Animals as Gifts Not Good Idea

Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter Executive Director Debie Crawford. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter Executive Director Debie Crawford. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Still looking for that perfect gift for someone on your Christmas list? Sheridan Media reporter Pat Blair has some advice on what not to give this year.


If you're thinking about giving someone a cute puppy or kitten … or some other kind of animal … as a Christmas gift, the executive director of Sheridan's Dog and Cat Shelter says … Don't. Debie Crawford said your intentions may be good, but giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea.

She said the shelter never allows a person to adopt an animal as a pet for someone else.

She said a lot of pets that are given as gifts end up back in shelters. She said it's the same with giving someone a rabbit at Easter. Pets require a lot of work, and often, within two or three months, the animal will end up at the shelter because the owner doesn't have the time or the inclination. She said it also probably isn't a good idea to bring an animal into the house at Christmas time.

She said if you know someone who really wants an animal, come to the Dog and Cat Shelter and get a certificate, then pair the certificate with a gift basket filled with treats or accessories or toys for a dog or cat. She said if the recipient decides after all not to get an animal, then the money goes to the shelter as a donation.

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One of the cats at the shelter. (Photo by Pat Blair)
One of the cats at the shelter. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Closeup of another shelter cat. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Closeup of another shelter cat. (Photo by Pat Blair)
SheridanWyoming.com

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