Pets are wonderful companions, they also provide significant psychological and physiological benefits to owners. In addition, pets help the development of caring and responsibility in our children, improve feelings of safety and help create social bridges in our communities [i].
Remember that a pet is a long-term commitment – dogs are at least a ten-year commitment and cats are at least twelve years, costing owners upwards of $1,000 per year, and that’s if no major veterinary issues occur. You need to think about veterinary costs, the daily commitment to training and exercising pets, and boarding fees when you go on holidays. You will need to factor this into your budget each week so they are cared for correctly.
Looking after your Pet
The benefits of desexing your pet range from the betterment of your pet’s health to reducing emotional and financial animal welfare costs to the community as a whole. This is an important part of looking after our pet and our family. Some council’s and rescue organisations can help low-income earners offset the costs of pet desexing.
Go to the ARRR website to find a comprehensive list of the organisations who could help you.
It is also important to keep your pets happy so that they do not become a nuisance or a problem for you and your neighbours. Seek vet care, keep their vaccinations up-to-date, feed them pet food and play with them.
If for some reason you are unable to continue to care for an animal there are organisations where you can ‘surrender’ the animal.
Your dog could be formally recognised to assist you in your daily life.
Visit the A.W.A.R.E dogs website to find out more.
A.W.A.R.E facilitate the use of all types Assistance and Therapy dogs for the education, rehabilitation, healing, and aid of distressed ill or disabled individuals.
[i] Taken from The power of Pets, Australian Companion Animal Council http://www.acac.org.au/pdf/PowerOfPets_2009_19.pdf