CHICO, Calif. - The Chico Animal Shelter says it's normal that as the holidays approach more animals start to find their "furever" homes.
Tracy Mohr the Animal Services Manager said it's a busy time of the year because a lot of people are home for the holidays.
That means they have time to make sure their new furry friend has time to get used to life outside of the shelter.
Mohr said to make sure a fit is "purrfect" people need to be "pawsitive" they want a new four-legged friend and have the right expectations.
"I think just be realistic about your expectations and about what you can handle in a pet, and research if you are looking for a specific breed," said Mohr.
Mohr said all breeds are different, so if you live in an apartment you're going to want a different kind of dog than if you have a large backyard.
Mohr said the adjustment time could take weeks for some pets.
She said to also expect some may not be trained, and be patient with them while you work on training them.
"There's a huge adjustment period for that animal. Coming from a shelter we do not know the kind of experiences they had in the past, so it is a huge adjustment for an animal going into a new home, and people need to realize that," said Mohr.
She also said to try and keep the animals out of stressful situations when you first get them home.
Stressful situations include having a lot of people around them right away, or for a cat who is used to a small cage, letting them go around the whole house immediately could be stressful or result in them forgetting where the litterbox is.
Mohr said another concern is always giving pets as gifts.
However, Mohr added, ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has done studies that show that people who receive pets as gifts are more likely to keep them.
She said that is of course if the person who is receiving the pet is ready and able to take full responsibility for an animal.