Sound Advice on Pets as Gifts

Should you give a pet as a holiday gift?

Some people say the answer is "no." The Humane Society of Helena, Montana, recently discouraged giving pets as gifts, according to a recent news story. says that if you are giving or getting a pet as a gift, some significant upfront planning can help make the experience a good one for both you and the pet. Click here to read more. has four rules you should follow regarding pets as gifts.

The preponderance of opinion is that pets as gifts should be thoroughly thought through in advance and precautions taken to ensure good care for the pet. And that is squarely in line with guidance from the ASPCA, as reported in JAVMA.