The average life expectancy for a dog is around 13 years and 15 years for a cat...some will live longer than 20 years. So when buying a pet as a gift whether for a child or an adult it's vital to consider who will care for the pet in the future...once the novety has warn off.
Ashley Fruno of PETA discusses the implications of owning a pet. It's not just for Christams. It can be up to 20 years....Many romantic relationships don't last that long!
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Check out PETA's website at http://www.peta.org/