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Consider Christmas pets-as-gifts carefully

Posted: Thursday, Dec 13th, 2012

Hannah Jech, a volunteer at the Brookings Regional Humane Society, shows off Goofy, a 10 1/2-week-old neutered male lab mix up for adoption. The BRHC has a variety of both dogs and cats, of a variety of ages, and both males and females, that are available for adoption. Photo by John Kubal/Register

Four-legged fur-balls not a good surprise

BROOKINGS Surprise gifts at Christmas are a crapshoot: a Rolex watch would likely be welcomed with joy and gratitude, be kept and it might become a family heirloom; a new puppy or kitten, maybe but not as likely.

Sure, a cute and cuddly canine or furry feline will likely be loved and doted on initially by youngsters in a family. But unlike a Rolex, a Christmas-present pet needs to be planned for carefully by both giver and getter.

Bottom line: avoid surprise Christmas presents that come with fangs and claws and that have bodily disposal functions that without training can be exercised in inappropriate places. Where a pet is to be gifted, both giver and receiver must accept what that entails.

"Very much so," said Wanda Gibson, assistant director at the Brookings Regional Humane Society. "They need to understand that it's a lifelong commitment."

Contact John Kubal at jkubal@-brookingsregister.com.

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