Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. General Pets

A Valentine’s Day pet

See also

Animals are a wonderful addition to the family, but do not make good gifts and this is a good time to adopt a pet.

It is advisable to first have a family discussion as to what type of animal would suit the family. A busy household might find a cat, bird or fish easier to fit into their schedule. Those who have someone home most of the day could consider a dog.

Then a trip to the area shelters like the Wisconsin Humane Society or Milwaukee Domestic Animal Control Commission. There are many animals to see and interact with so the family can get an idea of the animal they want in their family. These shelters have areas where the family can visit with the animals in seclusion.

It is never a good idea to surprise someone with a pet for a Valentine’s Day gift. An animal is a living being with habits and personalities that might conflict with the person receiving the them. Living with an animals is a big responsibility that can last more than a decade.

The cost is another consideration, there is food, supplies and maintenance expenditures, which includes the regular and unexpected veterinary bills that must fit into the owner’s budget. Time is also a major factor, while fish and reptiles require the least amount of time dogs can take up to several hours a day. Training, activities and quality play time must be considered especially in a dog’s life.

Yes, Milwaukeeans can adopt a pet for Valentine’s Day but do not give an animal as a gift.



  • Dan Savage
    Dan Savage cares about LGBT youth, bullying and saving lives
    Today's Buzz
  • Raku
    Teachers and students can use this summer to learn a new skill
    15 Photos
  • Beach body
    Fitness: Earn your beach body badge with bootcamp classes
    10 Photos
  • Greek wine
    Unwind with these delicious wines: The thrilling wines of Greece
    7 Photos
  • Mandy Moore
    Exclusive interview with Celebrity Mandy Moore concerning animal activism
    5 Photos
  • Educational family vacations
    Find out how to take an educational family vacation that doesn't break the bank
    9 Photos

Related Videos:

  • Eeyore
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • How You Can Help the ASPCA Protect Dogs On No Pet Store Puppies Day
    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//;allowfullscreen=true&amp;autoplay=1"></iframe>
  • Congratulations Trupanion Pet Health Insurance
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518327717" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url=""></div>