TWIN FALLS, Idaho — Magic Valley animal shelter workers encourage the general public to think about the duties that observe in gifting a furry pal for the vacations.
Brittney Sterling, a technician on the Jerome Animal Shelter, encourages individuals to get artistic by giving the present recipient a stuffed animal and suggesting they go pick their endlessly pet. This permits the animal’s new proprietor to have a say in who they welcome into their residence.
“A family member might have an idea of what they think another person wants in an animal, but they truly have no idea,” Sterling mentioned. “And the bond between a person and an animal is very deep and is special.”
Twin Falls Animal Shelter Executive Director Debbie Blackwood mentioned it’s an exquisite factor to offer animals a house. But before buying an animal, Blackwood mentioned individuals ought to ask themselves one query.
“Is that person in a position to accommodate the needs of an animal?”
Followed by, “can they manage a pet? Do they have time? Do they have the resources to buy its food and can you take it out for walks? Do they have the medical budget for it,” Blackwood mentioned.
There are many issues to think about as a result of animals reside issues who require a good quantity of expense and duties. In 2021, animal shelters skilled a rise in owner-pet surrenders, which made it troublesome for shelters to offer each animal with an area of their amenities.
Adopting pets from an animal shelter requires endurance and transferring animals from a shelter to a distinct setting could be irritating as they regulate to a brand new routine and setting.
“When people adopt a dog from me the first thing I tell them is ‘treat it like it’s a puppy, like it knows absolutely nothing.’ Take it out every hour to go to the bathroom, have structured training time every day and keep them on a very consistent schedule,” Sterling mentioned.
With the vacations right here, gift-givers are inspired to assume in a long-term mindset and embrace the potential pet proprietor within the technique of discovering their furry pal a endlessly residence.