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Temple Animal Shelter targets adoptions made as last-minute gifts

Posted at 8:30 AM, Dec 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-24 09:30:57-05

Temple Animal Shelter is taking action to limit the number of pet adoptions made as a last-minute Christmas gift.

Laurie Simmons, City of Temple Public Relations Manager, said that this year the shelter is offering those who wish to pay for adoption fees as a gift the opportunity to do so by issuing a gift certifcate.

“We have a program where you can come in and pay a pet adoption fee and give that as a gift,” Simmons said.

The program is designed to prevent gifting a pet to an incompatible owner who may end up returning the animal to the shelter. Simmons also said the policy is a demonstration of the city’s commitment to establishing a pet owner’s relationship with a pet prior to adoption.

“We have a pet interaction area so they can be outside, meet and greet with different pets and really choose the pet that is right for them and their family,” Simmons said.

To find out more about the Temple Animal Shelter, click here.