If your child or someone in your family wants that movie scene of running down the stairs and having a cute little puppy jump up out of one of the presents with a big red bow around it’s neck, you should think twice before making this movie scene a reality. Pets are a big responsibility, and after many major holidays the animal shelters find themselves loaded with many animals that were given as gifts and then not wanted anymore. So here are some alternatives to giving that puppy or kitten as gift.
Give an Animal Shelter Gift Certificate
Choosing an animal is a big decision, and a lot of thought needs to go into this. An animal is a commitment that your going to have for many years, so you want to make sure that that animal is a perfect fit for that person. That’s why somebody else should not be choosing the animal for the recipient. Whether a person has allergies or not, whether they are passive or active, their schedule, where they live, and what size house they live in are all factors that go into choosing the right pet. So, instead of picking out a pet for someone, give them a gift certificate to an animal shelter so they can go and pick out the pet that is best for them and their lifestyle.
Give Pet Products
Most people who want a pet as a gift don’t think about all of the things that go into taking care of a puppy or kitten. So the best way to let them know what goes into this big responsibility is to get them all of the things that they are going to need for that pet, such as a leash, a collar, food, toys, food and water dishes, and dog waste bags. When they see all of the things that go into taking care of a pet, they might think a little harder before they rush out and buy them.
Give a Stuffed Animal Pet
For a child who wants take care of a pet, get them a stuffed animal and a leash and make them walk the dog many times a day, and have them feed their imaginary pet and take care of him. If your child does well with this pet, think about getting them a real one.
Give a donation to an Animal Shelter
Instead of buying the person an animal, donate to the animal shelter for them, and if they want to, go and volunteer at the animal shelter. This will let them see firsthand what it means to take care of a puppy or a cat.