For life, not just for Christmas…
With Christmas in a couple of weeks, lots of us are thinking about presents. I certainly am! What to give to my family and friends, what might be under the Christmas tree for me… but before you say to your grown-ups “please may we have a puppy?” STOP!! Here are a few things to think about.
Christmas is one of the worst times you could bring a new, possibly young, animal into their new home. It can be noisy with a lot of people bustling around – I know what it’s like in my house! – which is frightening for a new kitten or puppy when they need to settle in!
Novelty wears off
We all know what it’s like at Christmas – it’s easy to get excited about a gift, only to forget about it a few days later. This is what can happen with pets – the excitement can wear off pretty quickly. Sadly, the time between Christmas and New Year is one of the busiest for the RSPCA with animals being abandoned…
A lot of people don’t realise how much time and money are needed to care for a pet properly. A rabbit may cost around £25 to buy, but can cost hundreds of pounds in just the first year because you need to think about suitable housing, food, bedding, vaccinations, health checks, insurance… the list goes on!
Merry Christmas everybody!
So, now I’ve said those important things, here’s the rest of my message… have a BRILLIANT time this Christmas! And remember, having a family pet is great – as long as it’s a family decision and everyone understands what the animal needs for a happy, healthy life.
There are hundreds of animals in RSPCA centres waiting for loving homes, so if your family’s ready, why not see who’s in your area? Just go to: rspca.org.uk/findapet – but remember, wait until the celebrations are well and truly over!