STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — A popular Christmas gift for both children and adults is a puppy but a shelter in the Poconos wants to raise awareness about the responsibilities that it comes with.

Camp Papillon says it always sees an uptick in adoptions around this time of year.

“Christmas time is a very popular time to bring home that puppy or that new dog. There’s really nothing wrong with that, we need adoptions every day of the week, all year round,” said Maria Zarate, shelter manager at Camp Papillon.

Camp Papillon in Stroudsburg is a non-profit, no-kill animal welfare organization dedicated to adopting, rehoming, and helping local strays.

They say the most important thing they do is thoroughly screen the soon-to-be adopters and make sure they understand that it is a long-term commitment.

“Especially if they adopt a puppy, puppies need to be trained, they need to be socialized, and it’s a huge labor of love in a way when you bring a puppy home,” explained Zarate.

The shelter says, unfortunately, many people surrender their pets after the holidays meaning they return the pet back to where they adopted it from.

“I think some people, you know, are impulsive about adopting a pet sometimes. So we definitely are always expecting a little bit of influx after the holidays so we just deal with things as they come,” stated Zarate.

The shelter tells us although they are upset unfortunate to see a dog surrendered they will always welcome them back and try to find them another home.

Especially around the holidays, Camp Papillon is always looking for volunteers. If you or someone you know wishes to volunteer at Camp Papillon head over to their website.