As we approach the holidays this month and reunite with our families, I wanted to post some helpful tips for our furry family members to keep them safe during the season.
One major topic that pops up this time of year is giving animals as gifts—especially with the popular image of a puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree. According to American Humane, there may not be a greater gift for homeless animals in return than to open your home and heart to them and animal shelters have thousands of companions available for adoption.
However, American Humane says it’s generally not a good idea to bring a new pet home during the holidays. Since they are times of increased activity, more people, decorations, parties, gifts, and excess foods, pets can become lost in the normal chaos and frightened at a time when they’re already on edge about coming to a new home.
It’s important to remember choosing an animal is a big decision. American Humane recommends considering putting together and wrapping an “adoption kit” instead of bringing home an animal right away. This kit can include toys, a bed, a leash, a collar, food, treats, and a gift certificate for adoption fees at your local shelter. Then after the holiday, you can make an event to visit the shelter to adopt your new best friend!
I hope you and your pets—be them dogs, cats, or other furry (or scaled!) friends—have a wonderful holiday season. Congratulations to all new pet owners this season and I wish you the happiest and warmest memories with your new additions.