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Even With Christmas Pets, Drop-offs Are Down

Now that Christmas has come and gone, many Texomans are likely getting acquainted with their liveliest presents -- new pets.  But if the animal doesn't get along well with the family, it could end up abandoned.

"That's probably the cruelest thing you can do to your animal," said Cheryl Miller, Manager of Humane of Wichita County.

She says shortly after Christmas each year is when a lot of animals get dropped off.  This year, things are looking up.

"Usually about two weeks is the time frame.  So far the only phone calls that iIve gotten are the ones that they're very pleased with their animals," she said.

By having interviews and letting children and other pets get acquainted with their potential new family member before an adoption takes place, the Humane Society hopes owners can make sure they won't end up changing their minds.  There have been 82 animals adopted from the Humane Society this month.  So far, only one of them has been brought back.

Veterinarians see more Christmas puppies and kittens, too.  Dr. Kathy Sultemeier says December usually has about double the number of clients with new pets than the average month.

"We see a lot, just right before Christmas, you know, getting checked out, and then January's a busy month with puppies and kittens coming in," she said.

Those who are keeping their Christmas pets should look into all the needed vaccines, training, and of course, spaying or neutering the animals.

"Now at this time of year it is time to have your puppy or kitten checked out and make sure they are healthy," Sultemeier said.

If you decide to part ways with your pet, make sure you place them in good hands.

"Hopefully none of them that we've adopted will come back, but we do see drop-offs at this time," Miller said.

She also reminds us that if you adopted a pet from the Humane Society, you signed a contract saying you'll bring the pet back to them if you decide not to keep it.

Spencer Blake, Newschannel 6

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