As you can see here, pets look adorable all wrapped up as gifts. But, the Humane Society of South Central Michigan is cautioning against giving pets as gifts this holiday season - at least not as surprises.

All year long, HSSCM professionals - and their counterparts all around the country - work to make sure a pet is matched with a new home that works well for all involved. A surprise gift of a pet can work against that, and end up with a pet being returned to a shelter.

In fact, HSSCM says the highest incidence of pet returns to shelters happens as a result of gifts.

Hear more about this important topic Wednesday at 7:54 a.m. on WBCK during "Wiggly Tail Wednesday" on The Richard Piet Show.