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Christmas pet warning

District residents are being urged to think carefully before buying a puppy or kitten this Christmas.

JESS CRAIG December 13, 2013 4:04am

Echuca Lost Dogs' Home facility manager Kate Kemp with Lloyd.

Before you think about giving someone a kitten or a puppy for Christmas, Kate Kemp is asking that you think again.

Facility manager of Echuca’s Lost Dogs’ Home, Kate said each year, she saw animals that were unwanted Christmas presents dropped off at the shelter in the weeks following the big day.

‘‘It’s very sad,’’ she said.

‘‘Giving someone a pet is a big ask and, for that reason, we don’t allow the pound animals to be adopted unless the person is involved in the process, so there’s no unwanted surprises on Christmas Day.

‘‘We like the owners to be involved in the adoption so they know what sort of commitment they’re taking on in terms of looking after the animal.

‘‘Owning a pet is a lifetime commitment.’’

At present, there are 12 cats, eight dogs and 14 kittens at the pound all looking for a new home.

The pound is offering half-price adoptions for adult cats over the age of six months to encourage people to adopt an older animal.

Fees apply to adopt animals from the pound, which is located at 520 McKenzie Rd.

For information, call 54803005 or visit

The Campaspe Animal Pound is operated by the Lost Dogs’ Home.

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