If you receive a pet this Christmas, are you ready for the commitment?
That’s a question Hunter Animal Rescue is asking to remind locals that gifting or receiving an animal during this time is more than just a Christmas present, it is a lifetime commitment.
The rescue group is calling on the community to only take an animal on board if they are willing to provide it with an unlimited supply of care and love.
“We, at Hunter Animal Rescue, have never seen an ugly kitten or puppy and fully realise how much they grab your heart in the moment,” President Yvette Phillips said.
“While we are not against the idea of bringing a pet into your life during the festive season, please be sure that you consider them a lifetime commitment.
“Once the holiday period is over and everyone returns to work or school in the new year, please be sure you have decided on a pet that suits your home environment long-term.
“Importantly, from years of experience in rescue, please, no pets as surprise presents.”
Hunter Animal Rescue is hoping it does not experience a spike in rescues in the new year.
The volunteer-run organisation provides love, hope, a home and voice for vulnerable animals in the region through fostering and adoptions.
The service, along with other organisations like the RSPCA, is also calling on the community to adopt instead of shopping for pets if people are ready to make the commitment and welcome animals into their home.
Several Hunter-based pets are available for adoption through the service, including Twiggy the cat and dogs Bonnie and Clyde.
For more information about Hunter Animal Rescue, visit its website.