Helen

Pets aren’t presents!

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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.

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Scary celebrations

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…

Huge commitment

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!

 

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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!

One Response to “Pets aren’t presents!”

  1. Eleanor

    That’s so true! Even though I love puppies I cant have one because I live in a flat. At least I have a super cute hamster called Grumpi.

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