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.