After the excitement of the holidays are over, many Christmas pets go back to the shelter.
- Instead, the shelter should put a program together to prevent dogs coming back to their shelter
- Encourage families to come and volunteer their time socializing the puppies (or go down to the shelter as a family unit later in the day)
- Have a local artist paint holiday ornaments of the dogs in the shelter, and the money for the ornaments can go back to support the shelter.
- Related: The ornament could be a "we will get a dog in the new year, but we are all going to meet the dog" placeholder present.
- Buy a round of dog training classes and give that as a gift - then in the weeks after the holidays, the family can go meet dogs from reputable sources.
- Can't have a dog but want one? Donate to your local shelter.
- Not sure if your kids would be responsible enough for a dog? Go as a family to walk dogs at the shelter once a week. If they aren't into it after a month, then you've dodged a bullet (and helped some dogs get some exercise!) If they continue to look forward to dog walking day, you can consider foster-to-adopt through the shelter.
Exnay on the Ristmas Cay Uppy Pay.
Lastly, you can always do this, instead: