Is it okay to get a dog during the holidays? Getting a dog is a big decision and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Despite the common “don’t get a dog for Christmas” pleas, the holidays could be a wonderful time to add a new family member.
I believe getting a dog is personal and what is right for one person, isn’t necessarily right for another.
Personally, I think it would be stressful to bring home a new dog during the holidays if you have small children.
However, if you don’t have kids, or have older kids, then a new furry family member might bring more joy than you could imagine. One of the advantages of bringing home a dog during the holidays is time off from work. This would be great to give the dog time to adjust to his new home with you right there.
Having a dog is a big responsibility. Make sure you have the time, energy, and budget to care for your new best friend.
Best Friends Animal Sanctuary is waiving the adoption fees in December for all their senior dogs (and cats.) Here are just a few available senior dogs who would love to be home for the holidays. Photos courtesy of Best Friends Animal Society.
Sprinkles is ready for a home of her own, it will be her first one! She is about ten years old and loves humans. Pringles has a degenerative joint disease and needs to go for short walks. He is highly social and thrives on attention from people and dogs.
The adoption fees for these dogs are waived for December, additionally Best Friends offers a fantastic Senior Special year round as well. No adoption fee for seniors adopting seniors!
If your home is already full, please share these dogs to help get them home.
Regardless of what time of year it is, don’t buy a puppy online or from a pet store. Puppy mills WILL go out of business if people don’t support them.