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While ipods and Xbox 360s make great holiday gifts, pets don't -- !!

 

I just finished SPBR's holiday gift post-cards -- and that's about the only gifts to be given around here -- !!

Gifting of pets around the holidays or for birthdays isn't a good idea -- at all. While I am positive about families wanting to add a "new addition" around the holidays, since they have more time to focus on the pup, etc., gifting a pup to someone, where you also "gift" them the full responsibility of the pet, often ends up in a neglected pet that will be either mistreated, or better yet (for its sake), euthanised at the shelter.

Pets are a huge responsibility, which is often a great family-affair -- like with little Chloe (left), who recently went to Camille and her family in Connecticut. While her parents may say that Chloe is 11-year old Camille's "girl", Chloe is really a family responsibility, with the parents overseeing the rearing of this sweet little life. That is a great way for everyone to share the joys and responsibilities of a new family pet.

Simply gifting a pet to a boyfriend or family member, however, is not, because once they take the cute puppy or dog home, and when the sober responsibilities of pet ownership kick in, the recipient says, "Hey, I never wanted this -- all I wanted was a cute plaything on Christmas day" -- and the neglect begins.

 

So, this holiday season, give the kinds of gifts that are appreciated, and that don't require much ownership -- but please don't burden someone with a gift-pet, which will likely end up a failure --

-- and if you'd like an SPBR postcard, featuring little Ivy (whose story can be found here), email me your address to eric@spbr.org, and it'll be the star of your holiday cards in no time -- !!