A creepy parody commercial for a pet company that made me so angry until I realized it was fake.

This PSA features a totally made up service to highlight a very real problem. And the fact that so many people (myself included, for a minute there!) have been fooled into thinking it's a *real* service shows just how big this problem is.

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Puppies are just *the greatest*, aren't they?

All that cuteness bundled up in one happy little ball of fur...

Nothing could be better.


"I GOTCHOO, little human."

But we all know they don't stay puppies forever.

They get old, they lose their puppy fluff, and sometimes, they get into big trouble.

"Nom nom nom toilet paper so tasty."

What if there were a service that would send you a puppy, then let you swap it out for a new one as soon as it got old?


Simply log in, fill out some preferences, and *poof*! A new puppy arrives at your doorstep.



Puppy getting too big? Not that cute anymore? No problem! Just click to swap.

So cool, right?!

"Bye, old dog! Have fun on the farm!"

WRONG. IT'S CREEPY. Pet ownership is for life.

Even though it might sound nice to experience the joys of having a puppy without any strings attached, pet ownership is, in fact, a serious, long-term commitment. Just because a puppy is hard to train or an older pet might pick up some bad habits doesn't mean you can return them when you're done.

"I take you, Rover, to be my doggie, to have and to hold from this day forward, for better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in dog breath, to love and to cherish, from this day forward until death do us part."

Unfortunately, too many people don't take this commitment seriously.

And by "too many," we're talking about a whopping 6 to 8 million. That's how many cats and dogs enter U.S. shelters annually: 6 to 8 million.

The worst part? 2.7 million of those animals get euthanized every year.

THOSE EYES.

But what about *responsible* pet ownership? What does it look like when you do it right?

Yes, pet ownership is a big commitment, but that doesn't mean it's all seriousness and no fun! Quite the contrary. Responsible pet ownership can be the source of all kinds of satisfaction and joy, love and laughter, snuggles and wet doggie kisses. Not to mention proven health benefits.

What a well-trained human!

Interested in getting a furry companion for yourself? Follow these tips.

First of all, make sure that you're adopting your pet and not buying one. Even though pet adoptions usually have a fee, the fee is lower than what most pet stores or breeders charge, and pets that are adopted from shelters are ones that have been abandoned.

Second of all, if you're thinking of adopting a furry companion, check your local shelter to see if they have a fostering option for dogs or cats. That way you can give some animals a little TLC and a break from shelter life without committing to keeping them forever — at least until you find one that matches your lifestyle and personality.

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In many ways, 18-year-old Idaho native, Hank Cazier, is like any other teenager you've met. He loves chocolate, pop music, and playing games with his family. He has lofty dreams of modeling for a major clothing company one day. But one thing that sets him apart may also jeopardize his future is his recent battle against a brain tumor.

Cazier was diagnosed in 2015. When he had surgery to remove the tumor, he received trauma to his brain and lost some of his motor functionality. He's been in physical, occupational, and speech therapy ever since. The experience impacted Cazier's confidence and self-esteem, so he's been looking for a way to build himself back up again.

"I wanted to do something that helped me look forward to the future," he says.

Enter Make-A-Wish, a nonprofit organization that grants wishes for children battling critical illnesses, providing them a chance to make the impossible possible. The organization partnered with Macy's to raise awareness and help make those wishes a reality. The hope is that the "wish effect" will improve their quality of life and empower them with the strength they need to overcome these illnesses and look towards the future. That was a particularly big deal for Cazier, who had been feeling like so many of his wishes weren't going to be possible because of his critical illness.

"In the beginning, it was hard to accept that it would be improbable for me to accomplish my previous goals because my illness took away so many of my physical abilities," says Cazier. His wish of becoming a model also seemed out of reach.

But Macy's and Make-A-Wish didn't see it like that. Once they learned about Cazier's wish, they knew he had to make it come true by inviting him to be part of the magical Macy's holiday shoot in New York.

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Make-A-Wish can't fulfill children's wishes without the generosity of donors and partners like Macy's. In fact, since 2003, Macy's has given more than $122 million to Make-A-Wish and impacted the lives of more than 2.9 million people.

Cazier's wish experience was beyond what he could've imagined, and it filled him with so much joy and confidence. "It is like waking up and discovering that you have super powers. It feels amazing!" he exclaims.

One of the best parts about the day for him was the kindness everyone who helped make it happen showed him.

"The employees of Macy's and Make-A-Wish made me feel welcome, warm, and cared for," he says. "I am truly grateful that even though they were busy doing their jobs, they were able to show kindness and compassion towards me in all of the little details."

He also got to spend part of the shoot outdoors, which, as someone who loves climbing, hiking, and scuba-diving but has trouble doing those activities now, was very welcome.

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Overall, Cazier feels he grew a lot during his modeling wish and is now emboldened to work towards a better quality of life. "I want to acquire skills that help me continue to improve in these circumstances," he says.

You can change the lives of more kids like Cazier just by writing a letter to Santa and dropping it in the big red letterbox at Macy's (you can also write and submit one online). For every letter received before Dec. 24, 2019, Macy's will donate $1 to Make-A-Wish, up to $1 million. By writing a letter to Santa, you can help a child replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

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