For those thinking of adopting a pet during the holidays, Greenwich Animal Control Officer Suzanne Carlin reminds residents that pets are always in need of adoption, especially around this time of year.
“We would love to see all the animals find a home for the holidays, but really they need a home for every holiday and every day after that as well,” she said. “Pets are not gifts, they are family. We know, all family members have different personalities, interests, energy levels and specific needs. Animals are no different.”
Carlin noted that pets are a lifelong commitment and a responsibility.
Greenwich animal control encourages those considering getting a pet to do their research.
Important things to consider when adopting:
· family’s lifestyle
· breed needs and requirements
· exercise needs
· cost of food, vet care, grooming
· boarding when away on vacation
· dog walking when at work
· potty training in the winter/snow
If you are thinking of getting a pet and want to surprise someone, then Animal Control recommends wrapping up a pet toy, leash or photo for them to unwrap on the holiday.
This way the whole family is included and can be part of the decision making. Everyone can go together to meet and greet your potential new pet.
Matching up personalities to make sure you have the right fit is essential and reduces the chances of having to return said pet.
Greenwich Animal Control is located near North Street School at 393 North Street Greenwich, CT 06830
Check out Animal Control pets on Petfinder here.
Check out adoptable pets at Adopt A Dog here.
Editor’s note: About an hour away in Verplank, NY is A Good Dog Rescue which is housed in a dog daycare where you can watch adoptable dogs interacting in a group play situation. More dogs on their Facebook page. Located at 260 6th St, Verplanck, NY 10596