May 3, 2007 9:56am CST
What do you guys think of the concept of renting pets? There are many executives and professionals who do not have the time to own a pet - a dog or a cat but would love their companionship, maybe for a jog on weekends or for that extra companionship on certain nights? Would you consider renting a pet?
3 May 07
I read about this the other day too. The article also mentioned that people might do better to visit an animal shelter and give some attention to animals who really need some without having to pay any fees. It would be nice if the animals were rescued ones rather than bred for the purpose of the service. Personally, although it sounds a bit weird to rent a pet, I'd love to have a dog to walk or jog with, but it's not practical for me to have one full time. My only worry is that I'd get too attached, and would want to keep him or her full time.
4 May 07
Hahaha! Thanks Tanya8. I agree this concept is rather unique but just like you've mentioned, a lot of people these days do not have the time to take care of their pets full-time. Being responsible owners, you choose not to have one as opposed to getting own, letting it get out of hand and then sending it to an animal shelter. I just thought this might be a great service to let people and animals bond together minus the attachments.
8 May 07
question is, if the take up rate for rental is no good, where are all the animals gonna stay? if the take up rate is good, what kind of charges are you going to impose on the various animals? how are you going to manage the popular animals from the non-popular ones? how many breeds of pets are you going to consider for renting? hamsters? guinea pigs? mice? cats? dogs? birds? the list is long! what are you going to do with the unpopular animals? those that no one wants to rent out? what is the animal that was rented out got abuse? who is going to be responsible? you or the fella who rented it out?