VENT – Buying animals + low income

posted 3 weeks ago in Pets
Post # 2
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1142 posts
Bumble bee

Yeah that’s super frustrating. It amazes me that people don’t account for the ongoing cost of pets when acquiring them. I’m in a breed specific FB group (I bought, but I can afford it) and I get frustrated when people post asking if they can find a puppy of the breed for $500 because they can’t afford more. A puppy that costs that much is guaranteed 100% a puppy mill dog, which is not ethical to support, and if $500 is all they can spend, then in my opinion they can’t afford to buy a dog.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I also am on several groups like this on facebook and see the exact same things-people asking for money or donations regarding their pets medical care or food. I don’t think the pets should suffer because of their owner’s income but it does get annoying, I agree. You should be able to afford basic care for your animals, food at the VERY LEAST and if you have issues doing that you don’t need an animal. I get things happen at the vet and it can get expensive but that’s just the reality of owning pets.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I have started seeing this more and more on facebook recently. Not just with pets, but basically everything. People want all these things/services but don’t want to pay for any of it, or want it unreasonably cheap. It boggles my mind…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Getting an animal is 100% voluntary. It’s not like accidentally getting pregnant. You should not CHOOSE to get a pet if you cannot afford the basic necessities that come with owning a pet.

If it’s a matter of “We can’t afford the thousands of dollars it would cost to get our dog cancer treatments” that’s one thing. But not being able to buy them food is unacceptable.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Sooo…the group is just people begging for money? Seems ill thought out, am i right?

I agree wholeheartedly and get so annoyed about this with kids too.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

MrsMellyBean :  What made me SO mad was seeing a girl ask for money for her power bill that she couldn’t pay because she was saving for a WEDDING. And the wedding reception was at Golden Corral and everyone was expected to pay their own meal. I wish it was a joke but it wasn’t!

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Absolute idiocy. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee

I think it more boils down to iresponsibility than income level. There are many organizations that I work with through my rescue and that I follow on social media that offer dicsount spay and neuter days for low income families. I guarantee these people could find a charity that would greatly subsidize the cost if not pay for it outright, but that would involve doing some research and asking around before making the decision to get a pet. I think it also comes down to priorities. You know these people have a recent model flat screen and iPhone, but they expect someone else to pay for basic care for their pet. However, at least they are wanting to spay/neuter, so that is positive.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

bee123456789 :  That’s just so cringy.

To amend my comment, it’s not just low income people doing this, it’s basically everybody.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

jellybellynelly :  Makes me nuts, too. I don’t make a lot of money, but my animals come first. Heck, one dog has a cardiologist! I worry about those animals suffering by not getting the care they need.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

jellybellynelly :  I think as a PP it’s about responsibility, not necessarily income. My mum has really struggled to make ends meet sometimes when I was growing up but I know if the cat or dog needed to go to the vets, she found the money. These people can afford to buy these breeds which aren’t cheap, they just aren’t ready to accept responsibility and do something solely for the benefit of the animal.

Unfortunately, (realising I sound a lot older than I am) but I think it’s a product of society now. We expect handouts and our responsibility (for children, our parents, our pets, our possessions, our environment) is not given a second thought.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

I  used to play an since role in my areas chinchilla community but I had to stop because it was too much on me. People would come to me for advice and I was very honest, that these are exotics, they are very sensitive and can be very expensive. I’d give them resources, give them chews and chin safe treats, and always offered to take the chinchillas if the care became too much. 

Then they’d turn around and find these chins that were on CL and but then these tiny cages. They’d get upset when the chinchillas weren’t social, even though I had described the common personality traits to them. Most would end up giving then away after a few months without telling me or selling them again on CL.

The one that made me stop helping was a girl who got a dad and baby. I gave her my extra cage supplies and my phone number to let me know if they needed anything, call me anytime. Well, she never contacted me and I asked the woman’s sister how she was doing. She explained to me that the older chinchilla died of heat stroke and the baby was put in the basement, neglected, and starved. Turns out once the thrill of a new pet wore off she said it was cheaper and easier to let them die. 

I was and still am heart broken over it. 

Post # 14
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342 posts
Helper bee

nerk :  Oh my gosh that is horrible!

Post # 15
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1074 posts
Bumble bee

I believe this is one of the plagues of our modern society. People do not know (or care) how to treat animals with the proper respect they deserve. They see pets as their property to do with what they want, as opposed to actual living creatures who have needs and feelings and emotions. It’s not a low-income thing necessarily. I know plenty of horrid (yet wealthy) pet owners who try to cheapskate through their pet’s life. 

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