Front Street Animal Shelter in Sacramento has a special just for Christmas.
If your family is ready to give a puppy a forever home, you can have Santa drop the little one off on Christmas Eve.
Families can make an appointment – by emailing BMann@CityOfSacramento.org – to meet available puppies ahead of time and adopt the one that captures their hearts, Front Street says. Then Santa or a Front Street volunteer will bring your new furry family member to your door on Dec. 24.
As of around 2 p.m. Thursday, there were 12 openings left for deliveries.
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There are three “delivery options,” according to Front Street:
Silver ($150): A Front Street volunteer will deliver your puppy to your home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Gold ($200): Santa will deliver your puppy to your home between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Dec. 24.
Platinum ($300): Santa delivers all of your gifts and your puppy to your home after dark on Christmas Eve (only 10 available).
On a previous Facebook post, people were commenting with concerns about families returning the puppies after Christmas or when they grow bigger and adopting animals for people without them meeting them.
Dogs can be a 10- to 15-year commitment and often go through puppy and destructive stages.
“The ASPCA recommends the giving of pets as gifts only to people who have expressed a sustained interest in owning one, and the ability to care for it responsibly,” the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says.
However, all families go through the shelter’s adoption process, and the aforementioned concerns can be there with any adoption.
And a 2013 ASPCA survey of 222 people who had received pets as gifts found that most – 96 percent – didn’t have any issues with love or attachment to the animal. It also found that many were still in their homes – 86 percent.
“It’s an incredible way to save a life and make it the best Christmas ever for your family,” the shelter says.
Here are some tips for bringing home puppies during the holidays.