Humane Society braces for return of pets bought as Christmas gifts

OCALA, Fla. (WCJB) – Bringing a pet home for the holidays is a common trend on TV and movies, but experts tell TV20 it’s not a good idea.

There are dozens of pets for adoption at the Humane Society of Marion County, but staff members said it takes time for everyone to find their forever home.

“All family members have to meet the dog and we are not allowing here at the Humanitarian Society what we call a gift,” said CEO Edie Leedy.

Leedy said they were doing this to prevent adoptees from being returned to the shelter.

“We try to do our due diligence to make sure our adoptions are good adoptions and decrease the likely risk that one of these animals will come back to us,” Leedy said.

But not all shelters are the same. They said animals from other shelters or stores are often delivered to the humanitarian company during the holidays.

“Usually, if we have the space and the room, we take these animals in, totally control them, microchip them and then put them up for adoption,” Leedy said. “Every animal adopted by the Humane Society must be spayed or neutered, microchipped and then up to date with their rabies vaccines and vaccines.”

So, before adopting a pet, know exactly what you are getting into because it is a lifelong commitment.

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