Death and taxes are inevitable, yet not a subject that people consider when adding a pet to their family. Most people assume their relatives will gladly adopt their furry, feathered or scaled animals, should their pet outlive them. Sadly this is not the case. Dogs and cats often live 15 years, cockatoos 65 years, and turtles 40 years in captivity.
Housing restrictions, work schedules and the costs of taking care of an unexpected pet can also discourage relatives from hurrying to adopt. According to the ASPCA, a medium dog incurs costs of about $1,500 annually and a cat about $1,000. Keep these figures in mind when providing for your pet.
Take time to discuss your pets and adoption options with people close to you. There are stories of extravagance, like Leona Helmsley leaving $12 million to her dog Trouble, yet not all are financially able to provide such excess. Neighbors and friends help out but often must “depend on the kindness of strangers” to place an animal in a new home.