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#1 Puggie

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 07:14 PM

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#2 ClaireBear

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:40 PM

Not personally. I wouldn't do it either especially not without a lot of prior discussion.

However, I once taught in a school in a very low socio economic area and it was a really popular thing to do. Maybe because every other week atleast one kid had a pet with an unwanted litter. It used to do my head in listening to them talk about how they were going to let their dog/cat/rabbit/whatever have x more litters so they could make x money.

I fully support what this store is doing!
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 08:49 PM

I think that the store is doing something very smart.

I've received a pet as a gift - it was a goldfish, and I went with them to buy it.
I've never received any other sort of pet as a gift, and I think I would be shocked and uncomfortable if I was given one in any circumstance other than the way you've described Puggie - nuclear family after discussion.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:08 PM

Very responsible of the shop. Thankfully no one I know would be stupid enough to buy a pet for someone else unless they knew it was very wanted and the right time. It's really like giving someone another family member... Such a thoughtless thing to do.

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Posted 12 December 2012 - 09:27 PM

I have for a birthday present from my ex boyfriend and my housemate one year. I went with them and picked him out from the Lost dogs home . My kitty cat is now 11 years old.

I have friends that work at the Lost dogs home and they get really busy after christmas with all the fireworks over new years and then the influx of dumped pets. This doesn't just include those unwanted christmas gifts but dogs and cats dumped because they don't fit in with holiday plans.
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Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:07 PM

My little Tully girl was a xmas gift but pre planned smile.gif

When working at the RSPCA many years ago we would always have a huge influx of animals in January.
It is actually a very common thing. Parents buy for the kids and by end of Jan mum is sick of looking after it, or the animal is going through the "not so cute after baby stage" and they end up dumped.
Just happens to also be in the height of kitten/puppy season as well which leads to far more animals being euthanised for the smallest of reasons because there just isnt enough room.
Doesnt help that many pet stores do still promote puppies and kittens as great christmas gifts.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:30 AM

QUOTE(Kriss @ Dec 12 2012, 10:27 PM) View Post

I have friends that work at the Lost dogs home and they get really busy after christmas with all the fireworks over new years and then the influx of dumped pets. This doesn't just include those unwanted christmas gifts but dogs and cats dumped because they don't fit in with holiday plans.


When we finally moved into a house this January and could have a dog, this is what we did. Ours was found wandering, was microchipped and the owners could not be contacted so we assume he was dumped. 2yo beautifully behaved blue heeler.

Never have received a pet as a gift though but if we were planning to get one and it just happened to be around a birthday or Christmas it would probably become a gift. Would never buy one for others though.


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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:52 AM

No, thank goodness. What this store is doing is very smart and I hope it sets a precedent.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:42 PM


Yes, I've received pets as a gift, but it was either requested or planned.

My cat was an anniversary present from my ex Fiance. He's my little man, and saw me through that breakup, other relationships, my DH, and my children. wub.gif

We gave my FIL a chook last Christmas, and my sister is buying 2 chooks for my DDs this Christmas, but they've all been requested/wanted.

I think it is great that a pet store is speaking out about the realities of giving pets for Christmas and what often happens.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 01:18 PM

When I was little we had an aquarium stocked with tropical fish. On the odd Christmas that there was room we got a couple of new fish - I particularly remember some 'kissing fish', which were awesome but kept eating the guppies! They didn't come wrapped under the tree though, like you see those puppies pounce out of the gift wrap.

We are waiting on a kitten and, if she's ready to come home for Christmas, then awesome! Best present ever! But she is very much longed for and a full family decision to get.

We are also helping my SIL accumulate enough 'vouchers' to get a Burmese kitten as hers both left us in their old age this year. The timing isn't quite right but she can't afford the breed otherwise and they definitely want one within the next couple of years. It makes a convenient an appreciated gift when I can't think of anything else - but the timing and choosing the kitten will be entirely down to her and her husband.

Any other scenario seems quite ridiculous!

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 05:09 PM

I love what this petshop is doing. In the UK pet shops are not allowed to keep anything that doesn't usually live in a cage/tank, so nothing bigger than a rabbit basically. If you want a cat or dog you go to a registered breeder if you want a pure breed. Or if not to a rescue centre or you get home bred pup/kitten from adverts in papers like gumtree etc although this last option is generally discouraged by the RSPCA and other such agencies in an attempt to stop people from letting their pets get pregnant accidentaly or forcing them to have litter after litter.

I was horrified when I first came over here and saw puppies & kittens stuck in those little glass boxes day after day sad.gif Its just so much more likely that they will become an impulse buy in situations like that and therefore are correspondingly that much more likely to get dumped later because it has not been properly thought through and they've discovered that its harder work/more expensive etc than they imagined standing there in the pet store.

All our cats have been rescue and the only dog my family purchased in my lifetime came from a kennel club registered breeder. I see no problem with a pet as a gift if like others have said it is a thought out, planned decision.
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Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:18 PM

I have the same views as those mentioned above. My partner and I gave each other animals as our birthday presents to each other last year. It was thought out and when we get animals they are always under the proviso that they are 'forever' pets. If they are a handful (as one turned out to be) than u work through those issues as u would your own child.

I agree with what the UK has done in terms of sales for animals. Dogs and cats should be kept out of pet stores. Should u want a particular breed than u get that breed from a registered breeder regardless of the cost. If u don't want to do this than purchase one from a shelter.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:09 PM

I was given animals as gifts as a child (a mouse and a rabbit) but they were both very much wanted and well loved.

The pet shop is doing something very sensible. The local pet shop that sold puppies and kittens has recently closed down, and the biggest animal the others sell is a rabbit.

We had Dalmatians growing up, and I remember there being a massive influx of dumped Dalmatians after the movie came out. People thought the puppies were incredibly cute (which they are!) but didn't realise they're quite hard work.

A pet is a big commitment, and they need serious consideration before you give one to someone.

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Posted 13 December 2012 - 08:37 PM

I got quite a few pets as presents when I was a kid, but they were all well loved. My family would never dream of dumping a pet - we're the ones who took on all the unwanted rabbits and guinea pigs from people we knew. Even the dog we had for most of my childhood was the pedigree puppy that belonged to the neighbours of my aunt and uncle, who got rid of him when he chewed shoes (which he never did with us anyway!) Most of the gift pets I got were from my parents, the rest were from other relatives, who I assume cleared it with my parents first.
I would never give an animal unless I was sure it was wanted and would be well loved.


Since Pets Paradise went out of business, the two stores nearest me have been taken over by a shelter (weirdly not a local one) so all the pets are rescue animals.
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Posted 14 December 2012 - 09:09 AM

Good lord yes! It's the same with cats. There are some really irresponsible breeders out there. Some don't ever bother going out of the state/town for the stud or queen so they keep breeding the same line - resulting in kittens with all sorts of health problems. Haemophilia is not uncommon. Makes me quite angry.

When I was growing up my dad used to breed welsh springers and we had a pet afghan hound. All our dogs were pets first and formost and the bitches had just two litters each. They were all house pups, well loved and exercised. In fact, we were hopeless! We kept keeping a pup or two we were so attached to them. Thank heavens I grew up in the country.




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