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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Giving Animals A "Home 4 The Holidays"

Giving the gift of a forever home during the holiday season.

The Saint John SPCA Animal Rescue League is teaming up with Iams and over 4,000 animal rescue groups across North America to give animals a "Home 4 The Holidays".

To encourage adoptions, the SPCA will give a hand painted SPCA Christmas ornament to whoever adopts a pet with mistletoe on their cage or if you donate to the shelter. If you donate food or a new toy for the animals, your name will be entered in a draw for a gift basket.

Californian Mike Arms is the creator of Iams Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign, and he encourages people to give an orphan a chance rather than supporting a puppy mill. He tells CHSJ news there's a myth that there's something wrong with animals that are up for adoption, but it's usually just that the previous owner couldn't keep them.

Arms says you need to think seriously before getting a pet, knowing they're a 15 to 16 year commitment. He says people often buy the puppy in the window on impulse, but a shelter will match the right pet for your family lifestyle.

Since the Iam Home 4 the Holidays adoption campaign started 13 years ago, over 7 million orphaned pets have been adopted.