Tyler, Texas — Putting a furry friend under the tree with a big bow on it sounds like a cute idea, but animal experts tell KETK— its not.
Gayle Helms from the Humane Society of East Texas says, "It's a long term commitment, and a lot of people don't realize that."
The holiday season can be stressful, and that goes for animals too. Helms says, "To bring a puppy into that environment or a kitten it's so stressful for them anyway, they're coming into an environment they know nothing about."
Helms says new puppies have to be house broken, and they take a lot of time, and you have to be there for them to let them in and out when they need it, or you may end up with a mess, "You can't hold your bowls all day long and so theses puppy's and kittens they need an opportunity to come in and out."
Helm's says puppies and kittens need extra attention and love, and the holidays can be hectic and you can forget about the animal you get as a gift, "A new puppy or kitten is really gonna be over looked with all the other toys and gadgets that the kids are getting."
But if you do decide to get an animal this Christmas as a gift, Mechele Mills, President and CEO of the East Texas Better Business Bureau says to make sure to do your homework, "There are a lot of fake websites out there, for people that are promoting the sale of pets. And a lot of people don't even get the pets once they're ordered them, they basically just take your money and run."
A lot of the times people will get pets as presents for Christmas and they will just end up right back at the animal shelter before New Years, so choose wisely.