Cost becomes problem for many pet owners


ICK: LINDSEY SLATER TELLS US WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE MAKING A BIG DECISION TO ADD TO YOUR FAMILY. LINDSEY: HOW CAN YOU SAY NO TO THIS FACE? OR THIS ONE? ADOPTING A PET CAN BE A SATISFYING AND REWARDING EXPERIENCE, NOT JUST FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, BUT THE ANIMAL YOU JUST SAVED TOO BUT WHAT MANY DON’T REALIZE HOW MUCH IS THIS REALLY GOING TO COST DOG OWNER EMILY MEYER SHARES SOME OF HER EXPENSES.>>WE HAD TO GET THE DOG DISHES, YOU KNOW SOME DOG FOOD, TOYS, I HAD TO GET THAT PET SPRAY FOR IF THEY’RE ACCIDENTS. STUFF LIKE THAT, SO YEAH LIK THAT STUFF WAS PROBABLY $50 FOR $60 TOTAL. LINDSEY: IT’S THE THINGS YOU DON’T PLAN FOR THAT CAN ADD UP.>>LIKE FOR INSTANCE LIKE LAST MONTH, SHE HAD LIKE A COUPLE DIFFERENT THINGS WRONG WITH HER EARS, SO WE HAD TO TAKE HER IN SO IT WAS ABOUT LIKE $400 ACTUALLY. LINDSEY: SHE JUST ADOPTED TWO KITTENS, EACH RUNNING HER ABOUT $150 PIECE.>>TO ME IT DOESN’T MATTER. TO ME HAVING AN ANIMAL IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN WHAT IT COSTS. LINDSEY: BUT COST DOES MATTER TO MANY PEOPLE. THE WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY SAYS PEOPLE SURRENDERED 6,000 PETS TO THEIR THREE SHELTERS LAST YEAR. THE OWNERS CITE MOVING OR LANDLORD ISSUES AS THE MOST COMMON REASON, ALREADY HAVING TOO MANY ANIMALS AS THE SECOND, AND THE THIRD TOP REASON, PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD CARE ANYMORE.>>MOST OF THE ANIMALS THAT ARE BEING SURRENDERED TO US BECAUSE OF A LACK OF RESOURCES THAT AR FINANCIAL. LINDSE SPEED SAYS THE ADOPTION COUNSELORS MAKE IT CLEAR HOW MUCH IT MAY COST ANNUALLY. WE’RE TALKING AT LEAST OVER ONE — $1000 PER YEAR DEPENDING ON THE ANIMAL AND THE SIZE OF THE PET. AND AGAIN, THIS DOESN’T TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THOSE EMERGENCY VISITS OR UNEXPECTED ILLNESSES>>WE ARE ALL SET FOR NUMBER 10. LINDSEY: VACCINES CAN USUALLY SET YOU BACK ABOUT ONE HUNDRED BUCKS, BUT THE HUMANE SOCIETY OFFERS VACCINE DAYS FOUR TIMES PER MONTH, AND IT IS JUST $18 FOR THE MOST COMMON>>WE NEVER ONES. WANT TO SEE PEOPLE SURRENDER THEIR ANIMALS BECAUSE OF FINANCIAL HARDSHIP, AND IF WE CAN HELP THEM THROUGH THAT TOUGH SPOT, WE ABSOLUTELY WANT TO KEEP THOSE PETS IN HOMES WHERE THEY ARE LOVED. LINDSE ANOTHER SERVICE IS THE FURRY FRIENDS PET FOOD PANTRY, OFFERING FREE FOOD AND CAT LITTER TO HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. BEST PART, NO APPLICATION IS REQUIRED AND IT’S A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS. IT’S DONATION DRIVEN, SO BE SURE TO CALL AHEAD OF TIME. AND IF YOU LOVE PETS BUT CAN’T AFFORD THE COST FOR CARE, THE HUMANE SOCIETY IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS WHO WORK

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