Helen Woodward Animal Center’s favorite holiday gifts for pets and pet lovers

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – If you are looking for a gift for someone who loves animals and may or may not already have pets the first thing to remember is it is not a good idea to give someone else a pet as a gift. Pets require care, attention, monetary investment, and you are denying them the opportunity to choose a pet they bond with.

There are many pets that find themselves in shelters after the holidays because they were not a good fit with the gift recipient. Instead of giving someone who wants a pet an actual animal, give them the gift of information. Anyone looking to own a pet for the first time or own a new type of pet has a lot to learn!

Give this person a book on dog and cat breeds, or husbandry of whatever pet they hope of own. This way you are ensuring they are ready for the commitment of owning a pet. Another gift idea for pet owners is positive identification. Pet identification is the best life insurance policy you can give someone. This can mean a microchip, or a collar and tag.

Dr. Patricia Carter shared some of these awesome ideas on Good Morning San Diego.

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