For a whole host of reasons, it’s generally not a good idea to surprise someone with a pet. But there are many ways to do the next best thing.
For example, consider treating your special someone with a gift certificate toward adoption fees. That way, you can go to the shelter together and have fun choosing just the right pet. Another option is to give a future pet parent a basket filled with pet accessories, treats — even a voucher for the first veterinary visit.
No matter what you do, encourage your friend or family member to meet an animal before taking it home. Some shelters even allow weekend fostering to promote the perfect match.
Remember, these are lives we’re talking about, so responsible gifting is the goal.