Animals are not presents


Every year we point out that animals are not presents. Too often, the animals gifted as presents end up back in a shelter after the holidays are over.

Dogs, cats or guinea pigs must not be handed over as a gift without lots of preparation and thinking. Even if they spread a lot of joy, someone needs to take over the responsibility for a life and the full scope of animal husbandry. Children, in particular, enjoy animal family members, but they are usually unable to take full responsibility for the care and well-being of an animal. Depending on the species, the new pet owner has a longstanding commitment in front of him - this can be up to 12 years for dogs and up to 20 years for a cat.

Are you sure?

List of things future pet owners need to consider:

  • Lifelong responsibility for the animal - also when it gets old
  • Knowledge about the special needs of the animal
  • Enough maturity to take full responsibility for an animal
  • Space and time in his lifestyle
  • Lifelong financial costs
  • Regular vet checks
  • Enough movement and activities to do
  • A balanced and appropriate diet

Gift for yourself

If you want to give away an animal as a present - give it to yourself, and after careful consideration. You can only decide for yourself if you:

  • This is the only way to prevent a well-intentioned pet gift from becoming unwanted and causing negative consequences when the pet owner is overwhelmed, and the animal is at worst neglected or given away.
  • Are aware that today's energy bundle will grow old and have age-related illnesses.
  • Have a serious and lasting interest in caring for and keeping an animal companion in "good and bad times".
  • have knowledge of the species, breed of the animal and its keeping conditions.
  • Are open to animal-related "damage" such as scratched hardwood floors or hair on the sofa.
  • Can provide the optimal domestic, financial, temporal and health conditions.
  • Can share your life permanently with an animal friend, with all its responsibilities and obligations.


Animals are no presents unless their well-being can be guaranteed. Whoever gives away an animal as a present gives away a life, and with that comes a package full of responsibility and duties.