The ISPCA stress that pets should never be given as a surprise gift or an impulse purchase any time of year!
If you missed ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelley speaking to Dil Wickremasinghe on Newstalk, you can listen here at the 28 minute mark http://www.newstalk.ie/player/shows/Global_Village/21/15122/20th_December_2014_-_Global_Village_Part_2
Christmas is a joyful time with lots of festive activities and a new pet can sometimes get lost in the chaos. Every year the ISPCA stress that pets should never be bought on a whim or given as a surprise Christmas gift without fully thinking through their decision. Taking on a pet is a long term commitment and the ISPCA suggest potential owners should ensure they have the time and financial resources required to care for their pets responsibly.
Pets should never be an impulse purchase at any time of the year. They are a lifetime commitment and require an investment of both time and money. It is important to research the right pet for you and your household ensuring that you have the time and resources to care for it. We recommend that you visit your local rescue centre or the ISPCA where expert staff will ensure that you and your new pet are a suitable match. Dogs adopted from rescues should also be health-checked, vaccinated, neutered/spayed, microchipped. If you do decide to purchase a puppy, please ensure that it is from a reputable breeder.
Already this year, the ISPCA received over 20,000 calls to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline 1890 515 515 from concerned members of the public reporting cruelty, neglect and abuse.
Unfortunately, in some cases after the excitement of a new arrival wears off, new pets are no longer wanted and can be discarded or abandoned. This can be especially prevalent at Christmas when well-meaning parents give a pet to their children perhaps not realising the commitment required in caring for them and the fact that any pet takes time to adjust to its new surroundings.
If you feel it is the right time for you and your family to get a new pet, check out the ISPCA National Animal Centre, where there are lots of animals all looking for new homes in the New Year. You can visit the Centre Wednesdays – Sundays between 11:30am and 4pm (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day)
As a charitable organisation, the ISPCA relies on public support for approximately 90% of our funds which we receive through donations enabling us to continue our vital work rescuing animals that need our help. Rehabilitation costs are expensive as each animal requires individual. If you can this Christmas, please make a small online donation to support our work http://www.ispca.ie/donate/.
Thanks to the Journal.ie for also highlighting this message
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