The Pensacola News Journal has a story on avoiding the purchase of pets with health problems and Florida's Pet Lemon Law. In addition to understanding some of the provisions of the law, the article mentions this bit of advice discouraging giving pets as a gift:
"We discourage buying any animals for the holidays, . . . . Our stated goal is matching the right pet with the right customer. If someone tells us it's a gift for a boyfriend or girlfriend, we'll suggest a gift certificate (for a pet) instead."