Giving a Pet as a Present May be Bad Idea

Marianna- Adopting a pet is often a cute, cuddly. costly commitment

"You see an increase in adoption [during December], but then after the holidays, that's when you see an increase in abandonment," Debbie O'Quinn said. For years she's been the manager of Partners for Pets, a no kill, nonprofit animal shelter in Marianna.

O'Quinn said sadly, many gifted pets end up right back where they started. "A lot end up back at shelters or just dumped along the sides of roads abandoned. So, be real sure when you adopt."

O'Quinn listed several factors she said people need to consider before giving or getting a furry friend.

"Hours they work- do they have time to spend with the dog," she asked. "You don't want to take it home and leave it locked up in the yard. They need a lot of attention- a lot of care. A lot of vet bills come up sometimes. Be prepared to put it all out there for them."

But, for those ready to take on pet ownership, O'Quinn said adoption was a great option.

"Our adoption fees are $65 for dogs $25 for cats if they haven't already been spayed or neutered."

She said there was a $15 deposit for pets not spayed or neutered, but that the money was returned with proof of operation.

"A lot of [pets] go out not being [spayed or neutered] and we request they are. Jackson County offers spay/ neuter vouchers that take money off your spay/ neuter bill. So, there are some good programs out there, some excellent low cost spay/ neuter programs."

Partners for Pets is located at 4011 Maintenance Drive, Marianna.
The telephone number is (850) 482- 4570. For more information, visit their Facebook page: Partners for Pets Marianna, FL

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