Pet adoption could be the perfect gift this holiday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — If you’re still looking for a special Christmas gift this year, there’s plenty of options at the Humane Society.

Haley and her mom Missy volunteer at the Humane Society every Saturday and just last week is when they decided to adopt a pet of their own.

“We thought, because it’s Christmas, what a better time do it and we’re adopting a little puppy to be a friend for the two year old dog we have at home already,” said Missy Wood.

Her name is as fitting as her adoption – Lucky. She’s just one of 300 adoptions so far for the month of December.

“In December of 2015 we had over 900 adoptions and we are looking to see about that number of adoptions this year as well which is fantastic,” said Gretchen Pressley, the communications manager for the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region.

Despite a lower population of animals in the shelter during the winter months, the holidays can be a perfect time to add a furry family member.

“Studies show there’s actually no increased risk of relinquishment if a dog or cat is given as a gift to a family member,” said Pressley. “That being said, we do recommend that you make sure the person you’re gifting a pet to has shown a sustained interest in owning an animal and that they’re able to care for an animal.”

For the Wood family, Lucky will be an early Christmas surprise for Haley’s younger sister.

“She’s going to be so excited,” said Wood. “Because every Saturday we’re here, we go home and she’s like a new doggy, are we getting a new pet?”

Whether it’s a gift for someone in your own family or for someone else, adopting a pet comes with some extra perks.

“So every adoption comes with a voucher for a veterinarian exam, vaccinations, 30 days of pet health insurance, a micro chip and a spay and neuter,” said Pressley.

“You know when it came down to it, the whole Christmas, the kids will be home for a couple weeks out of school and so that’s a great time to be able to spend some quality time while she’s still a little puppy,” said Wood.

Beginning this Sunday, the Humane Society will be offering a promotion that will apply to adoptions of older cats and dogs in the shelter.

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