Every year animal rescue groups are flooded with drop-offs of cats, dogs and other pets -- especially after the holidays.
Giving an animal as a Christmas gift may seem like a good idea at the time, but officials with the SPCA of the Triad say this often leads to multiple animal drop-offs.
After the holidays, officials say the call volume to bring in unwanted animals goes up 40 percent.
This can majorly affect rescue organizations where resources are already tight.
The SPCA has a 60 animal limit and without donations of pet food, taking care of the animals would be almost impossible.
Officials urge people to think before giving an animal as a gift this holiday season.
For more information, visit the SPCA website www.triadspca.org.