Sunday, December 23, 2007

Pets For The Holidays

"When circumstances are right, local shelter officials say a puppy or kitten can be a great gift for the holidays.

“Statistically it has been proven through North Shore Animal League (the world’s largest no-kill shelter/pet adoption agency) and the Humane Society of the United States that, generally, Christmas adoptions do last,” said Tracy Couch, director of the Kingsport Animal Shelter. “That was great news when they came out with those stats because for years they had said ‘be careful with your Christmas adoptions."

"Pet adoption rates usually go up during the holidays, then when the charm wears off and the daily responsibility becomes tiresome, shelters see returns during the months of February and March.

"We want to make people understand there's a commitment here," Imhof said. "Cats live a long time, it's a 20-year commitment for some kittens."

The commitment with dogs can add up to 15 years. That’s why the no-kill animal rescue group never adopts pets as gifts."

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