20 February 2014 ~ 0 Comments

Should You Give a Small Dog As A Gift?

A live dog may or may not be the best gift idea according to the ASPCA.

A live dog may or may not be the best gift idea according to the ASPCA.

“I am looking for a forever, loving home. Woof!”

Over the last holiday season there were many people who received a dog as a gift from a family member or friend. While this would be a joyous occasion it does raise the question, should you give a small dog as a gift? It is true that many times these situations work out great for the person and the dog, but there is a measure of caution set forth by the ASPCA to before aware of before considering this type of gift giving.

Should You Give a Small Dog As A Gift?

This holiday season, many of us stumped for a gift for a loved one will be tempted by the adorable faces peering out at us from behind the display glass of the local pet store. Who doesn’t love puppies and kittens? This could be the gift that cements a budding relationship with a boyfriend or girlfriend. It could be the gift that makes your child realize you are the best dad or mom a kid could have. It could be the gift of companionship that brings a lonely or elderly relative back into the world. Or not. Here are some do’s and don’ts to consider when considering a new pet over the holidays.

 

DON’T Buy Puppies from Pet Stores that Buy from Puppy Mills
In Los Angeles this year, the ASPCA is putting up 40 billboards for the holidays. They urge holiday gift givers to boycott pet stores and Web sites that sell puppies. Why are these Scrooges and Grinches denying us from gifting a scruffy ball of fun? Because the animals at these pet stores usually come from puppy mills. Puppy mills where mothers are forced to have more litters than nature intended. Where puppies are given inadequate nutrition and medical care. Where the goal of these mills is to deliver as many pups to pet stores as possible, ignoring the genetic and medical issues that the new caregiver will be unable to ignore. Read more about Dog Adoption in Is It Okay to Give a Dog as a Gift? here.

There are many ways to provide a dog lover a gift, and giving a live animal might not be the best idea. The new fur baby might not be a good fit for their lifestyle or their home, which also depends on where the dog is adopted from. But in the right circumstances with proper research you can make this a beneficial situation. When asking the question, should you give a small dog as a gift? consider all of the pros and cons, and be sure that this will make a good match for both the new owner and the dog.

“Giving Dogs As Gifts”

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