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Chattanooga shelters say people return Christmas adoptions

With Christmas so soon, McKamey says they have completed almost 300 adoptions but they have also seen people surrender those animals just days later. (Image: WTVC)

When it comes to holiday gifts, there is one that seems to have stood the test of time- pets. With Christmas so soon, McKamey says they have completed almost 300 adoptions but they have also seen people surrender those animals just days later.

McKamey Animal Shelter in Chattanooga says that videos on the internet of a cute puppy or kitten popping out of a box on Christmas morning seems to bring more people to adopt. Although, many of the animals that are adopted before Christmas, are returned shortly after.

"We still see successful adoptions in December," says Jamie McAloon with McKamey. "Even if a few animals are brought back to us, we are happy we still got hundreds adopted. We will do our best to find those animals their next home."

But buying and returning those animals can happen when the owner doesn't understand how much of a responsibility that animal will be, McAloon says.

"We have already had someone return and surrender their animal this year. That dog was back in 24 hours. He just said I can not do it. We do provide coaching and explain that taking on this life is not easy. It just happens sometimes."

McAloon says they do not see surrenders spike after the Christmas season.

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