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Is Giving A Live Pet For Easter A Good Idea

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Pets as Easter Gifts

 

  Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

With Easter approaching and everyone getting their shopping done, there is one thing that should not be on the gift giving list; and that is surprising someone with a pet as an Easter gift. While it may initially seem like a good gesture to give someone a pet as a present, it usually doesn’t end very well for the animal. Many times the pets given as presents are unwanted and usually end up at shelters.

Pets that are mostly given at Easter include, but not limited to; ducklings, rabbits, kittens, chicks and puppies. So many people think that these animals are cute gifts to give, and they fit the Easter theme. While it’s true that these pets can make wonderful companions and bring untold joy, they’re a huge responsibility. It usually means a long term commitment, energy and money, which might exceed one’s abilities. When the recipient finds it difficult to care for the pet, they usually decide that the pet is better off somewhere else, like an animal shelter. Unfortunately, the fact that the “gift pets” end up at animal shelters is not really the fault of the owner or the animal, it is your fault for giving that person the surprise pet. That said, lets now take a closer look at some of the reasons why it’s not a good idea to give a pet as an Easter gift;

1. Pets Should Never Be Surprises
No matter what type of pet(s) you are planning to surprise a loved one with, it is never a good idea. Pets, especially puppies, are a long term commitment, and it takes lots of preparation to be ready for such responsibility. For instance, before any pet is brought in, pet proofing and such other preparations need to be done. Moreover, pets need routine care like providing food, water, clean bedding, playtime, daily exercise, grooming, and regular veterinary check ups. Without adequate preparation and safe guarding, the animal can be at risk. Saddling a loved one with the burden of caring for the pet that they are not prepared for, will make them have to surrender the pet to an animal shelter.

2. Requires a Lifestyle Change
Living with pets creates a lifestyle change. Somebody who lives alone might actually prefer the solitude, and might not want the responsibility of having to care for an animal. Pets generally require routine care, and the recipient might not want to change their current lifestyle to accommodate the pet. In addition to that, the recipient’s lifestyle may not be best suited to give the animal the care and attention needed. For instance, if the recipient’s work schedule requires them to be away from home all day, and can’t afford to hire a pet sitter, the new pet might suffer from separation anxiety. In such situations, the recipient usually ends up surrendering the pet to an animal shelter.

3. There’s a Huge Financial Responsibility
The costs which are involved in caring for the pet, throughout their lifetime, are quite huge. Some of the costs include, but not limited to, food and pet supplies, annual veterinarian checkups, pet medical aid, grooming and training costs, among such other expenses. The recipient might not be willing or able to invest in the care and maintenance needed. Surprising someone who’s financially unable or unwilling to care for the pet is not fair to that person, or to the pet.

4. Your Choice of Pet isn’t Necessarily the Right Choice 
Well, even if you are right about the recipient wanting a pet as a companion, the choice you make might not be the right one for them. There are many factors that go into matching the right type of pet to the individual, and it is not a choice that you can make on behalf of somebody else. Some of the things to consider can include, but not limited to; type and breed of pet preferred, time available to interact with the pet, the space and environment available for that pet, among such other factors. It is because of such factors that one should never give pets as Easter gifts. A poor fit can mean the pet is sent to an animal shelter which is usually hard not only on the pet, but also on the person who received the pet as a gift.

5. It’s a Hectic and Busy Time 
Easter is usually a busy time of the year, and thrusting a pet in the mix is never a good idea. Even if you are sure that someone would like receiving a new pet as a present, doing so during the Easter holidays puts extra stress on them and the animal. During Easter celebrations, many families do not have the extra time needed to fully adjust to, and create a proper routine for caring for the new pet. The pet may end up eating the wrong things, escaping from the doors when left open by the visitors, or may even get neglected because there is so much going on during the Easter celebrations.

Alternative Gift Ideas
Instead of giving a pet as an Easter gift, there are many other alternative gifts to give the animal lover in your life. Some of them include, but not limited to

  • Giving them a gift certificate from the local shelter; the certificate covers the pet’s adoption fee, and allows the future pet owner to come in the animal shelter, and choose their very own pet.
  • Arranging for a loved one to volunteer at the animal shelter, or sponsoring a farmed animal on their behalf.
  • Giving them useful pet supplies (that is if they already have a pet), like a cat collar, a leash, a dog bowl, toys, a scratching post, treats, just to name a few.
  • Making a donation to the rescue center on their behalf.
  • Giving them a stuffed animal representing the shelter pet.

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Pets as Gifts – Is it a Good Idea

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Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

You have a pet lover on your gift list and thought a new pet would be the perfect gift.

Please think long and hard before giving a living breathing animal as a gift. Pets as gifts require many things to consider.

 

The times that many people think of giving a pet as a gift are Birthdays, Easter, Christmas and after a person has lost a beloved pet. Weeks and months after a pet is given at these times is also the times these pets may be given up. If not given up, the pets may enjoy a wonderful life but the joy of choosing one’s own pet was not given.

 

The one thing I have witnessed over and over again in all the years that I have been in animal welfare is when an animal chooses a person, the bond is special. If you have ever been chosen by a pet, you know what I mean.

