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Pets should not be given as unplanned gifts


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POSTED: Thursday, September 17, 2009

Question: We're thinking of giving my grandmother a pet as a gift for her birthday to keep her company. Are there any concerns?

Answer: The Hawaiian Humane Society believes that animals should be placed as lifetime companions, and opposes the adoption of an animal as an unplanned gift for an individual who is unaware of the adoption. Each circumstance is unique. Pets should be chosen thoughtfully according to the expectations and lifestyle of your grandmother as well as the animal's individual needs. This is why the Humane Society also doesn't endorse pets as prizes and giveaways. Owners must be ready for the commitment of care and costs that come with the long-term responsibility of caring for another life.