Do animal shelters get a spike in returned pets in the beginning of the year?-PetsOnBoard.com

Some animal advocates say don’t give pets as gifts, but research shows it’s not a bad idea.Oh, the joy of the holidays, with the possibility of a squirming puppy or fluffy kitten waiting under the Christmas tree. But what happens when house training gets frustrating or an eager child gets bored with his new furry friend?

There’s a long-standing belief that pets given as gifts, particularly around the holidays, often end up in shelters several weeks later. In fact, this belief is so prevalent that some rescue groups discourage such “gift” adoptions around the holidays.

A spokesperson for Dogs and Cats for Rehoming & Rescue Adelaide in Australia takes it a step further, dubbing the spike in rehoming requests after the holidays “the Christmas dumpathon.”

It’s a serious concern, but there’s another side to this story.

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