El Pasoans Adopt Pets For Valentine's Day

El Pasoans Adopt Pets For Valentine's Day

POSTED: Saturday, February 11, 2012 - 10:51pm

UPDATED: Sunday, February 12, 2012 - 8:51am

EL PASO- If you haven't finished buying a gift for your valentine, time is running out.

The El Paso Humane Society says that the amount pet adoptions increase every year around Valentine's Day.

The humane says that they want to be extra sure pets given for gifts on Valentine's Day find their forever home, and don't get sent back to the shelter.

Cyinthia Pina is meeting her new companion. The dog is a valentine's gift from her boyfriend.

"He was like, I'll get you one for Valentine’s Day and I was like okay. So, here we are,” said Pina.

Humane Society Manager Michael Lausen says that pets are the perfect Valentine's Day gift.

" I think the reason that makes it such a great gift is that the animals give back what their given and more. When you give an animal, whether it’s a dog or a cat, a puppy, or kitten, you know you give them an ounce of love, they are going to give you 16 ounces back,” said Lausen.

The shelter says people who adopt a pet need to be ready for the commitment.

"We have to take a little bit of an initiative as an adoption counselor, and make sure that we listen to the different things that are being presented using an open ended question to try to track down what specifically are they looking for,” said Lausen.

In order to prevent pets being returned, the shelter is offering Valentine's day gift certificate. That way, people can come and bond with an animal before bringing them home.

Cyinthia Pina is sure her new friend is the perfect match, and hopes others are just as sure before bringing their furry friend home.

"For the most part, I think the ones that are already here are because they've been to, like abused houses or something. So they need to understand that they are already like went through some trauma or like people don't want them. So, it's for them to like give them love,” said Pina.

If you have a soft spot in your heart for animals, but you're not looking to adopt any new furry friends, The Humane Society says they are always looking for volunteers to help at the shelter.

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