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Pets for Christmas is Not a Good Idea

VERMILION COUNTY -- Animal Control officials say all they want for Christmas is an empty shelter with all the animals in good homes.

But, giving a pet as a gift may not be such a good idea.

The director of the Vermilion County Animal Shelter says she does not suggest buying a pet as a surprise Christmas gift.

She reports animals are often returned after the holiday because they were not the right fit for the family.

Instead, make the decision to get a pet for the holidays as a family or use a gift certificate.

Director Paige Brown says, "A gift certificate is a much better option because, truly, you need to come and interact with that animal.  You need to be in the room with them and make sure that's a good fit.  Some people think a puppy is a great idea when really an older dog may be a better option with your family's situation."

The shelter also reminds people that more animals are in due to the cold temperatures.

If you would like to adopt an animal this season, cats are sixty dollars or you can get two cats for one-hundred and ten dollars at the Vermilion County Animal Shelter.

ABC NewsChannel 15's Heather Good Reports