The Decatur Animal Shelter encourages responsible pet adoption for Christmas.

Decatur, Ill.

He stresses the importance of remembering the “three-three-three rule”: three days to decompress, three weeks to learn your routine and three months to feel at home.

Shelter manager Lisa Lambert said it helps the dogs adjust to their forever homes.

“It’s best to remember this rule because it’s a very stressful time for the animal,” she said. “If they’re going from a shelter environment or a previous home, to a shelter, and then to a new home again, that’s a lot of stress for that animal. And so that feeling for people. There is a way that they are ready for their new home.

The shelter also advises against forcibly buying pets as Christmas gifts.

You can view the adoptable pets of the Decatur and Macon County Animal Shelters. On their website.

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