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Animal Experts Discourage Giving Pets as Holiday Gifts

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We've all seen holiday movies where kids unwrap boxes with holes in them to find a puppy or kitten inside.

But a Monongalia County shelter said pets aren't good presents.

Animal Friends of North Central West Virginia said adopting a pet is something that shouldn't be taken lightly.

The shelter said people need to take their time when getting a pet and make sure they are able to properly care for an animal.

"Does my lifestyle enable me to have a large breed animal, or should I have a small breed one, or should I have an animal at all. So there is a lot of decisions that need to me made before you decide 'oh that's cute, I want one," said Cynthis Lucas, of Animal Friends of North Central W.Va.

The shelter said if you are insistent on getting a pet for a gift, to let the person know your intentions and let them pick out the animal.