Every year many people are given puppies or kittens as Christmas gifts. Some of those animals are very fortunate and go into homes where they become part of the family. Others are not so lucky.
After the holiday period is over animal shelters everywhere get many additional cats and dogs brought in to them "to be given to a good home". The new owner either didn't want the animal, the novelty wore off, or it became clear that they couldn't look after the animal as it should be cared for.
The sad reality is that many of these animals are put down because they have nowhere to go.
If you are considering a new animal companion for 2015, perhaps now is a good time to think about getting a Rescue Animal, giving one animal a life that they wouldn't have otherwise.