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Idaho Humane Society reminding families to think before adopting a pet for Christmas

Posted at 8:56 AM, Dec 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-11 10:56:29-05

BOISE, Idaho — Adding a furry friend to your family this Christmas may seem like the perfect present, but the Idaho Humane Society is asking everyone to think twice before surprising loved ones.

Bringing an adoptable pet home for the holidays can be a good idea, but you want to make sure the recipient is ready for everything a new pet entails. From time to feeding to grooming and more, pets can be a lot for one person or even an entire family. IHS says they see an uptick in returns in January after pets are adopted during the holiday season. Remember, it's a lifetime commitment when you adopt a pet.

As the temperatures drop, IHS is also reminding pet owners to check their pet's paws as snow melt can damage their paw pads. Animals with shorter hair will likely need a sweater before they go outside. It's also recommended to bring your animals inside if it's very cold or make sure they have a well-insulated area to stay out of the wind if they're outside. Make sure outside animals also have access to fresh water that isn't frozen over.

IHS recently opened its new facility on Bird Street, just off Overland Road. The facility has new hours. You can find more information here. You can also check out adoptable pets from IHS here or follow along on social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.