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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 8, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                24A Kaplds Gazette: Sum.. Dec. 8, It's the Humane Thing To Do By Susan Welsh Humane Society Auxiliary Christmas time is for gift giving and kindness and thoughtfulness 'for all. Yet one of the most unkind and thoughtless things anyone can do, is to give a live gift to someone who is totally un- prepared for a pet. We see this type of surprise end tragically, for the pet and the new owner, far too often. The purchase of any item on impulse is unwise and is dou- bly disastrous when a live an- imal is involved for which someone else will have to accept full responsibility This situation is not always 'confined to those who are un- familiar with pets. There are people who have previously owned a live animal, who like pets and are very much aware of the care and responsibility necessary in owning one, but for some reason or another, simply don't want to take on all that again. Or perhaps they have decided that their next pel will be something other than what they original- ly owned. Consider first to whom you are planning to give this an- imal and why you wish to give them a pet. If it's because you feel that "mother needs a cat for company because she lives or "every boy should have a then you are def initely choosing the wrong gift. Maybe mother has other interests and activities now and does not wish to be tied down with a pet. Maybe your boy is more interested in own ing an aquarium tank. If you are not sure that the recipient of your gift truly wants the pet or type of pet you have select ed then forget it. If you are absolutely certain that someone you want to give a Christmas gift to, really does want a specific pet, then by all means, proceed. But don't surprise them. H is far better to let them know in advance exactly what you are planning to do perhaps they would like to pick out their own pet, or perhaps they would like to purchase items necessary in the care of the pet, or study books or other resource information to learn more about this animal. You will not be spoiling a surprise. The new pet owner will thank you and appreciate his pet much more when prepared for it. Besides, ea'ch and every day brings about new experi- ences with any new pet, mak- ing ownership something like Christmas every day. However, when examining your motives for giving a pet, if you find that it is really YOU who wants the pet, then give yourself a gift. There are many, many animals who would like to belong to some- one who really wants them. Prepare yourself, and then adopt one of the homeless and unwanted, and you may know the true joy of giving to something that needs you; for as the photo of the Betsy Clark figures on my desk says, "Those who give have all things." The Linn County Humane society auxiliary meets the second Monday of each month at Peoples bank east, the pub- lic is welcome. Busiest Month For Home Fires CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) December ends the year, but leads all other months in home fires. A major reason why, authorities say, is Christmas trees. Here are some tips for Christmas tree safety from Rick Goings, president of Dynamics, Inc., here, a marketer of home fire alarms. Buy a fresh tree. It's less likely to catch fire. Strike the tree's butt against the ground. If no needles fall, it's fresh. To retard drying, saw an inch or two of trunk from the bottom. Use a water-contain- ing stand and keep it filled. 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