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Returning a Dog Gift

So today, the day after Christmas at 2:30 p.m. I read a post by my local animal shelter.  The post stated that they were ALREADY close to full capacity…not even one full day since Christmas…because people were steadily bringing in their Christmas presents to surrender them.

Cats and dogs alike.

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It saddens me that people don’t take the time to think things through when getting a living thing as a gift for someone else.  Nor does the person receiving the gift take the time to even let the living thing grow on them, before deciding to give it up.

When the recipient decides they don’t want the animal, off to the shelter it goes with it’s future to be dependent upon being adopted by others.

I know some shelters rely on their community volunteers to foster pets in their home until they can find their furever home and be adopted.

This is a fantastic opportunity.

Unfortunately, it is not a program that is available everywhere.

Our local animal shelter does not have a foster program and is required to euthanize animals that do not get adopted right away.

In the post they were urging people who wanted to surrender their pet to at least wait until they could get some adopted out first so they wouldn’t have to euthanize so many.

Please, please, please people…fur the love of dog…if you know of someone that is considering surrendering their pet to an animal shelter, at least have them make sure it is a no kill shelter.

Give them the best opportunity they can have in finding their furever home!

When considering giving a living pet as a gift, consider this first. Is the recipient willing and able to take care of a living animal furever?

If the answer is no, then consider getting them something like this stuffed animal instead.

At least purchasing this will benefit the animals at the ASPCA that have been abandoned by us mean humans.

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