One in ten pets adopted from shelters will be homeless in six months, according to The American Humane Society.
When someone receives a pet as a gift, it’s often unexpected. Recipients may not have time to research their pets or understand the responsibility of owning a pet.
The Peninsula Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and many other animal shelters have a Politics limit the adoption of a pet for gift giving. However, not all shelters have this policy, resulting in continued pet donation.
“We make every effort not to adopt pets as gifts. If someone says they are getting an animal as a gift, we will either say no or recommend that they bring the person they are giving the animal to so they can choose the animal, ”said Jamice Jordan, advisor. for adoption at the SPCA of the Peninsula.
“I did a lot of research to find that lizards and other reptiles are good family pets,” Mattson said.
Research is a necessary process before adopting a pet. This has been a big part of the pet owner buying process of Erin Mattson.
Jordan often has clients who have not researched prior to adopting a pet.
“While someone may be very excited about adopting a pet, they may not be ready for a pet, or maybe their living situation isn’t. not ideal for accommodating the animal he wishes to adopt. So they have to bring the animal back, ”Jordan said.
On Valentine’s Day, Carlmont sophomore Brooklyn Alexander received a heart-shaped box from his father. When she opened the lid, a shiny, wet nose appeared out of the box.
Suddenly, a small ball of hair sprang up. It was a chocolate lab. Alexander’s family were excited about their new puppy, Russel, but that excitement didn’t last long.
“It didn’t work out well,” Alexander said. “We didn’t realize how much work there had been.
Alexander’s family gave Russel someone who could provide him with a better home. Although Russel has finally found a caring environment, people sometimes bring unwanted animals back to shelters.
“Animals are not perfect. Pets in a shelter normally have a certain type of behavior or a medical problem, and people don’t want to deal with that, ”Jordan said.
After being sent back to a shelter, the animals sometimes become aggressive, decreasing their probability of being re-adopted.
“As a rule, animals retreat in their behavior. When you move an animal from one place to another, it tends to get stressed, ”Jordan said.
While giving someone a pet might seem like a good idea, often people who receive a pet as a gift are not able to properly care for a pet. But even people with an appropriate living situation may not understand the commitment to adopting a pet, especially one from a shelter.
“People should be prepared to take care of a pet. It takes a lot of responsibility and time, ”said Mattson.