BANGOR – The holidays are a popular time for families to bring new pets into their homes, sometimes only to realize it wasn’t a good fit.
Stacey Coventry, director of development and public relations for the Bangor Humane Society, said the staff there hopes to minimize the number of animals that are sent back to shelters.
She said to allow time with the new pet.
Coventry said pets can be similar to children — getting them into a routine will help show what they’re really like.
“There’s going to be a transition period so an animal is really not going to show their true colors for three to four months, so give it some time,” she said.
“Don’t be so quick,” she said. “Obviously if there are major issues and you just know this isn’t the right fit we definitely want to work together to make sure that we can re-home.”
Coventry said people should not sell pets through social media. She suggested going through a shelter, veterinarian or a kennel to find the best new fit for the pet.