Adopt a dog or cat after the holidays

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I urge readers never to give animals as “gifts” and to delay adopting a dog or cat for themselves until after the holidays.

Animals require vast amounts of time, attention, patience and money – all of which are scarce during the holiday season. When their novelty wears off, animals who are given as “gifts” are often neglected, dumped on the streets to die or surrendered to shelters – which must euthanise thousands of animals every year for lack of a good home.

Adding a dog or cat to the family means promising to care for, spend time with and love the animal for his or her lifetime – which could be 15 years or more. If you’re ready for this responsibility, please adopt a dog or cat from a shelter after the holidays and have your new friend spayed or neutered. To learn more, visit

Ben Williamson

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)