Christmas pet? Not so fast – The Daily Iberian

It’s that time of year when, in an attempt to find the perfect holiday gift, people begin looking into purchasing or adopting a pet.

But a new addition to the family in animal form may not be a good idea for everyone.

Dayna Perry, director of the Iberia Parish Humane Society/Angel Paws Adoption Center, said in March and April the center sees an increase in animals — due to all those sweet Christmas presents being turned in — and most of them are pure-bred dogs.

“Most people say they were not prepared for an animal and it wasn’t their idea,” said Perry. “Surprising someone with the gift of an animal isn’t wise. That person may not want an animal, may not be able to afford one or have time for it.”

Perry said the center’s last day to adopt a pet this month will be Dec. 22 because the shelter doesn’t want to adopt animals out as last-minute Christmas gifts.

“These animals are not a means to saving someone’s Christmas. They are not last-minute gifts,” she said. “They are real lives, not toys on a shelf.”

Perry said Christmas can be a good time to adopt or buy an animal for someone who is looking to adopt a pet, and accept the responsibility that comes with it.

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