Why it’s Best Not to Give a Live Animal as a Gift

December 24, 2013 § 1 Comment

The Official Houston SPCA Humane Education Blog

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This holiday season you may be thinking of getting a new animal companion for your family or friends. Pets can make fantastic forever friends but only if you are prepared for the long term commitment and responsibility of pet ownership. The best part about getting a pet is knowing that they will be there for you for their entire lives!

Pets can live a really long time – seriously! Some smaller pets may live for only a couple of years but when you choose a cat, dog, bird, or reptile you are making the choice to spend 9-15 years or more with your pet! That is a really long time!

You are your pet’s person from the moment you bring them home. They will need you to provide all food, veterinary care, boarding, grooming, toys, beds, and so much more! If you give the gift of a pet, you are…

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