Animals as Gifts: Pros and Cons
Gift buying can be a complicated task. Of course, you naturally
want to buy a gift that will be enjoyed, appreciated and remembered.
You want your gift to have impact -- to be a unique gift. In this
regard, you may be wondering whether animals as gifts is a good
idea ... a good plan. Through this article, you will be provided
with the pros and cons of buying animals as gifts.
Animals ... Not Always the Perfect Gift
While It seems like a thoughtful and ďcuteĒ gift, giving animals
is not always a good idea. In fact, there are many more cons than
pros, and most animal welfare societies speak out against the practice.
Aside from the obvious lack of understanding of which animal might
be right for a person, it can cause children to think of the gift
as a toy. This is grossly unfair and cruel to both the child and
the unfortunate animal.
The Novelty of Animals as Gifts ... And, the Responsibility
It is often with animals as it is with toys-the novelty wears off.
You can put toys away in the closet and forget about them, but animals
suffer, starve, and die when neglected. This cruelty is unnecessary,
and could be eliminated through a little more thought by adults.
Animals ... Truly Members of the Family
Think of the animal as a member of the family, and realize you
are adopting, not buying. Think about how you and the children are
going to feel about the animal when itís grown into the adult. A
baby chick will be a chicken. Is your house prepared to raise a
chicken as a pet, and are you, as the adult, ready to handle responsibility
when the child loses interest?
Bunnies and Easter ... Proceed with Caution
Itís the same with rabbits. Bunnies are cute Easter gifts, but
they grow up and are often relegated to a lonely life in the back
yard. Are you prepared to take over when the furry baby grows into
an adult with sharp teeth that could bit your child? Even if the
answer is yes, realize that you are committing years to caring for
a rabbit, chicken, or other novelty animal when make this sort of
Use the Local Animal Shelter
One thing you can do to ward off neglect and cruelty is to choose
the animal as a family. Go to the local shelter, for example, and
shop for a puppy, kitten or other animal that connects with you
and your children. Be responsible, and donít choose an animal for
itís cuteness-cute only goes so far. Choose for personality and
ability to interact with the rest of the family.
Always Remember the Animal ... The Companion Animal
Remember that the animal has no choice in the matter, and imagine
you are choosing a family for the animal as much as choosing the
animal for you. Make it a mutual adoption.