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It's been a tough week, and the worst part was the loss of my 14 year old cat. He was a fearless lion who would attack any would-be villain--from Pitt Bull to praying mantis.* Had we about $1,000 or more we might have been able to prolong his life slightly, but at his age and with his advancing arthritis, he may have only lived a few weeks, and full recovery was not indicated, which brings me to an important topic for this blog: how much should you spend on your pets?
The answer is obviously related to the depth of your pocketbook and love for the animal, but I don't think having any amount of money makes these types of decisions any easier, and I don't think there's a magic line we can draw in the sand. I once read a post at The Simple Dollar discussing just this issue.
I do feel strongly that people should not get pets if they cannot afford to spay or neuter them and give them basic care. There's simply no excuse for the nearly 70% of animals taken in by animal control in Knox Co. to be murdered--spay and neuter!
In 2009, the Young Williams Center took in 17,830 animals. Of those, 12,226 lost their lives. See the disturbing statistics for yourself.