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STAFF EDITORIAL: Pets are not necessarily good holiday gifts

STAFF EDITORIAL: Pets are not necessarily good holiday gifts
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  • On November 30, 2018

An adorable puppy or cute kitten sounds like the perfect Christmas present; that is until it chews up your furniture the next day, or has an accident on your carpet.

According to MLive, the Humane Society and other animal shelters typically see an increase in pet drop offs at the beginning of the New Year. The reason for this increase is believed to be due to gift-givers not taking into consideration everything that pet ownership entails.

With the holiday season quickly approaching, The Lookout staff would like to remind people to consider every aspect of becoming a pet owner before making the decision.

Pets require a lot of attention, patience and money. They need food, toys, vet visits, training and, more importantly, your love and affection.

After all things considered, if one decides that a pet is exactly what their family needs, The Lookout encourages they consider adoption over buying from a breeder or pet store. Adoption is not only cheaper, but it can save a life.

According to the Humane Society, 2.7 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year because there is not enough room in the shelters. By adopting, an animal could be given a second chance. Plus, the shelter will then have more space to care for another animal in need.

Most cities have a Humane Society or other local animal shelter that is filled with dozens of animals looking for their forever homes. To find a shelter, visit https://www.michiganhumane.org/pet-adoption.

Just remember — pets are for life, not just for Christmas.

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