Pets do not make good gifts! There are many great ways to say Merry Christmas, happy Chanukah and even happy birthday, but surprising a gift recipient with a new pet is not one of them!
Pets Do Not Make Good Gifts!
Here at Leesville Animal Hospital we sincerely care about the welfare of ALL animals whether you are part of the Leesville family or not. This is why we do not condone the gifting of pets. You should ALWAYS keep in mind that pets are living, breathing creatures and they require commitment and a financial and time commitment from their owner.
While it may seem like a thoughtful gift for the animal lover in your life it is important to look at all aspects of pet ownership. Perhaps there is a reason that this person does not have a pet currently, is it too much of a time commitment? Are they financially unstable? Are they simply unprepared for a commitment that can sometimes be 20 years or more?
If someone in your life is looking for a new pet then, by all means, help them to find the right pet to fit their lifestyle and take part in the adoption/purchase process! But never assume that because someone likes animals that they are in need of a pet in their life and certainly NEVER surprise someone with a pet they may not be prepared to commit to.