The Water Bowl: Why You Shouldn't Gift Pets for the Holidays

Holidays 2012: Pets Aren't Christmas Gifts
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updated 12/14/2012 at 12:10 PM EST

originally published 12/18/2012 12:45PM

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Thinking of getting a special someone a new furry friend for the holidays? It might not be the perfect gift you were hoping for. Keep in mind an animal is a long-term commitment for the recipient. Plus a pet can't be returned – only brought to a shelter, where the animal faces the danger of being euthanized. –MSN Money

After a passer-by found a Springer spaniel tied to a pole in downtown Santa Cruz with a sign that read "homeless," the dog had to be euthanized due to its injuries. The dog had a severe, infected open wound on its underside and was first brought to an animal shelter for treatment. –Santa Cruz Sentinel

Grumpy Cat has made her permanent mark – literally. A Philadelphia-based tattoo artist inked the face of the Internet sensation, along with a fitting catchphrase: "Hate everything." –Mashable



When it came time to get into character for her new war drama Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain, along with director Kathryn Bigelow, turned to animals for inspiration. "During the week that we were filming the interrogations, we sent each other videos of animals being rescued," Chastain says. "It was so emotional for me because I rescue dogs and so does she." –Press-Telegram

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