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Cedar Valley Humane Society warns against giving pets for holiday gifts

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is warning against adopting pets for Christmas gifts this holiday season.{ }

The Cedar Valley Humane Society is warning against adopting pets for Christmas gifts this holiday season.

They say interest in adoption is high this time of year, but often times when animals are purchased for gifts, they wind up back at the animal shelter months later.

"As a policy, we never adopt a pet out as a gift. We want everyone in the family to be involved with meeting the animal and making sure it's the right fit, because if it's not the right fit with everyone in the family, it can end up being a problem where the animal comes back and we're looking to find the animals forever homes where it can stay and be comfortable," says John Bright of the Cedar Valley Humane Society.

Often times the long-term costs associated with owning a pet exceed what is expected when you consider veterinary care, food, and other supplies.

"Even though you're paying for the initial adoption, you're giving them a lot of financial burdens," says Bright, "It's typical to spend about $1,000 on a new animal when you adopt them just in the first year."

The Cedar Valley Humane Society says if you are interested adopting a pet, buyers must go through the normal adoption process.

That includes having all family members, and in some cases, other family pets, meet the animal before taking it home.

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