Companion Connection

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated...

I hold that, the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man." -Mahatma Gandhi-

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Financial Impacts—Beneficial and Costs

The Financial Benefits of Adopting A Pet

The Simple Dollar 

Overcrowding is a serious problem in America’s animal shelters. According to the ASPCA, an estimated 1.5 million animals are euthanized every year due to overcrowding — and that’s only dogs and cats.  If you’re considering bringing home a pet in the new year, adopting your furry friend from a shelter can help alleviate this growing problem. You’re also helping end pet homelessness, unhealthy breeding techniques and puppy mills, which subject more than 2 million dogs to devastating and inhumane conditions every year.  As if that weren’t enough, you can actually save money by adopting over shopping. Breeders and pet stores come with considerably higher costs — both up front and over the life of your pet — especially when compared to animal shelters and rescue organizations.

Pet Ownership Costs Guide for 2021

By Kyleedulabs


Having a companion animal is a long term commitment.  It represents a large emotion and financial commitment.  Here is a guide suggested by one of our readers.

How Much Is It???

For Dogs, Cats and More!


Are you unsure of what a veterinary procedure costs?  If you want to make sure you're paying a fair price, the Howmuchisit database helps you find out what other people are paying in your area.


Cost of Owning a Dog  -  How To Decide If You Can Afford A Dog

Adding a canine companion to your household can be a challenging but rewarding experience. Owning a pet is not only a financial sacrifice, but also a huge time commitment. Before committing to dog ownership, you should understand the monetary responsibility involved and adjust your personal budget to ensure a positive outcome for both you and your new best friend.

5 Ways to Save on Vet Costs

July 21, 2020August 24, 2019 by Your Dog Advisor Staff


Owning a dog can be both incredibly rewarding and shockingly expensive. As a Financial Planner, I often help my pet-parent clients budget for regular dog expenses and plan for the unexpected ones.  Vet care can be one of the most expensive parts of owning a dog, accounting for more than 25% of the total annual costs. You should budget at least $250 per year for routine vet costs, plus emergencies. Most dog owners will experience at least one emergency during their dog’s life that will cost upwards of $2,000.  Although it’s not possible to avoid vet costs completely, there are ways you can help keep the costs manageable while still ensuring that your dog is healthy and happy.


The True Cost of Keeping a Dog in 2021

Know exactly how much money it takes to care for a dog responsibly, from adoption to emergencies


Updated May 4, 2021 created by Ella Jackson,  Dr. Michele King, DVM,  Dr. Leslie Brooks, DVM, MPH, Andy Bowen


The bond with a furry friend is priceless. But exactly how much money does it cost to care for them well? For this report, our team took an itemized approach to help you wrap your head around the costs of being a pet parent and plan your budget accordingly.