Adopt, don’t shop

Animal Aid employee Sancha with male husky Pipi, who's almost five years old. 187912

Animal Aid says anyone considering bringing a pet home this Christmas shouldn’t let the holidays put them off – they just need to be prepared.

CEO Mark Menze said holidays were a great time to adopt a new member to the family.

“If you’re not planning on taking an extended holiday away from the home, you may find you have a lot of free time to spend with your new pet to build a strong bond,” he said.

“The weather is great and with the extra daylight hours, exercising your newly-adopted dog will be an enjoyable activity that the whole family can be involved in.”

But Mr Menze suggested checking before adopting or giving a pet as a gift.

“Some people might love animals but not have the time or the ability to care for one,” he said.

“It’s also a good idea to let the person be involved with the selection of their new pet.

“Consider giving them a gift certificate and let them find the perfect pet for themselves.”

Mr Menze said that no matter the time of year, pet adoptees needed to make sure they were ready for a long commitment to care for and love them.

Renters will need to get their landlord’s permission first, and those adopting a cat should check with their local council regarding regulations.

“Please consider adopting your new pet from an animal shelter or rescue group,” Mr Menze said.

“All will have many animals looking for a second chance in a loving home.

“The love they share is the greatest gift of all.”

On our front cover was Animal Aid employee Sancha with male husky Pipi, who’s almost five years old and available for adoption.

Visit Animal Aid at 35 Killara Road, Coldstream, or call 9739 0300.