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Griffith City Council is reminding residents that giving pets as Christmas presents can be a great idea, but one which requires a long-term commitment.

Council’s Acting Director Sustainable Development Carel Potgieter said a new pet is not a decision to be taken lightly.

“Buying or adopting a new pet is a life choice. Sometimes people get caught up in the moment and then realise they cannot spare the time needed to look after a pet,” Mr Potgieter said.

“There is often the situation where pets are purchased as a present for relatives or friends who do not want them or find the pets unsuitable.

“The only time you should buy a pet for someone is if they have chosen the animal themselves and you are simply buying it for them.”

The Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre typically see a spike in people looking to surrender animals in the weeks following Christmas.

If you are considering adding a pet to your family this holiday season, make sure you consider matching the breed of dog to your lifestyle. For those who have done their research, adopting a pet is a great way to help a dog or cat find a new home.

“Pet ownership is deeply rewarding, but it is important to take into consideration all factors when it comes to adding a pet to your family,” Mr Potgeiter said.

“If you don’t think you can manage a new family member long term, please do not buy or adopt a pet – pets are for life, not just for Christmas.”

Enquiries and appointments can be made by contacting 6962 8100 during business hours. You can keep up to date with animals available for adoption by visiting the Griffith Pound and Rehoming Centre’s Facebook page.