Giving a pet as a gift during the holiday season is common, and as long as the receiver is prepared for the significant, long-term responsibility, it is an excellent idea. Not only does pet adoption save the life of an animal, but it also offers a loyal companion. Plus, many studies show that owning a pet reduces stress and even improves a person's health.
If you are considering a pet as a gift, some area animal shelters feature holiday specials in which adoption fees, not typically large anyway, are trimmed. For example, the Central Oklahoma Humane Society (7500 N. Western Avenue) has "12 Days of Cat-Mas" through Christmas Eve. During that time, adoptions are absolutely free for cats 6 months and older, just $12 for kittens. Also, fees for dogs are $25, a significant savings over the normal charge to cover spay/neuter, de-worming, vaccinations, flea/tick treatment, microchip and snap test.
Do you know of another nearby shelter offering adoption specials for the holidays? Let us know in the comments below.
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