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CHRISTMAS: Don’t adopt pet during holiday chaos

Letter by Suzi Loya, Gig Harbor on Dec. 18, 2012 at 1:56 pm with No Comments »
December 18, 2012 2:16 pm

I’m confused why 15 local shelters and rescues would encourage the adoption of a dog or puppy at Christmas when every expert will tell you the holidays are the worst time to bring a new pet home.

New pets require quiet, predicable environments with routines clearly established and easily followed. A chaotic family Christmas could easily turn tragic or even toxic for a pet.

If you must add a new family member at Christmas, perhaps a promise of a post-holiday shelter visit could be placed under the tree instead.

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