Before gifting a pet, make sure recipient is prepared

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Pets brighten our day but giving a pet as a gift might not be as bright and cheery as one would think.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Bowling Green Warren County Humane Society recommend giving pets as gifts only to people who have expressed a sustained interest in owning one and have the ability to care for it responsibly.

“A lot of times on the holidays we have a lot of people wanting to come in to adopt as a present. Sometimes it works out really well, sometimes it doesn’t always work so well. If a parent is wanting to adopt for their children we usually know that the parent knows what their caring for, what their child is going to enjoy, but we still recommend bringing them in, having them meet the animal beforehand and then having the surprise be that the animal is going home with them. That way we can see the child interacting with the child here and make sure that it’s going to be a good fit,” said Kaley Burden of the Bowling Green-Warren County Humane Society.

Animals bond with their caregivers quickly and suffer from depression and loneliness if their family surrenders them.

“We try to make sure that the first home they go to is going to be their forever home,” said Burden.

If you are the recipient of a pet that you cannot care for, local animal shelter representatives said do not try to re-home the animal on your own, bring the pet to them.