For some people, holidays are the perfect time to bring home a new furry family member. Some parents have more time off from work. The kids are out of school. If your household likes to spend the holidays at home sharing quality time together, it might be the ideal time to settle your new pet into his or her new home.
For some households, however, the holidays are chaotic—filled with bustling activity, visitors constantly coming and going—allowing no time to give a new family member the important attention he or she needs. If that’s the case in your home, it’s probably best to wait until life settles down after the holidays to introduce your new pet into your household.
While the idea of giving a pet as a holiday gift has great appeal to some people, remember that a pet isn’t a toy or an appliance that can be returned if it’s not to its recipient’s taste.
Adopting a pet is a lifetime commitment. If you’re considering giving a pet as a gift, it’s imperative that you involve the recipient in the process from the beginning. Does the person want the responsibilities of caring for a pet? If so, visit a shelter or rescue group with them, and let them choose a companion that fits their preferences and lifestyle. And definitely do not purchase a puppy or kitten from a pet store – you’ll only be supporting cruel puppy and kitten mills.
Whether you’re considering adopting a pet during or after the holidays, we hope you’ll join us at “Whiskers in Wonderland,” our annual holiday pet adoption event. We’ll be at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan on Saturday and Sunday, December 17 and 18, Noon – 6:00 pm. Visit WhiskersInWonderland.org for more information. It’s a tremendous opportunity to see the cats, dogs, rabbits, and even exotics that are always available for adoption—further demonstrating there is never a reason to buy an animal.
Happy holidays to you and your family, furry and not, from all of us at the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals!
, Director of Communications
Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals