Can’t Afford to Take Your Pet to a Vet?

A rant about people who get a new pet and then complain that they cannot afford veterinary care for the pet when it is sick, injured, or dying. Please do not get a new pet unless you can afford care for that animal.

Every now and again in online question and answer forums I encounter a pet owner pleading for help with their sick, injured, or dying, pet. They always seem to have the line “I cannot afford to take it to a vet, please help”. I roll my eyes nearly every time I see this, my automatic thought response is “If you can afford a computer and Internet service, you can afford to take your pet to the veterinarian.”. Yet when you say this to somebody their typical response is something like “I am on a computer at the Library” or something, which begs the question “Why did you leave your injured, dying, or sick pet, to go to the library to look for help?”. Well, if true, I guess that is better than nothing, but I still have my doubts as to the reality of people who claim not to be able to afford emergency vet care.

Even worse is when people cannot afford to spay or neuter a pet they just got, or have it wormed and/or vaccinated.  I can be sympathetic in regards to people who cannot afford emergency care but why are people getting pets if they cannot afford the basics?

Veterinarian care is expensive, no doubt about it, but so is coffee when you get it every day. Lower income people who want to have pets need to understand that sometimes pet ownership means making a sacrifice on other things in order to put money away for emergency vet care.

Also an owner should be aware that the visit is generally not the expense, it is the treatment. Taking the pet to the vet to find out what might be wrong, to get a diagnosis, is not usually as expensive as some people think, in some cases it can even be free – Banfield vet clinics often have coupons a person can acquire for a free check up.

At least get your pet to the veterinarian so you know what is wrong, how bad it is, and how much it will cost, before you rush around taking advice from strangers on the Internet who may not know what they are talking about.

Owning a pet should be taken as a serious commitment, that animal’s life and health are your responsibility. If it dies because you were too cheap to sacrifice a cup of coffee it is your fault.

Of course I am sympathetic when a person cannot pay expensive treatment costs, as these costs can get into thousands of dollars, but I have little sympathy for the person who gets a puppy then complains two weeks later when it is sick that they cannot afford to take it to the vet, what on earth were they doing getting a puppy in the first place? My sympathies are with the pup.

The same thing for the person who breeds there dog then finds themselves in an emergency situation requiring a Cesarean section (a common risk in breeding some dogs) and complains they cannot afford it – again, then why did they bred their dog?

For the lower income people there are many cheap pets, or simply do as I did (I use to work part time for minimum wage only but always had money for my pet’s needs), live frugally and below your means, and if you cannot do that – do not get a pet.

There is also no excuse for not spaying or neutering a cat or dog, if this is a financial concern you think you cannot make, adopt one that has already been fixed rather than taking one that still requires this somewhat expensive surgery – also note it is cheaper to fix male animals than females.

I could go on and on, the point is most people have money to spend on their pets, but have chosen to spend it on other things instead… hmm… how much is your cell phone bill?

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  1. jennifer eiffel01

    On April 9, 2012 at 8:37 am

    I agree with you. I do not have a dog anymore as my last dogged passed and I cannot take anymore animal deaqths. BUt even though my vet made my dog get all these exams just for a shot for rabies that we would have to pay 150 dollars just to get rabies shot, I always cheerfully paid it because I loved my dog dearly.
    I found out last week my beautician has had a cat for 8 years and he just had his first visit to the vet. I was appaled. She can afford to go all kinds of places aroubd the world at least 7 times a yeafr, she can afford a doctor.

  2. PR Mace

    On April 16, 2012 at 3:17 am

    I would dearly love to take in all the stray dogs I see on the road and take care of them all. I know however that I can only afford to care for two dogs, so I have two dogs. They are well fed and cared for and see the vet yearly and whenever else they need to be seen. If I had not had the money for vet care, Kole would have died twice now. A dog is a living being and has to be taken proper care of, they are not a throw away item.

  3. Rarity HIll

    On April 17, 2012 at 5:37 am

    I agree 100% with you. I do not understand why some people would want to have a dog when they could not properly take care of them. They probably would not to show to everyone that they too are loving people. A word also to those who give dogs as gift, please, consider the person who will receive the gift. Make sure that he or she really loves dogs. Otherwise, stop being cute and unique by giving your love interest some dog that she or he can’t handle.

  4. brandon

    On April 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    i completly agree with you but my family doesnt im 16 btw and my family got a cat around a year and i think he might have broke his leg im the only person in my house that actually takes care of him im begging my family to take him to the vet but they say i dont have 200$ to give on the cat because it will leave me broke i think ill show them this and hopefully it will change they’re minds

  5. Brenda Nelson

    On April 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm

    Brandon

    I really hope your parents take the cat to the vet.
    As adults they are responsible for its care, not you. It would be them who could be charged with neglect for not taking the cat to the vet.
    How terrible to let it suffer. They should not have got a pet, or should not have let it outdoors if they had no intention of paying for care.
    You may not have the money but I would never expect my daughter to pay for emergency bills for her pet. If I allowed her to get a pet I at least know that I am the legal one responsible for overseeing its care.
    I live below the poverty line but my pets would not suffer.

  6. yvonne

    On April 24, 2012 at 2:13 am

    you cheeky cow! im so angry right now.. how dare you be so judgemental. Me and my partner rescued two kittens from a farm, it turns out they were very sick and since then they have been in and out of the vets. incurring vet bills of over £400 . Pet insurance will not cover them now for the pre existing conditions they both have.
    Now the boy kitten is sick again ( i think he is dying) and my partner is away for week, i literally cannot afford any more vet bills this month.
    I am at the point of tears and was looking online for help and advice, when i came across your comment, have you not got anything better to do than go online and judge people? because i can guarantee that you are far from a perfect person yourself!! good bye

  7. Brenda Nelson

    On April 24, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    to yvonne

    Please reread where I say “I will say I am sympathetic when a person cannot pay expensive treatments….”

    To save money I always suggest adopting from an animal shelter where pets are vet checked prior to adoption and come with limited health guarantees.

    It is pretty much common knowledge that farm kittens often come loaded with health problems. Hopefully he will be okay.
    http://factoidz.com/how-much-does-a-free-kitten-cost/

  8. yvonne

    On April 24, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Thanks, im sorry i was very upset, i ended up taking him to the vet, stating that i could only afford the consultation fee and some medication, and they have put me in touch with the pdsa who can hopefully help me with fees. Although they did say he is very ill and it may be kinder to put him down, im absolutely heartbroken as he is the most affectionate and loving kitten i have ever seen.
    I think we were both a bit naive when we got him and did not know quite how badly treated farm cats are. All i can say though is that whatever happens both cats have had a good home and plenty of love, they would not have had these things if they had not been “adopted” by us. ( we actually paid for them, thats how silly we were).
    so i take some comfort in that, anyway sorry again for my comment all the best, yvonne.

  9. rose123

    On May 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I have a cat. Her owners lived near me. Two teens and a mom.
    She came into our garden. Her owners moved to some other country. She is 5 to 8 years old.

  10. Jennifer

    On May 25, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    Wow. Just wow. I agree that acquiring an animal when its already difficult to make ends meet is a foolish idea. However, not all people are inconsiderate, loveless cads who chat on their iphones and drink Starbucks while Fluffy is dying in a corner.

    I have 4 cats, all of whom are exclusively indoor and well cared for. The oldest is 14. We have always treated them as the family members they are, including their illnesses. We had always been able to do so….until now.

    My husband lost his job. I have several children. We never EVER thought we would need public assistance, yet here we are accepting it. My cat has become ill and we are trying to figure out where to scrape up the money. I do not know where you are, but here just to walk in the door is over a hundred dollars….no small expense.

    We always could afford our animals but find ourselves suddenly unable to do so. NOBODY can see the future. You may as well be telling people they should NEVER get a pet because at SOME point within the lifespan of that animal they may not be able to pay for it.

    I get what you are saying, but the only instance you site as being worthy of your pity is in the event the animal’s needs exceed a thousand dollars. I disagree. Sometimes a checkup IS out of people’s reach…especially when the other party vying for your funds is that of your human children. Open your mind a bit…

  11. Brenda Nelson

    On May 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    to Jennifer – I am in Canada. I only had one child because I knew kids were expensive. I am very lucky I only had one child because my husband died when she was 5 years old. I had no cell phone, no internet, no cable television, no car payments, and so on and learned how to live frugally. I had four cats (spayed females), so yes I know how things work in terms of sacrifice and commitment to pets and family. I found work, part time minimum wage, I was actually earning less than a welfare family but was really good at budgeting.
    Yes emergencies happen, I sold things to pay for them. Not being able to pay for emergencies is totally different than getting a pet and not being able to pay for basic things, vaccination, spaying/neutering, worming, and so forth.
    I knew people who drove $30,000 trucks and would complain about a $300 vet bill, get real. If a person can afford a $400 truck payment they should be able to afford pet care. It is to those people whom I speak.
    Hopefully you will find a more reasonable vet, a vet should not charge $100 for a check up. (or as you say over 100 just to walk in the door).

  12. Smith

    On July 24, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Wow! The author of this article is a complete and total Assh()le. There was absolutely nothing to help a person with needs. Instead it was more of a blurp of this persons emotional, psychological, hatred, anger, frustration on people and nothing to do with actually helping, leading, directing anyone towards good information for their pet. I suggest the person gets some sort of counselling and not write misleading posts where people thing they will actually find help.

