In Belfast this Christmas many puppies given as presents will be enjoying their first days with their new families.
Sadly, in many cases, the puppies are only wanted for days, or weeks, once the novelty wears off.
Animals do not make good surprise Christmas presents and sensible people understand that looking after an animal is a long-term commitment.
After last Christmas, animal shelters were full with traumatised animals. Let's make sure this doesn't happen again.
Father Christmas would not consider giving a puppy, or any other animal, as a Christmas present - and neither should you.