ASPCA OKs Pets as Presents

Animal welfare groups have long advised against purchasing a pet as a gift for a loved one during the holidays, believing that there is a greater likelihood that the animal will be rejected or returned than if the recipient had been the one to pick the pet out. Some animal shelters even close down for a week or more in advance of Christmas to prevent pet gifting. However, a new study by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) suggests these fears are unfounded. The survey found that people who received pets as presents kept them at the same rate as those who obtained their animals in other ways. More… Discuss


  1. I don’t agree. Kids who receive pets as a present usually ignore them after a week or so and they end up going to a shelter or just being tossed by the side of the road. I think the ASPCA asked the wrong people


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