LAFAYETTE PARISH — Lafayette Consolidated Government (LCG) says while gifting animals for Christmas may be done with good intentions, it could be a bad idea.
While it’s heartening and seems harmless, gifting animals as Christmas gifts is sometimes not a good idea, LCG states. Unlike most gifts, pets don’t come with a receipt with the option to return, and some given as gifts inevitably end up back in the shelter.
This is LCG's reasons for reconsidering gifting animals as gifts:
- Pets are part of the family and are a lifetime commitment.
- Pets are a financial commitment. They depend on their owners for food, water, safety, and veterinarian visits.
- If the recipient is a minor, the child’s parents should be able and willing to assume care of the animal.
“We have a shelter full of homeless animals waiting for a new home. We just want to be sure the recipient of your thoughtful gift is ready for the responsibility of owning a pet and it fits their lifestyle,” Lafayette Animal Shelter and Care Center (LASCC) Supervisor Shelley Delahoussaye said.
LCG says instead, give the gift of love and licks with a Fur-tificate which works just like a gift certificate but should only be gifted if someone has expressed an interest in owning a pet and has the ability to responsibly care for one.
The Fur-tificate covers the adoption fee — $35 for dogs and $25 for cats and includes spaying or neutering, up-to-date vaccinations, microchipping, and heartworm testing.
To adopt a cat or dog, call 337-291-5644 or visit www.lafayettela.gov/lascc
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