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Shelters Receive Increase of Animals Post-Christmas

PEKIN - You can't exactly wrap furry animals under a tree, but pets are popular holiday gifts.
PEKIN - You can't exactly wrap furry animals under a tree, but pets are popular holiday gifts.
"We see a lot of people coming in. We're at about 100 adoptions so far this month. "
It is a busy holiday season at the Tazewell Animal Protection Society - or TAPS.
But Executive Director Holly Crotty says some of its busiest days are right after Christmas.
"There's potty training. There's chewing. There's shots. There's the spade and neutering. And people quickly get overwhelmed with the new animal in their home," she said.  
According to Crotty, many people think buying a pet as a gift for the holidays is a great idea. Unfortunately TAPS sees too many of those pets at their doorstep in the following weeks.
"There may be someone in the family that doesn't get along with that animal or someone in the family who may be allergic and they look to shelters to help re-home those animals shortly after the holidays,” said Crotty.
But TAPS, a no-kill shelter that holds nearly 150 cats and dogs, rarely has room for more animals. So those unwanted furry friends could be euthanized elsewhere.
"So this little puppy or kitten that you had good intentions with - to give someone as a present, because they did not necessarily think it fit their lifestyle - that doesn't mean that puppy or kitten deserves to lose its life," said Crotty.  
Crotty says people should think carefully about buying a pet as a gift. She hopes buyers consider the best for the owner and the animal. If you receive an unwanted pet, taps recommends getting on the waiting list for a no-kill shelter as soon as possible.
In the meantime, owners should find accommodations for the animals.
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