Animal Shelter: Gifting pets at Christmas never a good idea

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - For anyone thinking about giving a loved one or friend a pet for Christmas, the folks at Southern Pines Animal Shelter say it's never a good idea.

Shelter Assistant Manager Katherine Sammons says like humans pets have their own unique personalities. Anyone who is going to take on the responsibility of raising a pet should have time to spend with the animal to see if it is a good fit between them.

Often times Sammons says pets who are given as gifts end up back at the shelter because either the owner can't handle the pet or the pet can't fit into their new environment.

This year the shelter is selling gift certificates as an alternative to gifting actual pets.

"For $100 you can come down and get a gift certificate that is good for six months and give that instead to the person you would like to get a gift for," said Sammons. "It's just always a bad idea for someone who is not going to be responsible for caring for the pet to pick it out."

The gift certificates can be purchased at the shelter on North 31st Avenue or Spay and Neuter Clinic Adoption Center on Hardy Street.

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