Things to consider before giving a pet as a gift

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JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals used to be against giving pets as gifts. They’ve found that the time of year animals are taken home doesn’t really impact how many are taken returned.

“It’s made all of us reconsider adopting out pets as gifts, we’re just very careful,” said Alan Berger, Executive Director of Pethelpers.

With that said, animals still take a lot more thought than your average gift.

Dogs typically live for more than ten years. That’s an entire decade or more of daily walks, cleanup, and the cost of care which can be hundreds of dollars per year. Don’t forget about training, untrained animals can cause some damage around the house.

“Dogs are a little bit different than cats, consider your work schedule, do you have a fenced in yard, and whether you are ready to have an animal. Dogs tend to be more dependent on their owners,” Berger said.

So instead, maybe you consider getting a cat. They do their own thing and spend a lot of time sleeping. Cats can make great pets, but even though cats are known for being pretty independent they’re not always as low maintenance as you might think.

There are hairballs, scratching and biting, hair on everything you own, and of course, those claws.

“They can end up tearing something or they’re having a heard time using their litter box. They get into all kinds of things because they’re very curious. There are all kinds of things. It’s almost like bringing a toddler into your home,” Berger said.

Even with all of the possible problems, having pets can be incredibly rewarding, as long as you’re willing to take the positive with the negative.

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