STAMFORD - A new study says that the majority of Americans don’t return or reject animals given as presents.

The study was done by the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Animal activists have long warned not to give pets as presents. Until the report was released, organizations such as the ASPCA were strongly against giving pets as presents.

Shelters like the Stamford Animal Control still believe there is cause for concern. The shelter suggests that anyone getting a pet for a Christmas gift allow an adjustment period for the animals.