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Are You Thinking about Getting a Pet?

As we approach the holidays, there are many people who may be planning on getting a pet for a family Christmas gift. But there are many of those cute little puppies and kittens, which will end up in an animal shelter before the summer. The new pet owners will not have the time, patience, or money to care for them.

Animals are like children. They need to be fed, cared for, and to have you take care of their physical and emotional needs, just as you would a baby, toddler or child.

If you have to travel for work, who will take care of your pet? Maybe you have to put in long hours during the week. Just as with a child, pets need sitters, too.

The expenses for pet ownership can be difficult, if you have problems with your own household income. Who will pay for the food, obedience classes, spaying or neutering?

They need to be groomed. They need toys, beds, litter (for cats), and vaccinations. And, of course, our four-legged "kids" have medical emergencies, as do our two-legged children.

Remember that pet ownership takes commitment.

If you are not willing to take care of this cute little kitten or pup that you are considering for a companion for your kids or yourself for the next 12 to 15 years, please think twice.

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Adapted from original, "So You're Thinking About Getting a Pet?" written on November 24, 2014 and published on Bubblews, and later removed by author, Coral Levang.

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cheri wrote on November 30, 2015, 5:47 AM

My kids and hubby really love too and really are begging me but at this point we just cannot afford to have one. Like you said, this entails a lot responsibility. No one is left in the house on weekdays and I am not sure if we can handle that

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 6:07 AM

I appreciate that you are the voice of reason in this situation.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:11 AM

My wife and I don't have a pet now because we just don't want the commitment of taking care of a dog or cat. When I was younger, I had dogs and they were a lot of work.

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:15 AM

It is why I did not replace mine when they passed away. But I would love to have a dog. I may get a rescue animal before too long.

Paulie wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:21 AM

What kind of dog would you get? Would your apartment allow you to have one?

CalmGemini wrote on November 30, 2015, 8:30 AM

Food for thought.If we can not invest time and money,then it is better not to have a pet .It is not the money alone,but the care we have to take of our pets.

markgraham wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:26 AM

I had pets since I was five years old till I was at least 25. I know how much work they are and I would love to have another one but it is too sad when you have to say goodbye when they die after years of having fun.

wolfgirl569 wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:53 AM

I try not to even have animals for sale this time of year except for the horses because of that. A horse needs a lot more room so that slows people down from impulse buying

CoralLevang wrote on November 30, 2015, 9:56 AM

I really like chihuahuas or other smaller dogs. Would not have to be a purebreed.

DWDavisRSL wrote on November 30, 2015, 7:46 PM

Thank you for this post. When K and I were more active in the dog fancy our club would always put out advisories like this every year before Christmas. Members of the club would not sell puppies during the season if they thought they might be given as gifts. Adopting a pet is like adopting a child who will always be dependent upon you, especially a dog. People need to think very carefully, as K and I did before we adopted Ace, as to whether they really want that responsibility, what type of pet would fit into their life, and how they are going to care for it.

carolamfg wrote on December 1, 2015, 2:08 AM

Good reminder. Have a dog and cats and they a much loved part of the family.

BarbRad wrote on December 2, 2015, 2:32 AM

That's why I don't have a pet. I can barely take care of myself and my husband. I like animal, but I don't want anyone dependent upon me for care unless it happens to be my husband.

geny211 wrote on December 2, 2015, 10:02 PM

When you decide to have a pet it is good to be prepared, the dog the cat or what you decide to take will need a doctor, food, time to play with them. Yes all this cost money but all this its less than the love that those lovely pets give to you. And please adopt, give a chance