Thursday - Sunday February 6-9 2014
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Central Indiana Kennel Club
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Hoosier Kennel Club
As the holidays approach, many families exchange gift lists of what they want for Christmas. The lists are varied and include things such as toys, clothing, electronics and pets.
Many children and adults want that cute puppy or kitten or perhaps a gerbil or other small animal.
Promises are made: I promise I will take care of it, feed it clean up after it etc.
But all too often these promises go by the wayside and the animal is neglected and the parents or another person in the home ends up taking care of the animal.
Worse yet, the pet is dumped outside or taken to a shelter.
Christmas is not the time to give an animal for a gift.
A new pet needs lots of love and attention.
There is too much else going on, the excitement of the other gifts, time with family, FOOD, etc. and often the pet is forgotten or ignored. (This is not always the case, many families take care of the new pet and give it the love and attention it needs and deserves)
If you are considering a pet for Christmas, please consider long and carefully about it. The shelters are overcrowded already and do not need the additional inflow of “Christmas Pets”. Talk to a reputable breeder, visit a shelter, or check into a rescue shelter.
Consider putting off that special gift until after the holidays.
If, after all considerations have been made, you still want to get that pet, here are a few suggestions.
Do NOT buy from a “pet store”. These animals are often from a “puppy mill” and can have serious health and temperament issues.
Do talk to a reputable breeder. These people will sit down with you and help you decide which breed is best suited for your household. They will not sell to you if they feel it would not be a good match.
Do visit a shelter. Many wonderful pets can be adopted from the Humane Society and animal shelters.
Do visit a “rescuer”. They have adopted many abandoned and neglected animals that could use a loving home.
Do visit http://www.akc.org/ for information on breeds, lists of breeders, AKC Star puppy program and more.