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Thinking of a new pet for Valentine's Day?

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Candy, flowers, or jewelry are the typical things you can think of for Valentine's Day.  But workers at the Southeast Kansas Humane Society say a new dog or cat is also sometimes on that list.

There's quite the variety of dogs and cats who are waiting for a new owner and a better life.  But shelter workers say there are some important things to consider before buying a new pet.

"It's a big commitment to have a pet," says Erica Wilson with the humane society.  "And it's important that you have that connection with that pet.  So we want the owner that is eventually going to be the caregiver of the animal to be there and to have that connection and to pick it out themselves."

Humane society workers also say this may seem obvious to many, but make sure if you are thinking of giving the gift of a pet, the recipient knows.

"When pets are given as gifts, if the other person is not expecting it, it becomes a shock to them and it doesn't always work out in the best situation for the animal or the pet owner," says Wilson.

Today, tomorrow, and Sunday, the Southeast Kansas Humane Society is offering a Valentine's Day discount for pet adoptions.


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