Animals are one of the most popular gifts for the holidays, but they aren't always the best gifts.

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An animal is a life long commitment. When you bring an animal home, there are a lot of responsibilities. Who's going to feed it? Who's going to give it fresh water every day? If it's a dog, who's going to take it out to potty at 2 am? If it's a cat, who's going to scoop the smelly litter box? If you're planning to get an animal for you child this holiday season, please ask yourself these questions. Chances are, once the excitement wears off, depending on the age of your child, you will be the one left caring for this animal. Are you ready to take on that responsibility? What about when Fido chews up your new shoes or Fluffy gets hair all over your best dress pants? Then what? Will you shuttle them off to the nearest animal rescue with some excuse like "My husband's allergic?"

My point is simply this: Before you rush out and get a new animal as a Christmas gift for someone else, please give it careful consideration. If you decide that a new family pet is the way to go, please consider adopting from a local shelter or rescue organization, rather than buying from a pet store or 'breeder.'  Even purebred dogs, puppies, and kittens find their way into shelters.

The Humane Society of Henderson County

Vanderburgh Humane Society

PAAWS No-Kill Animal Rescue

Warrick Humane Society

Warrick County Animal Control

Bullie Nation Rescue

Another Chance For Animals

Gibson County Animal Services

It Takes A Village Canine Rescue