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    Thinking of giving a pet as a gift for Xmas? Might not be a good idea.

    Just saw something on tv about pet shelter over population. It prompted me to post this, even if it's a bit late.


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    With the holidays approaching quickly and gifts already getting wrapped one present that should be carefully considered before purchasing is a dog or cat for a friend, elderly parent or a child. Animals require a lot of time and financial support, so SPCA International encourages you not to make that commitment on someone's behalf until you know they are ready and able to be a good pet parent.

    The estimated annual cost for owning a dog is $2,300 and $1,100 for a cat, which includes food, visits to the veterinarian – both expected and unexpected, toys, training, grooming, and other miscellaneous expenses. This does not include the cost for damaged household furniture that the dog could chew up if they get bored or the cat decides to sharpen its claws on. You can also expect to pay an additional $800 - $1,200 in the first year for puppies and kittens due to extra vet visits for vaccinations and spay or neuter. It is important to understand all these factors before purchasing an animal, either for yourself or someone else.

    After considering the factors above, if you still decide to get a dog or cat for someone other than yourself, SPCA International strongly encourages you to purchase a gift certificate from your local shelter. A gift certificate allows the new pet parent to pick out their next companion animal and find one that best suits their lifestyle.

    An alternative gift idea for a friend or family member who is interested in getting a pet is an annual membership for veterinarian insurance. This helps with the costs that are associated with owning an animal and can take the unexpected additional financial costs off the owner. You can learn more about veterinarian insurance here.

    Shelters see an increase in animals surrendered or brought in as strays after major holidays. To help save an animal's life this holiday, consider all factors before purchasing an animal, either for yourself or someone else and strongly consider the alternatives.

    Did you find this information helpful? Support SPCA International by donating today!


    http://www.spca.com/petcare/item/123

    Copied from SPCA International website; hope they don't mind.

    Just to add, if one is ready to have a pet, please adopt one from your local shelter. Please save an animal's life.
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    I don't think I could handle a dog or a cat where I live. Plus they could
    get hurt on the stairs. My choice was the best because they are small
    and don't take up much space except the fish tank they live in for a
    habitat. These are my hermit crabs. Henry, Red, and Speedy. Here's
    one of them eating a grape!YouTube - Henry eating for the camera
    judy tooley

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    Thanks for you post, Rojo.

    I have a big problem with real, live animals being available from pet shops at any time of the year. Such a temptation for people to make impulse purchases on behalf of others who may not know what looking after a wee creature involves. The shelter gift certificate is a great idea. There are more than enough poor little things in shelters who would love to live with someone who understands the commitment involved and is prepared to turn their house into a great, big cat toy. Well that's my story anyway!

    Judy, your hermit crab is soooo cute. I had no idea sea/beach creatures ate grapes. But, when I think about it, I've seen sea plants that have grapey looking bits on them. I'm glad you have three to keep each other company.

    Cheers

    Vicki

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    Plants also make good pets. I have enough to make my apartment look
    a jungle in Cancun with poinsettias, Begonias, one trying to die geranium,
    and an orchid. I just bought the last poinsettia yesterday at Walmart.
    I don't know whether to name it Rosa or Juanita. It has pinkish leaves
    on the top.
    judy tooley

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tûrwethiel View Post
    Thanks for you post, Rojo.

    I have a big problem with real, live animals being available from pet shops at any time of the year. Such a temptation for people to make impulse purchases on behalf of others who may not know what looking after a wee creature involves. The shelter gift certificate is a great idea. There are more than enough poor little things in shelters who would love to live with someone who understands the commitment involved and is prepared to turn their house into a great, big cat toy. Well that's my story anyway!

    Judy, your hermit crab is soooo cute. I had no idea sea/beach creatures ate grapes. But, when I think about it, I've seen sea plants that have grapey looking bits on them. I'm glad you have three to keep each other company.

    Cheers

    Vicki
    You're welcome Vicki; I wish all animals in shelters could find good homes.

    Hey Judy, looks like Henry's got quite an appetite!
    ''Music, I feel, should be emotional first and intellectual second.'' - Maurice Ravel
    ''The greatest education in the world is watching the masters at work.'' - Michael Jackson


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