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Local pet shelter shares tips on adopting during the holidays

Posted at 5:43 PM, Dec 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-26 23:43:28-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Cats, dogs and other animals are finding homes for the holidays as people take up adoptions, either for themselves or for others.

As much as you might want to take this furball home, adopting pets during the holidays comes with caution.

"You just really want to evaluate what is the most appropriate and suitable animal to fit into your home," said Erika Leckington, the director of Tallahassee Animal Services.

Tallahassee Animal Services says it doesn't recommend getting pets as presents.

"Oftentimes, they go out and pick an animal for someone else that might not be suitable for that someone else," said Leckington. "So, it's really important if somebody is looking for an animal to adopt, that they come in themselves."

Director Erika Leckington says timing is everything, urging people not to find replacement pets for those who've lost an animal recently.

"You need to give them the respect and consideration for bringing on a member of the family that could live 15 or 20 years," said Leckington.

And if you do end up taking one of these guys home, get ready for all the costs that come with them.

"You're going to need supplies," said Leckington. "You know, for cats, litter boxes and food and scratch posts and that sort of thing -- and with dogs, we always advise that they go through basic manners classes, so that they become a well-established and respectful member of your family."

The shelter says if you're interested in adopting on their pets, you might want to consider fostering one.

You can find out how to adopt or foster through Tallahassee Animal Services here