Keep the Happy in Your Holidays: Pets for presents, not a good idea?

Sharing gifts is a great way to keep the happy your holidays, but some gifts come with bigger responsibilities than others.

If you’re thinking of giving someone a cute kitten, puppy, or any other kind of animal, you might want to make sure the recipient is ready to take on the task.

The holidays are a busy time and it’s important to stop and remember animals are living things and not toys.

The Humane Society does have a holiday deal for adopting cats, but recommend you only follow through with an adoption if you feel prepared to provide for the animal.

Executive Director of the Coulee Region Humane Society, Heather Drievold, says “They take exercise, and feeding, and cleaning. I can’t stress enough the commitment that owning animals takes.”

Drievold suggests that if your child really wants an animal for Christmas, but you aren’t ready to add another member to the family just yet, a great alternative is a stuffed animal.

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