Don’t Put Animals Under the Tree–They’re Family!

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Norfolk, Virginia.And December 15 2021 /PRNewswire/ – Animal shelters across the country — already inundated with abandoned “pandemic puppies” — will soon face another crisis: Every January, shelters see a surge in numbers of unwanted dogs and cats given out as Christmas gifts to people Those turned outside, were unable or unwilling to take care of them. That’s why PETA advises people urgently Not To buy animals as gifts.

PETA asks everyone to remember these points:

  • Animals are a lifelong commitment. Many people who receive them as gifts end up not being willing or able to exercise and train them at home, give them all the patience and attention they need to be properly socialized, and pay for food, accessories (such as toys, grooming supplies, leashes, belts, bedding), vaccinations and other veterinary care .
  • Children may not be ready. Young children may inadvertently harm or harm animals when they play with them, and parents who unrealistically expect a child to take responsibility for the animal’s care may end up delivering the animal to a shelter or other home once the child fails to provide that care or loses the benefit.
  • There are few happy endings. In addition to unwanted dogs and cats being left in animal shelters, countless people end up being abandoned on the streets to fend for themselves or are leashed or confined outside 24/7 – neglected and alone for the rest of their lives.
  • Wait until the holidays are over. Families willing to commit to caring for an animal of over 16 should wait until the festive bustle calms down and then head together to their local animal shelter to find the perfect dog or cat.

PETA Senior Vice President says Dafna Nakhminovich. “Animal shelters are already reeling from the effects of the pandemic, and PETA says animals never give them as gifts and never buy them from fanciers or pet stores at any time of the year.”

There are about 70 million homeless dogs and cats in the United States at any given time. An estimated 10% of them end up in animal shelters, where many must eventually be killed for reasons including injury, disease, old age, emotional or psychological damage, and a lack of good homes. That’s why PETA encourages everyone to adopt animals from shelters and never buy them from breeders or pet stores, exacerbating the crisis of overpopulation for homeless animals.

PETA’s new Public Service Announcement “Dogs Are Not Toys or Holiday Gifts” is available here.

PETA—whose slogan reads, in part, that “animals are not for us to abuse in any way”—opposes species theory, a worldview that transcends humankind. For more information, please visit the website or follow the group TwitterAnd Facebook social networking site, or Instagram.

SOURCE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)


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