Thinking of giving a puppy for Christmas? Animal Care and Control has a Christmas wish for you

CLARKSVILLE, TN – Montgomery County Animal Care and Control Director David Kaske is asking the community for help this Christmas season.

Each year, Montgomery County Animal Care and Control, as well as other shelters across the United States, receive large numbers of puppies from January through March. The intake comes from well-meaning people who wish to give a puppy to their children, spouse or friend for Christmas.

Kaske advises people to take their time and think about engagement before they jump in and buy a new pet, regardless of the amount of begging.

“Shelters typically see up to a 50% increase in the number of puppies and return adoptions during the months of January and February compared to other times of the year. If you understand the commitment it takes to bring a pet to your family and are determined to have a new pet in your home this Christmas season, we strongly encourage everyone to adopt and do not shop. We have lots of pets here at our local shelter ready for a big house, ”Kaske said.

This time of year, people often search for new pets on social media, at pet stores, and from breeders. Kaske asks people to do their research so they can make a wise and informed long-term decision before bringing a new pet home during the holiday season.

Here is some useful information and questions to consider before adopting:

  1. Most dogs and cats live between 10 and 25 years depending on the breed and species. Are you ready for this commitment period?
  2. Maintaining dogs and cats can cost anywhere from $ 500 to $ 1,500 per year, including regular vet visits, food, toys, and more. Animals with pre-existing conditions can cost even more. All pets have financial responsibilities.
  3. Animals should be cared for daily. Owning a pet means that the animal needs to be fed, watered, walked, left outside and cared for on a daily basis.
  4. Discuss taking a pet with the whole family and make the decision together as a gift experience to ensure the pet has a lasting loving home. Owning a pet is a family duty and requires everyone to be on the same page.
  5. Make sure that those who will be around the animal often are not allergic or afraid of animals.
  6. Families with young children should take the time to consider whether owning a pet is the best decision at this time. Small children must be supervised at all times near animals.
  7. We strongly advise against adopting a pet as a Christmas present. In many cases, the intention is good, but the person receiving the gift may not be ready, able or willing to accept a “surprise” gift.
  8. Last but not least, give your newly adopted pet time to acclimatize to your family and home. All too often, pets are returned after just a few days because pet owners are not patient in allowing the pet to be part of the family.

Kaske advises, “I like to tell people to remember the Three-dog rule: three days for a pet to decompress and start eating and drinking, three weeks for an animal to settle in, discover the environment and begin to develop a routine, and three months for an animal to feel comfortable in the house and bond. “

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