Q: Does it cost to buy a pet?

September 22, 2008 | By PoohBear96 | 25 answers | Expired: 2174 days ago

B uying pets.

Readers' Answers (25)
Matt H.

Sep 25, 2008

First thing to remember is that nothing in life is free! Second is there is always money involved in responsible pet ownership. I suggest researching the charachteristics you are looking for in a pet. From there contact your local rescue. The amount you pay for an animal goes towards the health and care of the other pets who are currently still waiting for adoption- a much better way of spending money in my eyes, verses buying from a breeder.

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Gina S.

Sep 26, 2008

What is the saying . . . nothing in life is free? Once you get the pet, there is expense in caring/feeding etc. Even if you find someone giving a pet away you will get the expense of taking care of it. If you are interested in getting a pet, I'd recommend going to your local humane society. They can talk to you about your needs and help direct you to the perfect animal. They know these animals well and you can play with the animals they have available. If they don't have anything you want they can connect you to quality rescue groups that offer certain breeds. Both of these places do have adoption fees. But many times a portion of that fee goes to shots and is discounted from the spaying of the animal, so overall it really isn't very expensive. Plus, you can feel good about giving an animal a second chance.

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Mary T.

Sep 24, 2008

It is possible to find pets being given away for free. But even if you get a pet without paying anything to bring it home, there are always costs! It will cost money to feed your pet, license your pet(if a dog), get supplies for the pet, and take your pet to the vet. All of those things are minimal requirements to having a pet, and they all cost money!

If you live in an apartment or rented home, you may have to pay an additional security deposit, and in some cases higher rent. There's the cost of cleaning up accidents too.

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