The
holidays. A couple of months filled with holiday cheer, carols, and snowflakes—followed
by a flood of animals being dumped
at shelters.

That’s
because after the hustle and bustle—after discovering the cute little puppy under
the tree wearing a big red bow—come the puddles on the carpet, the walks in the
cold, the chewed-up shoes, and the vet bills. So when the kids who begged, “I’ll
take care of him every day, I promise,”
are too busy playing their new video games to care for their new puppy, Rover
is tossed aside like last year’s Call of Duty.

Puppies
need a stay-at-home person to housetrain them properly (they can’t “hold it”
all day) and multiple walks every day, even when it’s cold and rainy. Both
puppies and kittens need lots of patience and understanding, room to grow
physically and mentally, and a fat wallet for sterilization
and all the shots, wormings, grooming, food, medicine, and toys.

People
who give animals as gifts
are essentially sticking about 16 years’ and thousands of dollars’ worth of
responsibility under the tree. Sounds festive, right?

If a family member or friend is genuinely ready and
willing to adopt an animal, wait until the holiday hoopla is over and offer to
accompany them to your local animal shelter where you can help pick out a
wonderful companion for life, not just for Christmas.

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Article source: PETA Files

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