The Festive Fur-ball Factor: are You Really Ready to Adopt a Pet This Holiday Season?
By Marie Mead
The holidays are upon us once again. And as the festive lights, glowing menorahs, and savory aromas soothe our spirits and bring out our annual idealism, we find ourselves pondering one of the burning questions of the season: Should Santa bring Junior a shiny new bike…or that puppy he’s been asking for? Too many people use the holidays as an opportunity to impulse-adopt pets. And it’s rarely a good idea.
A new pet may seem like an exciting addition to holiday merrymaking. After all, during the season of giving, who wouldn’t want to share the love with a new kitten, puppy, or bunny? But what seems like a sweet idea on the surface is not always in the best interest of the animal. Pets aren’t toys, they shouldn’t be considered disposable, and frankly, they just aren’t for everyone.