If getting a pet is on your Christmas list, make sure you know what you're getting into before bringing one home.
The Animal Shelter sees many families come in to select a pet for Christmas but Animal Shelter Director Jody Murray wants to remind families that choosing a pet is a commitment that lasts a lot longer than the holidays.
"A lot of cats and dogs live up to years so the first thing we want people to consider is once the novelty wears off is the family still going to be interested in the pet," said Murray.
Owning a family pet is a good thing to have, especially if it is a young kitten or puppy as they can bring a lot of joy to a family, but it is important to choose your new member of the family together.
"It's a good idea to involve them if you're getting your pet as a gift for your children, have a field trip to the shelter look around and kind of get an idea of what they might be interested in," said Murray.
Murray says if families are interested in helping a pet this Christmas they can always visit the shelter to make a donation or volunteer their time.