Adorable puppies and kittens might be at the top of many Christmas wishlists, but Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) is advising residents to think about the long-term commitment required to keep a pet throughout the year.
TRC Environmental Health portfolio leader Cr Joe Ramia said residents who were preparing to give a pet as a gift should ensure the person receiving the gift was prepared for the responsibility of caring for a new animal.
“Pets make wonderful Christmas gifts, but looking after new animals extends well beyond the festive season,” Cr Ramia said.
“Cats and dogs are a long-term responsibility; sometimes up to 14 years or longer.
“The first day is full of fun and excitement for everyone in the family. The first weeks are filled with play, cuddles, walks, puppy school and more. Then the excitement starts to wear off.