ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – If you are looking for that perfect last minute gift, you may be considering a pet.

The Missouri Humane Society’s Debbie Hill says the holidays can be the perfect time of year because people have extra time off and vacation. But she cautions to do your homework first.

“Research about what type of pet is right for you, your family, and your lifestyle,” she advised. “Do you have a lot of kids and a lot of noise; is it quiet; do you want a pet to go jogging with you when the weather is good? Really consider what your needs are.”

Hill adds it is best not to surprise someone with an animal on Christmas morning because it can be a chaotic time. Instead you may want to purchase a gift certificate.

“That way, the whole family can visit the Humane Society together after the holidays to select their new pet and we have adoption counselors who would be happy to find them just the right pet,” she said.


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