Christmas could be a time to adopt from the SPCA

By Brittney Matejka
December 3, 2017 - 1:38pm Updated: December 4, 2017 - 7:21pm


MEDICINE HAT, AB. - The Medicine Hat SPCA hosted their annual Christmas Party for their animals and invited anyone to come out to help celebrate the holidays with them.

Katie Ayres, Executive Director MHSPCA, said they were happy with the number of people coming through the building over the last two days but they are still in need of more donations.

“Our highest needs right now are rabbit and guinea pig food pellets, timothy hay, laundry soap, bleach, of course dog and cat food," she said.

The Christmas season can be a popular time for adoptions, said Aryes, as families may think about adding a pet to the family while they’re home for the holidays.

“If a family decides that Christmas is the time they want to get a pet, we do understand people are usually off work or off school so it can be a good time,” she said, “As long as it's not an impulsive decision and it's something they've talked about as a family."

Aryes does caution any new pet owners to be aware of any potential dangers, like holiday decorations when introducing a new pet to your home.

"Primarily be aware of Christmas tree, toys and tinsel,” she explained, “Make sure your pets aren't eating them as they can cause obstructions and also flowers; lilys and poinsettias can be toxic to your pets.”

The SPCA will be open for adoptions up until December 24th, and closed on Christmas day.  

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