Preparations necessary if planning to give live animals for Christmas

The gift of a live animal for Christmas can be exciting but the director of the Cache Humane Society’s Animal Shelter says it’s also unwise unless you have made preparations in advance. Michael Bishop says to adopt an animal there’s a procedure to go through just as there is a policy for dropping an animal off. Bishop says a new so-called Open Admission Policy was approved by the board of directors approximately two months ago “What that means is that they are willing to take in any animal, irregardless of its age, its health, its temperament at any time,” Bishop says. Similarly, Bishop says the process for adopting animals isn’t complicated but there are costs involved. “You simply come in and do a transfer of ownership for that animal and then we do ask for some financial support. We ask for a minimum of $25 to help cover our costs because what we do with that animal is turnaround and make it more adoptable.” Bishop says having an animal spayed or neutered can make it more adoptable and it can also help prevent homelessness and unwanted animals. He says having an animal euthanized is always a last resort.

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