Thus, they want to stop the practice of donating animals “under the tree.”

Screenshot from the movie Dogs Trust
Screenshot from the movie Dogs Trust

Dozens of animal shelters in Germany will temporarily suspend the issue of pets to potential owners. Such a ban should reduce the number of animals that are returned back or left on the street after the holidays.

A statement by the Berlin shelter, which is considered to be the largest in Europe, states that “ideally, animals become family members, and no one gives family members as gifts.” The problem, according to supporters of the ban, is that pets are often bought or taken in shelters impulsively at the last minute.

The decision to take an animal should not be taken lightly – the whole family should be involved in the process of making such decisions.

Claudia Hammerling
Representative of the Berlin Association for the Protection of Animals

Most shelters will be open to the public, but families who decide to take a pet will have to return for it in January.

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