My husband would tell you that as a child, his favorite memory of Christmas was when his parents gave him and his sister their adorable black kitten. His parent’s original plan was to give the kitten to him and his sister on Christmas Day inside a cute box.  However, when they picked up the kitten on Christmas Eve, they quickly learned that it was going to be impossible to hide the kitten from the kids overnight. This kitten was rambunctious and very playful, not to mention he knew how to use his voice! So, they improvised and gave the kitten to the kids on Christmas Eve.  He was affectionately named DC, for “Darn Cat!” He certainly lived up to his name!

A lot of families turn to birthdays or holidays when they are considering adding a pet to the family. After all, you can’t beat a better gift than a cute pet! The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) conducted a survey on this very topic!  They were curious about the statistics of how many pets given as gifts stayed in the homes. The ASPCA concluded that 86% of pets that were given as gifts to their owners still are in their same homes to this day.  That is a great percentage!  However, if you or someone you know is considering gifting a pet to a friend or loved one, there are several things to consider.

Consider the Family Lifestyle and Dynamics

Before making the decision to go out and get a pet for a friend or loved one, make sure you are aware of their family lifestyle and activities at home.  As the old saying goes, put yourself in their shoes, and ask yourself the following questions:

Consider the Holiday or Time of Year

Consult With A Member of the Family That You Are Gifting the Pet To

We already discussed getting a member of the family on board with the idea of gifting a pet. Here are some other great reasons to have a family member involved:

It’s Time. Will You Adopt, Or Shop?

Once you have considered all the possibilities of gifting a pet, it is then time to decide on a specific pet!

An Occasion They Won’t Forget!

Once you have done the research and made the decisions, it is then time to plan on the actual act of gifting the pet!  Will you gift the pet during the event, or during a quieter time? Will you do it at their house or at another location? Who will all be involved? Will someone record the event for memories? Have you given others involved a heads-up on what’s about to happen?  No matter how you plan on gifting the pet, it will be an occasion that a person will never forget!

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