"We're not opposed to the notion of adding a pet to the family during the holidays," Halpin told The Dodo. "But that's not the same thing as giving a pet as a surprise ... it's never a good idea to surprise someone with a pet."
During the excitement of the holidays it's easy to forget that adding a pet to the family is a major commitment, one that requires careful planning and lots of preparation. But taking the time to find the right pet to join the family means fewer heartbroken dogs and cats showing up at shelters a few months later.
For information about the pets up for adoption at the crowded Lowndes County Animal Shelter, visit this volunteer-run Facebook page.