By Caity in Sales
With the holidays approaching, it may be tempting to want to give a real live furry friend to the child or children in your lives. I know my daughter would leap with joy if Santa left a golden retriever puppy under the tree for her. But thankfully, as Santa says in Christmas Kitten, Home at Last, by Robin Pulver, illustrated by Layne Johnson, “We don’t give pets for Christmas unless parents say it’s OK.” Whew! Thanks, Santa!
If you are considering giving a pet as a gift, there are many questions you need to ask yourself first. Both the ASPCA and the American Kennel Club offer some excellent guidelines. Some of the tips include:
- What kind of a pet is right for you?
- Do you have enough time for training, grooming, exercising?
- Do you have the finances to cover the health and well-being of your pet?
- Do you have enough space in your home?
If you have determined that a pet, and more specifically a cat or a dog, is the perfect holiday gift, then adopting a pet from a shelter is one of the best things you could do. Your family will have a lovable new friend and you will offer a warm and loving home to an animal that really needs one.
Here are some of our favorite Albert Whitman stories about dogs and the families that adopted them from a shelter:
The Christmas Pups by Teresa Bateman, illustrated by John Kanzler
The Buddy Files series by Dori Hillestad Butler
Shelter Dogs: Amazing Stories of Adopted Strays by Peg Kehret
And don’t forget the prequel to Christmas Kitten, Home at Last:
Christmas for a Kitten by Robin Pulver, illustrated by Layne Johnson