LACONIA — Some gifts are more difficult to wrap than others; and then there are those you can only put a bow on. This holiday season, are you planning on adopting a four-legged family member? Would you like your new pet to be delivered on Christmas morning by Santa's specially appointed New Hampshire Humane Society Elves? Well, you're in luck, as this year the New Hampshire Humane Society is offering Christmas morning delivery.

"We know that people often look to adopt a new four legged family member around the holidays," said Marylee Gorham, executive director of the Humane society, adding that it's a natural time to add a new pet for many.

"The old policies of not adopting around the holidays are considered outdated given that work schedules and family dynamic are very different these days," she said. "Why create roadblocks where there need not be? Accordingly, we'll be ushering in happiness and joy, shrieks and laughter, maybe a tear or two, by delivering pets on Christmas morning."

After going through the normal adoption process on Dec. 19, 20, 22 or 24, you will have the option for Christmas morning delivery. Standard adoption fees apply, with an additional $25 boarding/delivery fee. The number of deliveries available with depend on vehicle space limitations.

"We have five teams at the ready, so our radius will be able to include Belknap and Grafton counties," said Gorham. "Much like Publishers Clearing House, NHHS representatives, as if by surprise, but of course, with much pre-planning behind the scenes, will arrive on the doorstep of our approved adopters with their new pet. I can't think of any better way to bring good cheer and smiles to families in the region".

"Adopting a pet is such a joyful experience," said Lauren Richard, operations manager at the Humane Society. "We're excited to be able to offer such a wonderful and special surprise this Christmas."

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