A leader at a local pet adoption facility says you should talk things through with someone before offering to gift a pet at Christmas.
Karen Norling is the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Human Society whose pet adoption center is in Rhinelander....
"...if you're considering giving a pet as a gift, you should make sure that everyone is actually looking for a pet they would like to keep. This time of year, after Christmas, a lot of animals are surrendered because because they were unwanted gifts...."
The Oneida County Humane Society has too many cats. It’s running a discount on adopting adult cats to try and get some of them into homes before the holidays.
“We come in at about eight in the morning, give them their canned food treat…”
Director Bria Swartout leads me into the humane society’s cat community room, where about sixty cats of all colors and sizes share space. About thirty more are down the hall, being checked in or getting medical care. Swartout says the shelter has been over capacity since May.