With holiday season in full swing, many people and families consider bringing a new pet into the home. However, there are always concerns and the holidays can be a stressful time. While it would be cute to put a new puppy under the tree Christmas morning, Foothills Animal Shelter wants people to give the idea special thought first.
For some people, the holidays are packed with parties, shopping and people coming and going. For others, the holidays are time off from school or work with time to relax. Which is your lifestyle? Will you be able to devote the time it takes to train and play with a new puppy or kitten? Animals need to acclimate to their new surroundings as well. Entering an unfamiliar place can be stressful and it takes time getting use to new territory and people. Extra commotion, like a large number of visitors, can be overwhelming for a pet in a new environment. For those who travel over the holidays or attend many holiday events, this may not be the time to adopt.
Conversely, the holidays can be down time for families with kids out of school and adults home from work. Having consecutive days available to bond, train and allow a new pet to adjust are beneficial.
Pets as Gifts:
Whether for Christmas or other holidays and birthdays throughout the year, not everyone is prepared for the time and commitment of a pet as a gift. Picking out the perfect pet for your home situation and family can be challenging, let alone having someone else get one for you. It is important to have the pet caregiver be involved in the selection of the pet because there are many things to consider. Are pets allowed at the caregiver’s residence? Is the family able to support a pet financially, including unexpected costs?
Solution – Gift Certificates:
For those interesting in giving a pet as a gift consider giving a Foothills Animal Shelter gift certificate. Gift certificates can cover part or all of the costs of adopting a shelter pet and allow the caregiver the ability to select the pet that fits their family and lifestyle. For people and families on the go, a gift certificate is also convenient. Because the gift certificate is valid for a year after purchase, givers can surprise a family or friend with the gift of a pet and the receivers can visit the shelter when they are ready.
To purchase a gift certificate, guests need to visit the shelter in person at 580 McIntyre Street in Golden on the Jefferson County Fairgrounds. For more information, call 303-278-7575.
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