Q: Advice on adopting a special needs dog on a limited income?
I dated a real gem of a guy for a while who is from the school of corporal punishment for dogs, his dog a chocolate lab/gsp, was my dog too for three years, and now is 6 yrs old and having seizures. The ex (who I left for beating my dog while she was in his care for the weekend) is finicially struggling and additionally, in my opinion, incapable of appropriately caring for this dog. I took care of the dog on my own for seven months while this guy was overseas with work. It has recently come up that I might finally be able to have him, but I want to do this responsibly. I might be able to adopt him but me and my current boyfriend already have two dogs and are worried about all the financial costs of a third dog with special needs/ and renting with three dogs. I love this dog and he loves my dog (she grew up with him) and hes such a great dog I know he would get along with our other dog too. As far as exercise, attention, love, toys, bones, he would get plenty of that, but I can't afford 400-500 dollars to get the initial tests done, although I could afford the 100-150 a month in medical cost (most likely I will have to get a part time job to make this more comfortable on the budget but its possible). Our dogs are on the wellness plan with banfield to cover routine check ups, dental cleanings and such, but he wouldn't qualify because he is not considered a healthy dog. Additionally I don't know if I can find a place to rent that will let us have three dogs. As far as being physically able and emotionally willing/ready to care for him, we are there. We have an active lifestyle and our dogs are right there with us. Please help, any advice you have is welcome.
Mar 27, 2010
I really wish I could think of something, but currently, all I can do is wish you all the best of luck! Shame on your ex-he deserves to rot in hell for such treatment of another sentient being! Maybe you cna set up a Paypal account & try to raise donations via networks, like Facebook?
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Mar 28, 2010
I didn't take a look at where you are from but in most states, it's tough to find a place to live even with one dog. Maybe you should look for a place first. As far as the vet bills go, things like that have a way of working out. I think you can manage to find assistance somehow, somewhere. Good luck with that sweetheart of a dog.
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