BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- The Broome County Humane Society is educating people on the responsibility associated with the gift of a pet this holiday season.
Around the holidays, Shelter Manager Amberly Ondria says people want to gift new animals.
She says new man's best friends come with more than just the need for a food bowl and leash.
"What we try to emphasize is making that they are aware of the commitment," she says.
While a new animal in the house can be exciting around the holidays, Ondria said, "it's not just a holiday pet, that when the holidays are over, you're still going to have to take care of it, medical expenses never go away."
And she said those expenses can be pricey.
"There's research out there that in a lifetime of a pet, you could spend up to 10,000 dollars on them, medical expenses, routine vet care, so we really try to emphasize that people need to be ready for that no matter what the occasion is," said Ondria.
And even during the holiday season, the society has serious standards for finding forever homes.
"It takes anywhere from a week to 10 days to get through an adoption application, so people that are looking for last minute gifts so to say, we do have to make sure the animals are going to good homes, that they're going to be taken care and that nothing in our process changes around the holidays."
Find out more about adoption at the Broome County Humane Society here.