Many open their hearts and homes to new pets at Christmas - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Many open their hearts and homes to new pets at Christmas

Kittens at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Kittens at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter
Puppies at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter Puppies at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Adoptions at the Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg have been almost non-stop during the week leading up to Christmas.

Shelter Assistant Manager Katherine Sammons says she has never seen it be this busy and calls it phenomenal. She says she expects Christmas Eve to be just as busy. Sammons says there are a couple of things to keep in mind before giving a pet as a present. First understand that if you are giving one as a pet to a child, you will be the one who will be responsible for the pets care and she says it is never a good idea to surprise someone with a pet at Christmas.

"If someone wants to gift a puppy or kitten for Christmas they need to bring the person that they are getting it for to the shelter because it's such a personal relationship between an animal its owner," said Sammons. "We would really like for the people who are actually going to be getting these animals to meet them and get to know them before they make a big decision to have that dog or cat for the next 12 to 15 years."

The dogs rescued this past week from the abandoned home in Jones County are available for adoption but will not be able to go home until they are healthy enough for their spay or neuter surgery.

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