When doing your holiday shopping this season it may seem like a good idea to get your family a new pet, but there are some important things to remember before making that commitment.
Doddridge County Humane Society Director Betty Curtis said that animals adopted as presents don't always work out.
"We believe that any animal purchased as a gift other than maybe to a family member ends up being thrown out or left as a stray. They'll take them and dump them somewhere and they'll end up in animal shelters like ours," said Curtis.
To prevent that the Doddridge County Humane Society has a contract that says a pet can't be purchased as a present.
"It says animals adopted are adopted as household pets and companions. Animals cannot be adopted as gifts, and animals should not be given away or sold to other individuals," explained Curtis.
Curtis said that animals can however be adopted as gifts for family members, but it's important to do your research before purchasing one.
"You've got to remember whether you have children or not is that animal going to be compatible with a child. If you get a kitten or puppy what is it going to be like when it gets older and will the family be able to maintain and take care of it," said Curtis.
Curtis said it's also important to visit your new pet before it's adopted.
"We would prefer that they make several trips here if they can and they live close that they make several trips and walk the dog, or play with the kitten to make sure that's the one they want," Curtis explained.
For more information on the Doddridge County Humane Society and the animals it has available click here.