Animal shelter advises tips on gifting pets during the holidays

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Shelter Director Deb Watkins poses with Harley, who found a forever home just before Christmas. (Courtesy photo)

MANHATTAN — With the holidays just around the corner, T. Russell Reitz Animal Shelter Director Deb Watkins says gifting a pet can be a wonderful thing at Christmas time if it’s well thought through.
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Watkins says that you have to consider all the factors when looking for a pet during the holidays, sometimes it’s better to wait.
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Watkins says creating a routine is key during the holidays to help you furry friends adapt and keep calm whether they are new to the family or they’ve been around for years. If you’re already a pet owner, Watkins suggests some tips to taking care of them during the holidays.
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She also has crucial advice if you’re planning to travel with your pets.

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Micro-chipping is encouraged once you adopt a pet to ensure pets are reunited with their owners should they become separated.

The animal shelter recently wrapped up its Home for the Holidays adoption event, where 27 adoptions took place between Dec. 13-16. To learn more about adopting a pet, call the animal shelter at 785-587-2783.

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