Originally Posted by Plebayo
I have to disagree, if you can't afford to take care of the animal, including its vet care, you shouldn't own it. Period. I don't see why someone who has little money should get extra help over me, a person who can afford to give my animals proper care.
While ordinarily this is something I'd jump at the chance to agree with, I also think there are mitigating circumstances.
I have the money to care for the animals in my home, but a few months ago... after having my furkids for years... my sister's husband died and I had to help support her until she could receive his pension and such as they froze all her accounts temporarily. I'm not a rich woman, so while ordinarily the thought of shelling out a good chunk of change for a much needed surgery is as good as done, it occured to me that if anything serious happened to any of my furkids during the time I was supporting my sister, I would have been SOL.
Sure, you need to consider the financial responsibility before taking in an animal, but just because someone is strapped for cash at a certain point in their life doesn't mean they shouldn't have a pet in the first place. And honestly, I think this is something that vets need to consider. We all need help once in a while - financially or otherwise - that doesn't make us bad pet mommies and daddies.
If someone *never* has the financial resources to take care of an animal properly, that's a different story.
My apologies for hijacking this thread