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Live Christmas Gifts?

I just read a question about people who want a puppy for Christmas, and it reminded me of the report I once read at an animal shelter. The statistics are,  there are more animals given to shelters in the months following Christmas than any other time. People don't think it through carefully. They may buy a pet for someone else without reviewing if that person can care for the animal well enough. People buy without thinking whether they have the ability to train or the financial security to care for their animal, among other things. 

Please, please spread the word this Christmas NOT to buy a pet as a gift unless you are 100% sure you are able to care for the animal for the duration of it's life. That could be many years.

All pet stores should display notices to that effect. In fact, that's one thing I can do to help. I will put pen to paper and write to as many pet stores in my area as I can, asking them to please display notices about the long term care of animals. Maybe we could all do that each Christmas? Thanks :-)
wolvescry2 wolvescry2 36-40, F 1 Response Dec 9, 2011

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I don't know about things in Australia, but here in the US there are stores that sell baby bunnies, chickens and ducklings around easter too. People buy them as pets for their children before they think things through.<br />
Makes me so sad to see them dropped off along side a road. The animals never learned how to fend for theirself and will in a few days be dead because of starvation or attack from another animal. <br />
I understand it is nature for one animal to eat another, but when the other doesn't stand a chance?<br />
Now just this past month I've heard the local SPCA has a waiting list for cats. They just have more than they can handle. <br />
I'm not anti business. But I do believe the pet stores and other stores should be banned from selling animals around any holiday. <br />
That could be stopped if people would just quit buying because of childrens crying eyes. But I doubt that will ever happen.

I agree wholeheartedly OFG. It is outrageous to be so irresponsible. And it breaks my heart to hear stories like the one you told. How anyone could possibly be so thoughtless and cruel is completely beyond me.

I hate to admit this publically, but in all honesty it bring tears to my eyes.