is open seven days a week Monday through Friday11am to 7pm and weekends from 11am to 5pm.

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