CHRISTMAS is a time for giving.
But certain gifts, such as a new pet, require a lot of thought.
A cute puppy or kitten may sound lovely, but as Jan Thomas from Wangaratta RSPCA said “a pet is not just for Christmas, but for life”.
Ms Thomas said unfortunately many animal shelters get laden with Christmas gift’ pets, which are unwanted by recipients.
“The thing is, what you might like as a pet, they might not,” she said.
Another issue with giving pets as a Christmas present is the timing.
Christmas is a very busy time of year and many people do not have the time to get a new pet settled into its new home.
Ms Thomas said people planning to give someone a pet for Christmas should “think long and hard” before buying the animal.
“A a cute little puppy will soon be an active dog and a cute kitten in two months will be a half grown cat,” she said.
“Make sure the new owner of the animal wants it.” To reduce the number of animals being brought into shelters around Christmas time, the RSPCA requires the recipient of a pet gift’ to come in and choose the animal themselves.
LONG LASTING: The RSPCA’s Emily Snowdon hopes not to see Christmas present pets end up in the pound.