A New Friend for the Holidays?

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An iconic Christmas morning scene is an eager child running to the Christmas tree and peering into a loosely-lidded box and gasping as they see the perfect wet nose of a puppy – the very thing they had pleaded and longed for all year long. So many parents desperately wish to make this iconic scene a family memory for their own children. As a result, many, many puppies and kittens along with other pets are purchased during the Christmas season. But, there are some important things to keep in mind before buying a new pet.

1. Adopt, Don’t Shop

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There are countless cats and dogs that end up in shelters often euthanized because of lack of homes. Shelters and rescue groups often have many puppies and kittens or young animals to choose from. Also, middle age and older pets are often preferably as they have made it through some of the less than ideal tendencies like cutting teeth, chewing, and having endless energy. Some shelter pets even know tricks and are house-trained – a big plus. Further, some shelters and all rescue groups will have a general sense of the personality and behaviors of the pet you select. They can help match you with a pet that is the best fit for your family’s needs.

2. Avoid Increasing the Pet Overpopulation

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Some cities have less of an overpopulation, but most cities in Texas have a major pet overpopulation problem resulting in countless animals being euthanized on a daily basis. Cities like Houston, among others, have a homeless pet crisis. Breeding dogs and cats and purchasing pets rather than adopting pets that need homes greatly contributes to this crisis. When we purchase pets we not only deny a needy pet a home, we also encourage breeders to continue breeding dogs and cats by lining their pockets. Sadly, many of the pets purchased from breeders end up at shelters and rescue groups after people tire of them.

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