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Should I Give a Pet as a Gift?

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Give a Pet in the Form of a Certificate. Most people, even children, prefer to choose their own pet based on the connection they feel upon meeting an animal. Adoption is a highly personal experience. A gift certificate for a local animal shelter, or from a local breeder, would allow the gift recipient to “interview” for the companion animal that best suits them, and would better ensure an optimal bonding experience.

It’s all in the Timing. Baby animals especially need comforting in the first weeks of being brought into a home. Therefore, it probably isn’t wise to thrust a new pet upon your friend without so much as a warning. A pet certificate allows them to get ready, and makes the adoption process an unhurried and calming experience. Pets need to bond with their new family and learn the household schedule. This takes, time, patience, and love.

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12:37PM PST on Dec 28, 2013

No! Thanks for Sharing.

4:05AM PDT on Jun 29, 2013

never,thank you for sharing 29/6

1:59AM PST on Jan 23, 2013

NO and NEVER...a person can pick out their own pet and should,always.

11:51PM PST on Jan 3, 2013

ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! Shared on Facebook.

5:46AM PST on Jan 2, 2013

This is absolutely a NO

6:15AM PST on Dec 26, 2012

thanks for sharing

7:40PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Not a good idea.

7:39PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Not a good idea.

6:58PM PST on Dec 25, 2012

Only if the party getting the pet wants the pet and it's talked about, or if parent(s) give it to their kids knowing the responsibilities of the pet. Never get pets without knowing exactly what you are in for.

8:49PM PST on Dec 23, 2012

PLEASE PLEASE NEVER GIVE AN ANIMAL TO ANYBODY FOR ANYTHING IT'S A VERY VERY BAD IDEA PLEASE DON'T EVER DO IT NO! NO! O!

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