|Barked: Thu Mar 31, '11 2:09pm PST |
|I'm low income! We have an antenae, the kind you have to go outside and "twist" to get a TV station...and we only get ONE station. We don't have internet either (I get on elsewhere). My husband has a college degree, but works at a feed store and I'm a first year teacher. The only debt we have are student loans and everything we own (cell phones, cars, insurance, etc..) is paid by us, not our parents. Our "rent" is paid in the form of updates to the home we live in (we've added a secure fence, fixed the front/back deck, this summer we're changing carpet for allure flooring).
We sacrifice things like TV and internet access to pay for good food, training, and vet expenses. Also, we have three dogs, a cat, and some chickens! Not to mention that we foster.
I have never felt degraded due to income on Dogster. I've always felt like the people here put their animals first and don't make excuses. There are lots of options for people to better themselves and the life of their pets that can be done on a low-income, and I've seen them offered. Indeed, I've pointed them out since I've been there. Can't feed anything more expensive than Walmart? Diamond Naturals is sold at Tractor Supply and is a higher quality food at a price cheaper than Walmart's "high-end" brands like Iams and Purina One. Training too expensive? Petsmarts is $120 for 8 weeks. Can you put $10-$15 a week into a can for a few months? Usually there are $20 discounts too.
If someone can't afford the basics like heartworm prevention, flea medication, dewormer, or an emergency vet bill... Well, vets will work on payment plans if they need to. If that isn't an option, well, maybe you don't need a pet. You need to take care of YOU first.
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