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ADMIN Notices - Pets As Holiday And/Or Seasonal Gifts


Dear Freecycle(TM) Members,

At this time, we are still allowing the exchange of animals in our group. However, we were concerned recently after seeing several posts wanting animals to give as gifts for the holidays.

The decision to adopt an animal is one that should be considered long and hard, and giving an animal as a "gift" often leads to bad outcomes months later when kittens and puppies are no longer "cute and cuddly".

Please remember that an animal is not a toy. It is a long-term commitment. The decision to adopt a pet must be agreed upon by the entire family. Parents must be prepared to care for a pet 100%, no matter how much a child swears they will feed, water, brush, walk and care for one. Frequently children become bored or frustrated with pet care.

Adopt a pet only if you personally are willing to do everything necessary to keep your pet happy and healthy for the next 15 years or more. Remember: There is no such thing as a FREE pet.

Thank you for being responsible pet owners.

Regards,

Your XXX Freecycle Moderators