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What could be more charming than surprising the kids with a puppy under the Christmas tree? Not so fast. Better Business Bureau is advising consumers to think twice before investing in and giving a puppy as a present this holiday season.
With emotions high and priorities stretched, giving a puppy as a present during the holidays can be stressful for both you and the new pet. Puppies are an exciting new addition to any family, but many animal experts recommend against introducing a new pet, especially a young one, into the family during the hustle and bustle of the holidays. If you have your heart set on surprising the family, give them a “gift voucher” for the dog and pick one out together after the holidays.
Regardless of when you buy or rescue your new dog, BBB and the American Kennel Club offer the following advice:
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Beware of scammers who offer to “re-home” their purebred puppy in exchange for transportation or vaccination fees. If a free purebred puppy sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Scammers will continually ask for more money for unexpected, and fraudulent, costs.
Cathy Williamson is manager of the Lincoln Trail Area branch of the Better Business Bureau. Contact her at (270) 982-1289 or email@example.com.