SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KSFY) - The Sioux Falls Area Humane Society says it is an unfortunate reality every year after the holidays.
Staff members are bracing for the post-Christmas rush of unwanted pets.
Over the next few weeks, the shelter typically sees many new owners turning in the pets given to them as gifts.
Fortunately, this also means it is a great time for new owners to adopt.
"Last year alone -- from the day after Christmas to the day after New Year's -- we had 53 surrenders, and a lot of those were animals that were brought back," special events coordinator Allison Kolander said.
The humane society also has a few cold weather pet safety tips: Limit their time outdoors, keep walks short and be sure to check your vehicle.
A warm vehicle can be an appealing heat source for cats. Check underneath and bang on the hood before starting your engine to scare-off feline hitchhikers.