Pets as gifts
It’s that time of year when we love giving and as pet lovers, sharing that joy with others can be wonderful. However, is giving someone a pet as a gift the best idea? If you do want to give a pet to someone, here are the must-do’s before you make the decision.
Have the discussion first
We’ve all seen the commercials of puppies with red bows that are given as a surprise. However, giving someone a pet as a surprise is not a good idea. Pets are long term commitments and for this reason, owners must be completely on board with the decision. The initial joy of giving the pet is short-lived. The pet will be there for the long term and you need to know that the owner is able to care for the pet.
Understand your role as the pet giver
If you give someone a pet that you live with, will there be expectation that you will also care for the pet? Will you pitch in with care duties such as feeding and play? Have the discussion with the person you want to give the pet to. Be clear on what you can and can’t manage and if the pet is their reasonability or both of yours.
Long term financial costs
A common problem for pet owners can be the financial costs, if that’s something they haven’t properly considered. You may pay for the pet initially, and perhaps even for extras like de-sexing and toys. However, there will be ongoing costs. Can the new owner manage this? It’s important to understand the costs for the pet and that they will be ongoing over the course of the pet’s life.
Sadly, many pets are given as gifts over the festive period only to then be given up. Give serious consideration before you give a pet to someone. If you are going to get a pet over the festive period, consider visiting your local shelter where there are many pets looking for a loving home.
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