A new puppy under the tree: advice for giving animals as pets

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ)-If you are considering giving a loved one a pet for the holidays, there are a few things to keep in mind.

According to the Woodford County Humane Society, would-be pet givers should remember that pets are a commitment and can be a life-long addition a family.

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It’s important to get all food and supplies in advance.

Katie Offman, executive director for the Woodford County Humane Society, says parents should be prepared to do most of the work after their children unwrap their new furry friends.

“Obviously, we want to think that our kids are going to help out and do those potty breaks and do the feedings, but ultimately that responsibility falls to the parents. They need to be prepared for the fact that their kids may not be as involved in the care as they’re expecting them to be and that they need to be ready to step in and take that role,” Offman says.



Finally, it’s important to note that a surprise pet may not always be the best option.

It may be a better idea to take your loved one to the humane society or pet store to choose their own animal.