The Gift...? That Keeps on Giving - Giving Pets As Gifts (7 replies)
This time of year there are a plethora of pets being bought, sold, traded and adopted; all intended to be gifts. It's prevalent enough that some shelters actually refuse to adopt out their animals during the holiday season!
I know what I think of this practice - but I'm interested in what others think about giving pets as gifts. Do you support or oppose the practice or fall somewhere in the middle? Why or why not?
The person who gives a dog as a gift gets a front row seat to watch those first wonderful moments. But think about the scene in which you present your loved one with their furry gift, and look at it from the other side: the excitement of the holidays can produce a frenzied, almost manic atmosphere, and excited energy like that can be an unhealthy way to begin a new canine relationship.
As Easter approaches, this becomes an issue again - bunnies and ducklings and chicks are now "up for grabs" when it comes to gifting.
James, I agree with you. It's hard to help a new pet adjust to a household when things are crazy like they can be around the holidays. Plus, I just think it's a bad call. You're essentially giving someone - without their consent - a huge responsibility that they may not want or be able to properly attend to. That's why I firmly believe that pets should never be presents. It should be a discussed decision that's been researched and properly thought through.
I'm glad you posted here, Awwey! I have been thinking of this thread lately. With Christmas approaching, I've wanted to restart the discussion on pets as gifts. 🙂 I think if someone is prepared, great. But too many times people give cute puppies to a person without thinking of the long term workload and commitment that they take. Then that puppy ends up in a shelter because the recipient finds themselves unable to care for the animal properly.
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