People should not have pets if they can not afford them.
March 19, 2007 2:30pm CST
My daughter's dad just paid $800 for a beagle at a local pet store! Once again, EIGHT HUNDRED DOLLARS!! The fact that he barely pays his child support on time is another story. My first issue is that you should not be out purchasing certain breeds of dogs, unless you are an avid dog shower (and if you are avid I assume this means you can afford to be). There are thousands of dogs across America in dog shelters seeking good homes and caretakers. I am certain that some are close to getting the needle (if you know what I mean. My second issue is that there are extra expenses that come along with pet ownership. Shots, neutering or spading, food, flea treatments, are a few expenses, but there are obviously various expenses. What if your pet gets hit by a car or gets sick? Then there are the added vet expense. I am sick and tired of seeing people who can not afford pets. Furthermore, I am sick and tired of seeing people who can not afford pets with multiples!!
19 Mar 07
My husband and i have a tighter budget, usually in the winter, but have many pets, the thing is, they always have everything they need, and their always well taken care of. If there's need for a vet, they get treated, unless it's just going to make them suffer more, in which case they are put down, like i recently had to do with a kitty with a kidney problem. I think as long as you have the money to cover these expenses, and can find the money to get them to a vet if need be, then you should be allowed to have the pet/pets of choice. And by the way, shots, are not a necessity, all they do is cause more problems. they take 10+ years off the life span of an animal. I think you might have worded this discussion wrong, if you didn't, then I'm sorry but I think that as long as you can care for your pets at worst properly and well, then there's no problem.
• United States
19 Mar 07
I agree with you. I have owned many dogs over the years, and all of them have come from shelters or from other people to couldn't keep them any longer. My current dog is a black lab who I got from a friend who had to move to a new location that wouldn't allow them to keep a large dog, so I took him. I hear of people spending big bucks for these pets, when you can find a perfect pet for free or close to free. Most of the people spending $$$ for pets are not showing them, they just like the breed. It makes no sense to me. I have always had great luck with the locak shelter, and most of the time its free or clost to free. Robert www.rsilva708.com