Finding Homes For Pets During The Holidays

DogMany shelters employees have mixed feelings over families adopting animals during the holidays. They feel that people will make an impulse adoption and will then later return the animal back to the shelter after the holidays.

But Mike Arms, president and CEO of the Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California, says why not to animal adoptions during the holidays. He said that some shelters even close their doors during the holidays to prevent adoptions, but he disagrees with this and said that regardless if shelters are open or not, people will continue to get pets during the holidays.

Arms added, “All these people are going to get a pet anyway. If shelters close their doors – they are only leaving themselves out as an option. The public will get pets where they can, from backyard breeders or pet stores. Now, you have an impulse purchase about to happen, which is exactly what you don’t want. Most shelters today screen people, so not all pets are adopted to all families. There’s a great deal of effort to match the lifestyle of the family with a pet’s personality. The backyard breeders and the pet stores are all about their love of the buck.”

After his years of experience, Arms noticed that animals adopted around the holidays are less likely to be returned to the shelter.

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3 Responses to “Finding Homes For Pets During The Holidays”

  1. Tanya says:

    This “no holiday adoption” is just stupid. Most people are ok to good pet parents, and they don’t do that much on impulse. On the other hand, those prone to impulse buying of a pet will do it regardless of the season.

    My dad bought me a kitten on my birthday when i was like 10 - just like most daddys will do, as a impulse since i wanted one. we kept her till she was killed by a car (this was the 70’s and few of us even considered what i now use as “rule” which is “indoor kitty only”).

    Some people buy houses they can’t afford, buy bunnies that grow up into real rabbits, buy computers that do way more than they “need”, and are in general stupid and unthinking. But that is not “most” of us, and not adopting out your animals over the holidays isn’t a fix, and doesn’t mean that these impulse people won’t just go to a pet store to get a kitten or puppy (and likely feed the puppy mill world).

  2. jc says:

    I adopted my current puss a few days before the holidays, because I knew I had two weeks off from work. This meant I could be around to get the cat used to our other critters(two dogs that were petrified of him) and where he could and could not be in the house. This worked out really well in the end, once t he dog and puss feathers settled down.

    The cat learned to to be part of our family and even goes on walks with me and the dogs, but don’t tell the cats in the neighborhood that;-)

  3. The Lioness says:

    I think keeping shelters open over the Holidays is a good thing and will go a long way toward educating people about homeless animals, as well as diverting funds away from ByBs and puppy/kitten mills.

    I support keeping them open.

    Times are changing.

    ~The Lioness

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