The CNYSPCA shares what to know before adopting a pet this holiday season.

MATTYDALE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – ‘Tis the season of giving, and while many of you may already have your presents wrapped – how about the cute kind?

The CNYSPCA recommends visiting and meeting your new partner.

“Animals adopted here cannot be given as gifts. We encourage everyone to come in and meet the animal and be around the animal,” said Troy Waffner, director of the CNYSPCA. “The worst thing you can do is have an Australian Cattle Dog that’s great for Grandma when Grandma wants a Pomeranian. That’s a conversation we want to have before you even get to adopting a dog.

Seven to 20 percent of animals return to shelters in the first six months after being adopted, according to the humane society, with January seeing the highest influx.

Getting ready for a new pet starts at home.

“People should make sure they have the necessities like leashes, harnesses, they have dog beds, pee pads,” Waffner said. “It’s like childproofing a house. You don’t want a dog in cupboards where you keep things that might be toxic.

If you’re adopting for yourself – Waffner recommends a pet you can keep.

“You want to match your lifestyle to the dog’s lifestyle,” he said. “A high-activity dog ​​with a high-activity family.”

If you’re thinking of adopting a pet for someone else this holiday season, Waffner suggests a great gift alternative.

“If you want to make it a surprise without an animal, you can come here and get gift cards, gift certificates,” she said. “If you don’t want to adopt and still want to make a difference, in the lives of animals, you can donate to or in honor of someone.”

It’s all about finding a “purr-fect” home for our furry little friends.

For the link to the adoption application, click Here.

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