Roxy and Bonny Heit at Kingaroy RSPCA
Roxy and Bonny Heit at Kingaroy RSPCA Katherine Morris

RSPCA responds to families giving pets as Christmas presents

RSPCA is reminding people this Christmas that owning a pet is a long-term commitment and not just a feel good present on Christmas morning.

Kingaroy RSPCA acting manager, Bonny Heit suggested families thinking of purchasing a pet this Christmas to make sure they are prepared prior to the purchase.

"We understand Christmas is a very commercial time of the year but we still need to promote responsible pet ownership,” she said.

While a cute puppy or kitten would make your childrens' hearts smile on Christmas Day, it is important to look beyond the holiday period.

"You have to be able to have them as part of your day-to-day life,” Ms Heit said.

The RSPCA manager invited families contemplating a new family pet to come along to the animal shelter and visit the many suitable pets available for adoption.

"We get lots of animals year round,” she said.

"It is always a good time to adopt from the RSPCA.”

Ms Heit offered some sound advice for families contemplating a pet this Christmas.

Is your household suitable for the animal short term and long term?

Assess whether your house is big enough for your pet and will the animal have enough space to comfortably run around.

Are you going to be able to provide the animal with enough care, attention and resources?

Don't forget the importance of parasite control and keeping the animal flea free and worm free.

"This is something that is quite undervalued,” Ms Heit said.

"We are having one of the worst tick seasons we have had in a while.”

Are you prepared for the consequences if the animal presents any behavioural issues or develops a medical condition?

"If families get a puppy and don't do any training, they can't be surprised when it grows up with behaviourial problems,” Ms Heit said.

Are you prepared to take the pet if you move interstate?

When travelling interstate or moving house, spend some time making a plan for your pet.

"Your pet's needs should be taken into account when relocating,” Ms Heit said.

"A pet is for life.”

Kingaroy RSPCA is currently looking for volunteers to assist with their ongoing workload.

"We are especially looking for school leavers who want to get some valuable experience working with animals and learning proper practices.”

For more information phone Wendy at the Kingaroy RSPCA on 4162 5501

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