When severe financial pressure hits a family, cutting expenses is critical to afford basic necessities. Pets are family members too, and thinking about giving them up is a difficult choice to confront. Here are some successful ways to help you afford pet care through difficult times.
Affording Your Pets
Difficult circumstances force millions of people to give up their pets every year. According to a new ASPCA study, more than one million people give up their beloved companions each year because of financial circumstances. Veterinary costs, housing restrictions, and unexpected financial hardship can force pet owners relinquish their pets. While it’s a painful choice, it can appear to be the best one for pets to have a better life, or a life at all. The truth is, no one wants to give up a pet. Here’s how you can work through a tough time with your pet companions.
Veterinary bills for regular pet check ups, treatment, tests, and surgery can devastate a budget. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) offers a list of tips to afford veterinary care. For example, find free or low-cost spay and neuter services, negotiate payment plans with vets, offer your services in exchange of treatment, and apply for financial aid from animal welfare organizations. Seek out care for your pets at animal shelters and even pet stores, where low-cost pet services are offered. Finally, consider getting a pet health insurance plan.
Sometimes unexpected circumstances mean that no one is around to take care of pets, and boarding them is too expensive. Finding friends and family to temporarily take them, for short or extended periods of time, can make a huge difference in your immediate situation. Your pets are safe with people you trust, while you can deal with more pressing matters. And the best part is, your pets still belong to you.
Yard sales, bake sales, and car washes are all easy ways to raise some money. But when things get dire and harder choices must be made, such as either buying food for your family or paying a vet bill, you may leap to a quick decision about your pet that you regret. Another alternative is to start a personal fundraiser. YouCaring offers free online crowdfunding for personal and charitable causes. Follow the easy, step-by-step process that lets you share your story, photos, and your specific financial goals. We want you to be able to keep your pets!
In the long run, we know that pets reduce stress and anxiety, and they provide people with joy and companionship. When we’re faced with difficult circumstances in our lives, pets help us all get through these times. Find out more about personal crowdfunding and start your fundraiser now.