For most of us, there’s always at least one person on our holiday gift-giving list that has us completely stumped.

However, if in a flash of brilliance you decide what that person needs is a four-legged companion (ie something that barks or purrs), please STOP.

That cute ball of fur may warm the holiday season, but there is little guarantee it will really be the gift of the century unless you know for sure, without a doubt, there’s no hesitation you have a viable Plan B if the gift needs to be rehomed.

I’ve never received a puppy or kitten as a present.

Christmas Puppy

However, as the Mom of three I’ve had many dogs and cats suddenly change their address to my house because my child is moving, getting married, leaving the country, has a boyfriend/girlfriend who doesn’t like animals, is just too busy to care for anything other than themselves.

The list may be endless, but the solution was Mom’s house.

Likewise when you give a gift of love that requires feeding, care and responsibility, please be sure you’ve also realize that gift may someday be living with you.

If that is not an option for you, then change the gift list for that person to something else.

The television and news ads will also show children getting a puppy or kitten for Christmas.

If that child lives in your house, all of us in rescue hope you have made a silent commitment to yourself that the gift has found a home and will not be returned to the rescue/shelter/breeder/craig’s list/neighbor – it will be your responsibility too.

This is the season of love, hope, holidays, families, memories, traditions and gift-giving and making the right choice is not always easy.

But, making the wrong choice can result in a gift being returned.

There’s a huge difference between returning a gift to Target, Macy’s, et al and returning an animal.

Write your list, check it twice, then make the right decision if it involves a pet.

Happy Christmas Shopping