If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a huge animal lover. I would love nothing more than every animal getting their forever home and no animal feel scared or under threat from a human.
However it always makes me uneasy when animals are given as gifts, especially at Christmas. Christmas is not really the time to introduce a new member to the household. There are many strange smells, ornaments, trees, gifts and often there are visitors not normally in the house and emotions are running high. This is not going to be a relaxing, clam environment to bring an animal into and the animal often gets the blame when things do not go to plan.
I would recommend if you want an animal at Christmas time going to the animal shelter and putting down a deposit to reserve your animal but collecting it after Christmas when things are calmer and time can be devoted to training and looking after the new addition. All reputable shelters should accommodate this.
Yes, it is not just cuddles and cute Instagram photographs! There are many requirements to being a good responsible animal owner. If you feel like you do not have the time or are not sure that an animal is really right for you but you are tired of being pestered then why not look at alternatives.
May be you or the person who wants the animal could volunteer at an animal shelter. I know that this is difficult at the moment due to Covid restrictions but hopefully things will improve soon. Some animal shelters require foster placements for their animals. This should only be done with a lot of consideration as, even though for maybe a short time, the animal will need your full attention and may have medical or behavioural issues.
You could offer to walk a dog for an elderly neighbour or dog and cat sit overnight for somebody. I am sure you would find very grateful recipients for this!
If you do not have the time or have other reasons for not having a pet in the home how about sponsoring?. Many charities have sponsorship of animals and for a fee you will be sent regular updates. Some allow you to go and visit the animal. Here are just a few places but there are so many that please google your local area, especially if you are hoping to visit a few times throughout the year. Prices also vary so please consider this and only choose one you can afford.
Hope this has given you some thought on purchasing a gift sponsorship. I am sure you could find an animal that suits every member of your family and do not forget you!! What animal would you choose to represent the different members of your family or friends? I bet every one has a cheeky monkey in their family!
I would love to know if you sponsor an animal already or if you take up one of the above recommendations. This year, more than ever, your support means the world!
Sparkle Hugs and Glitter Kisses xxx
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