Want to give a pet as a gift? Shelters, rescues, breeders and others continue to express horror at the idea. Yet extensive research proves otherwise. A year-old study showed there’s no reason pets shouldn’t be given as gifts. In fact, discouraging the practice could mean that more pets lose their lives in shelters.
The ASPCA study showed that 96 percent of people who received pets as gifts reported it either increased or had no impact on their love or attachment to the pet they received. Also, 86 percent of the pets in the study are still in their homes, which mirrors the national retention percentage following routine adoptions.
Dr. Emily Weiss, the Vice President of Shelter Research and Development at the ASPCA (and one of our heroes due to her extensive research), said, “Christmas is coming up, birthdays are every day, and dogs and cats in some shelters around the country are missing chances at homes, so it’s time to put this myth to bed.”
Santa’s preparing for his big trip, so let’s encourage him to save lots of lives by delivering homeless cats and dogs to loving families across the nation. Are you a grumpy elf who still doesn’t believe us? Read the research for yourself! Let’s make it a No Kill Holiday!