The Holidays - A Time to Adopt or Not?

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sponsored by: Health and Human Services Department, Animal Services Division


Thinking of adopting a pet this holiday season? Depending on your holiday plans, it can be the best of times – or the worst of times – to bring home a new pet.

"It all depends on what your life is like during the holidays," explains Deborah Wood, Manager of Animal Services for Washington County and the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter. "If you have a house full of strangers, or if you're planning a big trip, wait until it's a quieter time. On the other hand, if your home isn't party central, this might be a great time of year to add a pet to your family."  

Here are some holiday pet adoption "Do's and Don'ts" from the Bonnie Hays Shelter:  

Don't attempt to bond with an animal if there is too much going on. "It isn't fair to your new pet – and it isn't fair to you. Adopt when the pace slows back to normal," says Wood.

Do consider adoption if this is quiet time for you. Lots of people have time off at the holidays, and it can be a great time to bond with a new pet. "The holidays are a time when people practice kindness – and giving a home to a homeless cat or dog is a wonderful thing to do," says Wood.

Don't surprise someone with the gift of a pet. If your loved one wants a new pet, give him or her an "IOU" for the adoption fee, and come together to look for the perfect animal. Give them a training book, pet toys, or pet supplies for a gift under the tree.

Do have a lovely holiday season. Whether you're adding another pet to your family or just appreciating the animals that are already in your life – enjoy them!

Location: Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter, 1901 SE 24th Avenue in Hillsboro (on Tualatin Valley Highway right by Lowe's and Home Depot)  

Adoption Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM; Wednesday noon-5:30 PM, closed Sunday.   Dog adoption fees are $150; adult cat adoption fees are currently $10, kitten adoptions are $80. All animals are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and up-to-date on vaccines.

Media Contact:

Deborah Wood, Animal Services Manager