11 September 2012

When adopting a pet consider the costs

Adopting a pet? Consider the costs

Expanding your family by adopting a companion animal is always an exciting time. There are many factors to consider in determining what type of furry, feathered or scaly friend is the right fit for you and your family. Personality, space, habitat, time commitment, cost, whether or not they need cage/house mates, allergies, are just some of the aspects of caring for your companion animal.

Though one of the less fun parts of getting ready to take in your new friend is budgeting, it is essential that you consider not only adoption fees, but also the long term costs. The ASPCA provides a breakdown of minimal costs of responsible pet ownership. The lists breaks down expenses by typical household pets and type of cost, so you can more easily plan your budget.

Millions of animals wind up in shelters each year in the US because many people cannot take care of them for one reason or another. To provide the best home you can for any companion animal, do your homework – the Human Society and ASPCA are great starting points – and make sure you can meet their basic needs and provide them with a loving and attentive forever home.

Amanda Chary
Vermont Amanda's dream is to one day tend a sustainable garden, take care of pigs, and edit novels in the desert, or at least somewhere much warmer. She likes to read, doodle, watch movies, sing (poorly), take in sunshine and goof off. All things robot, squid or whimsical are of interest.

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