A shocking 1.3 million people have received pets as presents in 2015 – a 50 percent increase since 2012, a new report by the PDSA has shown.*
The vet charity urges people not to give pets as surprise gifts this Christmas, as findings from its annual PAW Report** highlighted that a lack of pre-purchase research could contribute to pet welfare problems.
Pets taken on with no research may miss out on what they need to lead healthy, happy lives and go on to become stressed, lonely, obese or aggressive, says PDSA.
Commenting, PDSA head of pet health and welfare, and vet, Nicola Martin, said: “PDSA is urging people to think long and hard before giving a pet as a gift. Our research reflects the nation’s love of pets, but receiving one out of the blue means the recipient is unlikely to be prepared for the commitment they will need to make for the lifetime of that animal.
“The novelty can quickly wear off if the owner is not fully committed, leading to pets having their welfare needs neglected or even in some cases being abandoned.”
The PDSA launched its #PawsFirst campaign which highlights the problem of rushing into getting a pet without understanding their needs first.
For more information visit www.pdsa.org.uk/pawsfirst