I Found A Lost or Stray Pet: Now What?

Elmhurst_iStock_000017412926_DoubleAs a consummate animal lover, you may rejoice at the chance to help a stranded or lost pet, but it can definitely be unnerving for some, including the animal. Of course, the four-legged friend that took up residence under your deck or on your front stoop may be a stray without a devoted owner. He or she could also have a warm, loving home somewhere with a worried or heartbroken pet parent waiting.

If you have found a stray or lost pet, or just want to know what to do if that ever happens, there are simple things you can do to help. The following ideas, intended with everyone’s safety and security in mind, will help:
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IS A FURRY GIFT MAKING YOUR LIST? PLEASE CHECK TWICE…

Everyone wants a puppy or kitten… right?  The truth is that taking on a new family member is a huge responsibility, and not everyone is up to the commitment.  While the image of a little furry friend sitting under the Christmas tree may be irresistible, giving a pet as a gift is a very serious matter.

With 6 to 8 million dogs and cats entering shelters every year, selecting a pet that is right for an individual family and situation is of utmost importance.  Because having a pet is a decision that an owner must be committed to for the pet’s entire life emotionally, financially, and physically, the selection of an animal is usually best left to the individual taking on the responsibility.  The holiday season is often not a good time to introduce a new family member, either, as new pets take extra time and attention often not available during this busy season.

Please think carefully before giving a furry gift, and certainly do not do so without discussing extensively with the recipient.  Or, if the surprise is a big part of the gift, consider giving a gift card to a local rescue or animal shelter that will cover the adoption costs. That way the recipient will still have the surprise of a new pet, but will also have the ability to pick one out that suits his or her lifestyle and personality.