Is the humane society the only place to adopt a pet?

TAKE ME HOME PLEASE   Not everyone thinks about the various places you can adopt a pet including the most obvious, the humane society. Having a family pet is something that is common in many homes around the world. Having a family pet can add some stress to our budgets as well as having enough time to care for them. Making smart decisions when purchasing a pet can go a long way in saving you some of your hard earned money. A Man’s Best Friend, Not Always a Budget’s Best Friend While many people consider their pet to be a part of the family many do not think about how much money owning a pet may cost them in the long run. Mr. CBB shared in a previous post the many costs associated with owning a pet. If you have even the slightest concern that you may not be able to afford all the costs associated with owning a pet or the time required to care for your pet, don’t own one. You may want to strongly consider not having a pet until you can make sure all of their needs will be met. Where you purchase your pet, Humane […]

Costs Of Owning A Pet…Can You Really Afford One?

Owning a pet can cost money and I’m not talking chump change neither. There are significant start-up and ongoing costs that should be factored in to your decision to be a pet owner. So often I see people who get googly-eyed over a small kitten or a small fluffy dog and jump right in and adopt one or take one on for free. Impulse purchases are the worst and are often the expenses that will cost you most out-of-pocket. Dogs depending on size can live 8-14 years and the costs of owning a dog can mount up according to Dr. John Williams at petplace.com. Dr. Williams goes on to say Small to Med dogs Estimated lifespan 14 years Start Up costs $740-$1325 (first year) Annual Costs $500-$875 Lifetime Costs $7240- $12,700 Large Dogs Estimated lifespan 8 years Start Up Costs  $1020-$1825 (first year) Annual Costs $690-$875 Lifetime Cost $5850-$7950 There are reasons people offer their pets for free, mainly costs they never considered but other reasons such as allergies, not getting on with other pets or family members, scratching, illness (which they may not even tell you about) and the list goes on. A great example and I’m always going back […]

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