The Regina Humane Society is in a manageable situation heading into the holiday season.
At last update, the home for the holidays campaign has been able to find 145 pets a new home, with their goal being 165.
Spokesperson Bill Thorn said despite a recent push to avoid getting a pet for your family, it’s still something worth doing.
“The holidays can be a really good time to bring a pet into the house, whether it’s a gift or not,” Thorn said. “The kids are off school, Mom and Dad maybe are off work for a little bit, so you’ve got an extended period of time where you can spend some time with the new animal and get used to everyone together.”
Thorn said there are ways of gifting pets that are a little easier than the traditional way of doing so.
“We even have a certificate you can download and print off, where you can put it in the card on Christmas morning, and it basically says ‘I’m going to give you a pet for Christmas, when the time is right I’ll go with you to the Humane Society and I’ll pay for the adoption fees,'” Thorn said. “It can work out quite well.”
Thorn said if you plan on gifting a pet to someone, it’s not a terrible idea to spoil the surprise in order for those people to prepare.
“It’s a life-long commitment for the pet, cats, dogs can live 10, 15, 20 years or more in some cases, so it is a long term commitment,” Thorn said. “That person needs to be prepared for that in all ways; both financially, the type of life style they’ve got.”
Thorn added the Humane Society hardly sees returning pets from Christmas adoptions.