Consider all Aspects of Giving Pets as Gifts for the Holidays

Consider all Aspects of Giving Pets as Gifts for the Holidays

By Forum Staff

As the holiday season approaches, State Sen. Joe Addabbo, Jr. (D-Woodhaven) is once again urging all residents to carefully consider the impact of giving pets as gifts.

While the act of gifting a puppy or kitten may seem heartwarming, Addabbo said it’s important to remember that pets are not merely commodities to be exchanged. They are living beings that require an incredible commitment, a budget and careful consideration.

Addabbo said:,“Each year, countless animals are abandoned or surrendered to shelters after the initial novelty of being a ‘gift’ wears off. It is a saddening reality that many of these animals end up homeless, neglected, or euthanized due to the impulsive decision to give them as presents.”

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It is crucial to emphasize the importance of responsible pet ownership and the need for thorough consideration before bringing a new pet into a home. Potential pet owners must fully understand the cost, responsibilities and long-term commitment associated with caring for an animal before making the decision to bring one into their lives.

Addabbo encourages individuals to consider all aspects of giving an animal as a holiday gift and possible alternatives to share the joy of animals during the holiday season. A thoughtful alternative could be giving a gift certificate to an animal rescue organization, allowing the recipient to choose a pet that best fits their lifestyle and circumstances.

Addabbo strongly encourages those who are considering adding a pet to their family to visit their local animal rescue organizations. By adopting, individuals can provide loving homes to animals in need, thereby reducing the burden on overcrowded shelters and contributing to the welfare of the animals.

The senator said he believes that a household pet, especially one given as a holiday gift, can be given the proper care and loving home if all aspects of pet ownership are considered.



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