Is a new furry friend in your fall budget?
Fall is the perfect time to budget for a furry friend to snuggle up with as the holiday season nears. If you’re in the market for a new pet, let us help you make smart budgeting choices.
Set a budget.
Before you run to your local shelter or pet store to make an impulse decision, sit down and take a look at your budget. Decide how much you’re willing to spend on your new addition and start shopping around.
Be sure to consider major pet expenses like food, shelter and bedding. Veterinary expenses and trips to the groomer are also important occasional expenses to take into consideration. You should always be prepared for the unexpected.
Should you buy or adopt?
There is a misconception that sheltered animals were abused or behaved badly, but many are there for reasons such as their previous owners divorcing, lack of time and financial constraints.
Often, adopting a pet is much cheaper than buying. Adoption cuts costs because shelter animals have already been spayed, neutered and vaccinated.
You can purchase purebred dogs from a shelter or breed rescue groups, as well.
Shop, shop, shop!
Search for adoptable pets on sites like www.PetFinder.com. You can also contact your local shelter to visit and spend time with adoptable pets in your area.