Dogs and cats among Christmas gift returns

In this March 2012 photo provided by Dr. Pamela Fisher shows a mixed-breed dog named Lili sits in her kennel at Summit County Animal Control in Akron, Ohio. Lili gave Dr. Pamela Fisher a look that she says convinced her to adopt her, who is now 4. Fisher was at the shelter installing an MP3 player for her non-profit Rescue Animal MP3 Project, which plays dog-friendly and cat-friendly music so the dogs will stop barking and the animals will de-stress and relax. More than 1,100 shelters across the country have taken Fisher up on her offer and swear by the results. (Dr. Pamela Fisher via AP)

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT)- As folks return Christmas gifts, dogs and cats are among some of the gifts on people’s return list.

According to animal shelters and animal organizations there are a number of animals returned following the Christmas holiday. The Pitt County Animal Shelter says it has already received calls from people looking to return animals.

“Sadly, after the holidays, we usually get returns up through January and February. People that maybe didn’t think it through all the way, didn’t realize the time commitment, and didn’t realize the costs of an animal,” said Pitt County Animal Shelter Director, Michele Whaley.

Some of the reasons for returned animals are the dog or cat not fitting into the family or the animals has too much energy.

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