Cats and dogs can be popular gifts during the holidays, but the president of a rockford animal advocacy group says making it a surprise, might not be the best idea for the prospective owner or the pet dylan saraki reports. Some of the animals given as christmas presents end up back in a shelter kim waffler is the president of mending hearts rescue a foster-based animal rescue in rockford. She says in the weeks following christmas: every year, dozens of dogs and cats, which were received as gifts end up in local shelters, as people realize they can’t take care of their new four-legged friends. She suggests talking to the prospective owner about whether they’re ready for all the responsibilities an animal can bring before gifting a pet. This holiday season make sure they really want it and that they want to put the time and effort into it um if it’s a child, make sure that your child is old enough to help take care of it. You know what your expectations are for, that child to take care of. That is what they can depend. Even age. Waffler says. If you find out, you can’t properly care for a new pet, it’s best to call a local foster service, so they can find a permanent home for the animal in rockford for your home team.