It is no secret that we are a national of an animal lovers, with an estimated 20 million pets owned according to the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA), so it saddens me when I here that in a report commissioned by the Dogs trust, 47,000+ dogs were left in local authority pounds, possibly resulting in the dog having to be put down, Dogs Trust abandoned dogs report and that the RSPCA has to investigate 140,000 complaints of neglect and cruelty every year.
I’ve had pets in my life for as long as I can remember so I know first hand the joy and sadness that comes with adopting and owning a pet, it is with this that I think it important that you think very carefully about both the financial and non-financial considerations in owning a pet in order that it does not become another statistic.
So what are the considerations?
- Vets Bills & Treatment costs
- Spaying or neutering
- Do you have enough time to make a long term commitment
- Is your animal social, such as the case with rabbits, in which case you will need to pair them
- What will you do with your pet when you go on holiday
- Is the place where you are buying your pet from reputable
Life is full of uncertainties, so unless you can afford a pet should your circumstances change, whether this is through a job loss or adding to your family then my advice would be not to bring a pet into your home. A pet is for life, not to be discarded like yesterdays newspaper.