Local animal shelter sees an increase in pet adoptions; weeks later an increase in surrenders


Toys, new tech gadgets, and jewelry are among some of the most popular gifts during Christmas but what if you woke up to a brand new pet waiting for you under the tree? 

“My husband kept saying what do you want for Christmas and I kept saying another dog,” said Kathy Hebert. 

and that’s just what she’s going to get, because Hebert just adopted Molasses  from the Souris Valley Animal shelter. 

“Her name is Molasses right now I don’t know what it will be in the future we have to kind of see her personality,” said Hebert. 

She’s not alone in taking a pet home for Christmas this holiday season. 

“Families are always looks for pets to take home to surprise the kiddos on Christmas, weather it’s a dog or a cat, fish a turtle any of the pets we have, they typically get adopted in the month of December,” said Shelbi Waters, director of development for the Souris Valley Animal Shelter.  

But, just a few weeks later the shelter sees those animals and others being surrendered.

Waters says it’s simply because people are so caught up with trying to surprise their family members that they forget the true commitment they have to make. 

“Before you make that decision just really know if that pet is a really good fit for your family,” said Waters. 

Before taking a pet home try visiting with the animal a couple of times and make sure it gets along with the whole family. 

Pets cost money so make sure your wallet can also handle them, and be patient. 

Sparky won’t be able to jump through hoops in a day. 

“Their true personalities don’t shine through when they’re stuck in a cage day after day so you really have to get them home and let them realize that they are safe and this is their home from now on,” said Hebert.

Careful thinking will go a long way and in the end you and your new pet will both be happy. 

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