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Pets as Gifts? Yes, You Can!

Who says shelters and rescues shouldn't adopt out pets as gifts? Not us! Based on the ASPCA's research, we're endorsing this policy as a way to save more animals' lives during the holiday season and beyond.

Read how Wisconsin Humane Society, Charleston Animal Society and Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society busted a myth and made Pets as Gifts a powerful part of their adoption efforts.

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Impressive Benefits

Shelters report more adoptions, better community engagement and enthusiastic media attention. And the worries about a high rate of return are unfounded, since both research and the experience of participating shelters show no increased risk of relinquishment for animals received as gifts.​

"Closing the door on a potential adoption is as counterproductive an activity as I can imagine," says Dylan Moore, Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society's adoption manager.

And Christmas isn't the only time of year to try a pet delivery program. Consider it for birthdays, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christmas in July – you get the idea!