I know your situation! I do live away from home, I have an apartment in the town where my college is. But my parents are great enough to still pay all my bills, as long as I do well in school. (Til I graduate and get a job or married, whichever comes first, then I'm on my own!). My parent's weren't necessarily against me getting my first pet that would be ONLY mine, but made me really think about it first. Like where she would stay if I had to leave town, what would happen on breaks if I came home, etc. After I explained all my answers to them, they agreed to let me get Marlee from the shelter. (Actually my mom was for it all along, my dad was who I had to convince). I really want to get a sissy or brother for Marlee, but I know my dad won't go for it right now. Plus I have my dog Maggie that will live with me once I get a place that allows dogs. So sometimes you just have to deal til you have your own place and MONEY!! But believe me, I know it sucks!!