The holidays are upon us, and with them bring a veritable cornucopia of sharing and gift giving like no other time of the year. It’s also a time to open our homes and hearts to all creatures big and small. If you’re thinking of opening your home to a new pet there may be no better time than right now, because various animal shelters across the country are offering discounts on adoptions for pets. Costs for animal adoptions can sometimes be surprisingly high, but the facilities that house these creatures are now making them more affordable.
For instance, right now the Cobb County Animal Shelter in Marietta, Georgia, is offering a “Home for the Holidays” pet adoption event throughout the month of December that allows adopters to bring home a pet for a flat fee of $60. This price includes vaccinations for rabies, deworming and spay/neutering fees. Dogs will also get a heartworm check, and cats their FIV/FLEV tests. This is actually a great deal for potential pet parents if they’d like to bring home a cat or dog for the holidays.
One of the reasons behind this special offer is because animal control in Cobb County needs help clearing out the shelter for the holidays and finding forever homes for the many dogs, cats, puppies and kittens currently being held there. According to Billy Mayfield, the Cobb County animal control manager, right now the shelter has approximately 300 dogs and cats that are in need of loving homes. Sadly, this is a time of year when many animals show up on their doorstep unwanted and frightened.
Finding Forever Homes
A searchable animal shelter database is in place, and it lists the dogs and cats that are now up for adoption and those that soon will be at some point in the month of December. Mayfield highly recommends that first-time adopters spend plenty of time with the animals at the shelter in order to pick the right pet for your family and lifestyle. In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mayfield said, "We don't want people to make a rash decision. Think this one through." Potential adopters who are uncertain can also buy a gift certificate that can be used towards an adoption.
Holidays & Pets
The holidays are not only a big time of year for unwanted pets to end up in shelters, but it’s also (unfortunately) a time of year for people to make unwise decisions in connection to pet gift giving. It is so important to think long and hard about not only which pet but the reality of the situation. If you don’t really have the time or the energy for a pet, don’t get one. Another big mistake people make is getting pets for children that are too young to have them.
Responsible Pet Ownership
Pet ownership is a serious responsibility. The hard truth is that oftentimes pets are acquired or given for all the wrong reasons, and it’s the pets that pay. Please don’t make those mistakes this holiday season.