THINK IT THROUGH: The RSPCA prepares for the seasonal influx of pets.
THINK IT THROUGH: The RSPCA prepares for the seasonal influx of pets. Helen Spelitis

Why you shouldn't give pets as Chirstmas gifts

IF YOU are thinking of giving a dog or cat as a "gift" this Christmas, please reconsider your choice.

Animals require a lot of time, attention, patience and of course a lot of money - all of which are often scarce during the holiday season.

When their novelty wears off, animals given as "gifts" are often neglected by their new owners, left in backyards, dumped on the streets to die or surrendered to animal shelters like the RSPCA - which have to euthanise thousands of unwanted animals every year for lack of good homes.

Adding a dog or cat to the family means promising to care for, spend time with and love this animal for his or her entire lifetime.

That could be 15 years or more.

If you're ready for this and still want to give an animal as a Christmas gift this year, please adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter.

For more information about animal welfare you are welcome to visit www.PETA.org.au.

LAURA WEYMAN-JONES

PETA Australia



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