Need a little dash of adorableness to brighten your holiday season? Check out HuskyCam, The Pet Collective's most recent 24/7 live stream featuring five Siberian Husky puppies born on Oct. 23.
As The Pet Collective points out, this live stream may be a better option for some animal lovers than an under-the-tree puppy. Too often, pets are given as gifts to people who are not ready or willing to make the lifetime commitment of raising an animal. Many pets given as gifts are later returned to overburdened shelters.
PETA offers the following tips to determine if a pet should be given as a gift:
Will your loved one have the time and patience to exercise and housetrain the animal? Is he or she prepared to pay for food, accessories (such as toys, grooming supplies, leashes and harnesses, and bedding), inoculations, and veterinary care, including spaying or neutering, flea treatment, deworming, and emergency care?
If you do choose to give an animal as a gift, consider adopting a pet in need of a home, and be sure to spay/neuter them. According to the Humane Society, about 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year in U.S. shelters alone -- that's equivalent to about one animal killed every 8 seconds.
Check out the live stream of the Husky pups above, and if you need even more cuteness in your life, visit The Pet Collective's YouTube channel. If you want to help an animal in need, visit your local shelter, the ASPCA website or Petfinder.com.