Christmas marks one of the most joyous times of the year but also fills animal shelters to their brim shortly after the season.

Good gifts at Christmas can range from brand new video games to jewelry to even living animals like puppies and kittens. Getting an animal for a loved one should be well thought out before buying one. This message from Megan Shearer, President of the Humane Society.

"We want to make sure that those animals are going to the right home. So in December, as much as we want animals getting adopted, we are really cautious about where they are going and making sure that they are the right fit," explained Shearer. "Come January, February and March we get those animals back. It's really hard on them to go to a home for a few months, start to get comfortable and then come back to a humane society or shelter and then try to get re-adopted."Megan1Megan Shearer. Photo Submitted.

A good conscience and a well-educated gift giver will do their research on the animal they want to present as a gift as well weigh out the pros and cons of adopting or buying an animal, as it should be a long-term commitment.

"We just really want to make sure that they are going to a home that knows what they are in for," said Shearer. "Especially with puppies. They start to grow up and they start to get big and then people don't realize how much work needs to put into a puppy."

Shearer comments that if you are curious about the readiness of your home to receive a living gift like a puppy or kitten, to head to the Drumheller and District Humane Society and ask someone to go through the pros and cons of adopting or buying this holiday season.

"Make sure that you do want an animal when you are going into this," Shearer stated. "It's always best that you visit an animal more than once when you're wanting to adopt. Don't just go in expecting to adopt. It's good to go in, take a look around and get a feel of what you're wanting. Then go away to think about it, come back and you should know if you want that animal. That's it's the right fit for you."

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