Peninsula Humane Society Encourages Holiday Pet Adoption

This holiday season may be the ideal time to adopt a cat.

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Despite many nationwide animal welfare groups discouraging holiday season adoptions, the Peninsula Humane Society of San Mateo, California, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says it is looking at this holiday season as a potentially ideal time to adopt a pet or to give one as a gift.

Most animal welfare agencies discourage holiday season adoptions and some strictly forbid people from adopting pets as gifts, fearing that some will acquire pets as impulse gifts which would have a high return potential, says Ken White PHS/SPCA president. However, we see this time of the year as being potentially ideal for families looking to add a pet to their family. Parents and kids have vacations, which can mean much-needed quality time at home for a new animal companion.

A person should not give a pet to a person who has not fully considered the responsibility or expressed an interest in having a pet, warns the society which provides gift-giving and adoption guidelines for the holiday season. PHS/SPCA suggests giving adoption gift certificates instead of adoptions for people not completely sure about their desired animals breed or age or their own timing in terms of taking on the responsibility of caring for a pet.

We tell people to have some fun with the process, says Scott Delucchi PHS/SPCA spokesperson. Gift wrap a bone or collar along with a personal note and gift certificate saying you will take your wife, daughter, mother, partner or friend to the shelter so they can choose the animal.

For more information, please visit the Peninsula Humane Society and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website.

Posted: Dec. 13, 2005, 5a.m. EST

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