Don’t return your pet to a shelter during the holidays: Ways to get help

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Tis’ the Season to be jolly, unless you are one of hundreds of animals across the country that are brought to animal shelters around the holidays. All over the nation, animal shelters report a very large increase in the number of pets dropped off right before the holidays and into the New Year. Many of these animals are even returned to the same shelters that they were adopted from originally! Shelter operators feel that the reason for this spike in abandonment is two-fold; either a financial inability to care for the pet after gifting the pet without a plan to care for it, or an inability to plan family holiday vacations around the care of the new animal.  Either way, these poor animals get a new family and get attached to that family, only to be sent packing right before the holidays or soon after.  Besides the emotional trauma to the animals, this causes a severe strain on shelters around the country. (more…)