Giving a pet as a gift is almost always a bad decision. Shelters are overflowing with unwanted animals that were given as gifts. The weeks and months after the holidays are particularly bad, with thousands of gifted pets literally discarded like every other present the recipients grew tired of. Dog ownership is a serious undertaking and should always be viewed as a lifelong commitment to the animal. It is not a decision to be made lightly and is most certainly one that should never be made for someone else.\r\nIn lieu of giving an actual dog, cat or any animal as a gift, we strongly suggest one of these options for the pet lovers on your gift list:\r\n\r\nGive an adoption gift certificate from a local rescue shelter.\r\nMake a donation in their name to a local rescue or adoption organization.\r\nFor children, start out with a stuffed animal and gauge their interest over time.\r\n\r\nPlease remember that pets depend on us for everything ... food, shelter, companionship and more. Animals are not accessories. They are a serious responsibility!\r\nIf you're looking for a gift idea for friends or family who own dogs, consider a monthly gift box from JoePup.com. Packed with premium pup-safe toys, all natural US-sourced treats and awesome surprise goodies every month, Joe Pup delivers a bigger better gift box for dogs.