Only give a pet if it’s a wanted gift

If you like the personality and kind nature of a Maltese terrier then Feather is for you. Feather is a 1 yrs old female fluff ball that likes other animals and people. She is quiet in the kennels and would make a great indoor or outdoor pet. Maltese terriers make great family pets and are also great for someone wanting a companion. Feather is located in kennel 57 With Impound PCC 796. She is $325 to adopt which includes desexing, lifetime registration, vaccination and her microchip. Feather is pictured with Joe a male domestic short haired cat located in the Kittery at the shelter. Joe is a sleek fellow and a bundle of laughs, but you will need to visit him to see it. Joe is only 11 weeks old and is due for release now. His impound number is THSC 171. For $230 he comes with life time registration, vaccination, microchip and he is desexed. Visit Joe and Feather or call the Hawkesbury Companion animal shelter today on 45604644 Picture: Kylie Pitt .FEW things may put a smile on a loved one’s face like the gift of a puppy or kitten at Christmas.

But authorities say that gift often leads to abandoned animals being killed in pounds when the responsibilities of owning a pet become evident.

Blacktown deputy mayor and veterinarian Russ Dickens said significant consideration should go into buying a pet for someone.

“A person couldn’t get a better present than a new pet to care for,” he said.

“But no one should give a pet to anyone unless they know their responsibilities and whether they are going to be able to care for that animal, to feed it and train it and pay for its health costs.

“It’s regrettable that people often get a pet and then find they are going away on holidays.

“The costs of kennelling are quite high, and it’s a time of year when there are many other costs.”

Statistics from Blacktown pound, which takes animals from other council areas including, Auburn, Parramatta and Holroyd, show an increase in the number of dogs and cats in December and January.

An average of 22 additional cats above the yearly average of 77 a week are impounded.

A council spokeswoman said this increase was exacerbated by the time of year being cat reproduction season.

There is an average increase of about nine dogs a week entering the pound. The yearly average is 70 dogs a week.

“Owning a pet is a big responsibility and should not be taken light-heartedly,”she said.

The council used a range of strategies to help educate people on responsible pet ownership, she said.

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