 

Keep in mind – 

  • Adding a pet to a family is a very personal choice.
  • Not every pet is right for every family
  • Not every family is right for every pet
  • What you may think is the perfect pet maybe the last thing the person receiving would actually get for themselves.
  • A person may prefer to add a dog instead of getting another cat or may decide to add a cat instead of another dog.
  • Maybe they prefer a male over a female or the other way around.
  • Maybe they absolutely love black but would never consider another black pet because it reminds them of the one they lost and it would be too painful.

 

If there was a loss of a pet, and they are grieving, many people think getting another pet to replace that pet will help.  Keep in mind, a pet that was deeply loved can never be replaced. Grieving is a very individualized thing.  Some people do well with adding a pet soon after that loss, some take much longer. It took me 5 years after losing my Siberian Husky before I was ready for another dog. If you bring a pet to a grieving person who may not be ready, you may add to that grieving if they must give up the new pet as well.

 

Adding a pet to a family is a decision that is a long term decision. Dogs and cats can live 15-20 years or more. Large bird breeds can live upwards of 50 years and it is advised to put them in your will and trust (all pets should be as well).

 

Then there is the financial aspect of owning pets. In the first year, expenses can run into $1000-2000 with pet food, vaccines, spay/neuter, etc.  If it is a pet that has medical issues that are not known when acquired, it could be higher.

 

A pet as a present will require a lot of time and money from the person that will be receiving the pet. Can they handle this?  Do they want to?  There is a lot to consider and if this will be a surprise, you may think you know all the answers but maybe the reason this person has not gone out to get a new pet is because it is not the right time.

 

So, should you throw this idea out the window?  Not necessarily.  Here are some ideas on giving the gift of a pet without actually giving a pet. This way, when the recipient is ready, all they have to do is choose.

 

You can make up a basket or fill a decorated box with everything they need.  Or fill a crate or pet carrier. Fill with everything on our list (lucky person and pet) or choose just a few.

 

Ideas For Dogs – 

  • A note letting the person know that when they are ready you will be happy to take them to choose their pet
  • A note stating that you will pay for the pet of their choice
  • Pet Care Gift Certificate for mid day let out for a puppy while they are at work or dog walking for their new dog or whenever they may need a pet care visit at their home from a professional pet sitting company (Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Pooper Scooper
  • Pet waste bags and carrier
  • Leashes, collars, harness
  • Pet Identification
  • Pet Video Camera
  • Pet GPS
  • Microchipping
  • Training Gift Certificate
  • Training/behavior books and videos
  • Pet Insurance
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Care Credit information (this is a special line of credit to be used for your pet whenever it is needed.  This can be used for regular or unexpected medical, emergencies, etc.  Depending on the amount, you could have up to 6 months interest free to pay off the balance. Bonus is that this can also be used for human medical and dental as well!)
  • Pet Food (enough for a few days, a week, a month)
  • Grooming Gift Certificate
  • Brushes, combs
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toys of all sorts
  • Treats
  • Beds, blankets

 

Ideas For Cats – 

  • A note letting the person know that when they are ready you will be happy to take them to choose their pet
  • A note stating that you will pay for the pet of their choice
  • Pet Care Gift Certificate for Litter box cleaning while they are at work or whenever they may need a pet care visit at their home from a professional pet sitting company (Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Litter Scoops
  • Litterboxes (at least two)
  • Leashes, collars, harness
  • Pet Identification
  • Pet Video Camera
  • Pet GPS
  • Microchipping
  • Training/behavior books and videos
  • Pet Insurance
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Care Credit information (this is a special line of credit to be used for your pet whenever it is needed. This can be used for regular or unexpected medical, emergencies, etc. Depending on the amount, you could have up to 6 months interest free to pay off the balance.  Bonus is that this can also be used for human medical and dental as well!)
  • Pet Food (enough for a few days, a week, a month)
  • Grooming Gift Certificate
  • Brushes, combs
  • Scratching posts and trees of all sizes
  • Nail Clippers
  • Toys of all sorts (especially laser and feather toys)
  • Treats
  • Beds, blankets

 

If you are planning on giving another type of pet such as a bird, hamster, guinea pig, rabbit, duckling, chick, etc.  Please do ALOT of research.  There are Facebook groups for all of these pets and more.  Ask questions on what they would love as a gift for complete care for the type of pet you are considering.

 

If your friend rents, please check and find out what is allowed.  If you are thinking of a German Shepherd puppy and the rental agreement only allows cats and dogs under 25 pounds, that will be a bit disappointing.

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If you are thinking of a horse, pony, ducks, chickens, goats, etc. You may need to check with the city your friend lives in to make sure that their home is zoned for such animals. Also, these are animals that will need a building for them to be housed in. You may need to do further research for housing plans, costs and make sure there is room and zoning for that as well. Ducks and chickens may also be in danger of wildlife in the area, so please take that into consideration.

 

What are some ideas that you can give to a Pet Lover without giving an actual Pet?

 

If they already have pets –

  • Pet Care Gift Certificates – they can always use help with pet care if they go out to dinner and need a supper visit or a dog walk when they are gone all day(Professional Pet Sitting Etc has gift certificates in any amount)
  • Animal Hospital Gift Certificate
  • Really anything on the above two lists will work

If they do not have any pets and a new pet is not right at this time – 

  • Donate to a local shelter or animal organization in the person’s name
  • Donate to a local shelter or animal organization in the person’s pet’s name

Happy Gift Giving !!

 

 

  About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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