Cross “Puppy” Off of the Holiday Shopping List!
NAPPS is Urging Gift-Givers to Avoid the Common Mistake of Giving the ‘Pet Present’
The National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, is spreading awareness about the dangers of giving pets as gifts this holiday season, and is urging gift-givers to consider an alternative to the popular puppy present.
According to John D’Ariano, president of NAPPS, it is very unfortunate, but most pets that are “gifts” become neglected, unwanted and abandoned.
NAPPS urges you to consider the following and share these tips with others:
- The potential pet parent should be able to ask themselves – Would a pet fit into my daily routine and lifestyle? Can I afford the expenses associated with having a pet? Someone else should not make this decision on their behalf.
- If the pet is for a child, consider the following: Is your child ready to take on the responsibilities of caring for a pet? Are you—the adult—prepared to take on the responsibilities of caring for a pet?
- Christmas morning will eventually be over. By giving a pet as a gift, you may be sending the wrong message – that pets are disposable and easily replaced – like toys and games.
- Maybe the holiday season is the wrong time to welcome a new pet – with all the excitement, decorations, entertaining, out-of-town guests, and traveling.
- If you are considering a pet pal for your family, do it when you can devote all of your time and effort to the attention and care of the pet.
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