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Published December 22, 2012, 04:14 PM

Think before giving a pet as a holiday gift

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Many people think surprising a loved one with a pet is a perfect holiday gift.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Many people think surprising a loved one with a pet is a perfect holiday gift.

But animal shelters say there's a lot of things to consider before picking up pets. It's important to make sure a person is ready for the responsibility first. There are several costs involved in having a pet, such as getting them spayed or neutered, buying food, toys, bedding, and of course future vet bills.

Some may want to wait until after the holiday season.

Arlette Moen, Circle of Friends Dir., says, "just be aware of your responsibility, if you are prepared for a pet at that time and can keep the pets as stress free as possible. If your lifestyle is not terribly active around this time of year, then certainly bring a pet into your home."

Employees say as an alternative, you could purchase a gift certificate, or offer to pay the adoption fee.

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