  13. Brenda Nelson

    On July 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    To Smith. Perhaps you missed the point of the article, it was not intended as free vet help (which is risky when taken from strangers over the Internet) it is written in regards to saying how wrong it is to get a pet if you cannot pay for the basic care.

  14. Greg

    On August 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    Vets overcharge and take advantage of the fact that people love their pets. The prices have increased dramatically over the last ten to twenty years. Now it is more expensive to care for fido than grandma.

  15. kate kennedy

    On August 11, 2012 at 4:24 am

    i find it unbelievable that Brenda Nelson can be so disparaging and superior in her article about people not being able to afford vet care – it is 2012 and many people have had their animals for 13 or more years – in that time they could have lost the main family supporter of been laid off or become pensioners far to many circumstances could have occurred to mention here – prehaps she thinks you just desert your loved family animal in times of genuine hardship ! i paid $130 for 15 minutes tops plus 8 pills at a local vet !!!!!!!!!!!!! come on they over charge !!!!!!!! as it is ! give pet owners that battle each week and go without a break – how long do you think it would take to save that $130 when you do not have enough money as it is to get through a week – Brenda what world do you live in – WHERE IS THE LOVE ????????????

  16. Unlucky

    On August 12, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Maybe some just doesn’t have the money if they are already going through a crisist! I have had my dog for nearly 7 years now and she goes on checkups about twice a month and gets cut and such!and my mom just died be the only child cost me a lot of money for her cermony and such! Now my dog is sick and I’m struggling I wasn’t going to give away a sick dog to someone that’s truely unfair ! It hurts seeing my dog in pain but I can’t afford to put her down! Thanks for making me feel like a pathetic person! You closed minded rude And judgemental dog owners! Oh did I forget to mention I pay for my fathers medical bills and stuff cause he lives with me due to having a tumor !?

  17. Katelynn

    On August 13, 2012 at 12:50 am

    OK i agree to a certain extent… i totally agree that if you have animals that they should be treated properly and not come second to any habits or luxory items however my story is a little bit different… i have a soft spot when it comes to animals kittens expecially well i have one full grown cat and a kitten…today however i was at redbox picking out a movie or two and my fiance noticed a meowing sound it was very faint but just loud enough you could hear her enough to peak our interest.For a moment i thought it was a bird when we went back to our truck their was a little black kitten that had been abandoned, she is about as big as a computer mouse and all her bones are showing she has a terrible cold, she is sneezing and coughing she has eye boogers and snot all over the place, im 18 years old and trying to put myself through school we all know how that is money is very tight! She needs love and care i just dont know how much the vet cost..if any of you can help me out let me know how much it will cost and how to go about treating her and getting her the help and medical attention she needs PLEASE let me know. I refuse to take her to the pound she has had a very rough start she is only a few weeks old and i personally want to take care of her. If that means taking her to the vet so be it i will…. HELLPPP
    -Katelynn

  18. Sweetypie

    On August 13, 2012 at 12:55 am

    People shouldnt be so judgmental on here i know iknow its the internet but that just makes it worse you have no clue what people have going on in their lives so why are you so quick to judge if we didnt care we would be on this fucking website anyway!
    grow up people try to help not critisize!

  19. Jennifer

    On August 13, 2012 at 6:27 am

    I really hate judgemental people. Not everyone is a selfish, bubble-brained idiot, who has a cell phone and internet. Case in point, my husband was making $55,000 per year, and had been at his job for almost 9 years. We aquired our 3 dogs and 2 cats during this time, as well as a house and all the wonderful responsibilities and expenses involved. A couple years go by and his work downsized from 3 locations to 1, and let him and a dozen others go. The only job he could find pays $10 per hour, with no room for advancement, or raises. I live in IN, and most vets here charge about $100 JUST to walk in the door. We barely have money to pay our utilities, mortgage, home insurance and car insurance, and we pay the basic prices on the internet, phone & cable. I use the internet to try finding a job, and my son needs it for school, so there is nothing wrong with having those things. And yes, I have a cell phone, why? Because I drive a crappy car and have a 6 month old baby and 13 year old son, and don’t want to be stranded somewhere if and when my car breaks down, which it’s done several times before. So no, I don’t agree with the person that wrote this article, and think she’s wrong if she believes vet care is affordable. Not to mention ridiculous. I know 1st hand.

  20. karisa

    On August 23, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Honestly, Some ppl cannot offord to take there pet at that time! You don’t have to assume that just cause they have internet they can afford it? Well your dumb and your opinion is stupid.

  21. Lesley Gomez

    On September 6, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    I want to know who the hell you think you are sitting in judgement on others. You have a lot of nerve in this economy to tell people what they should and should’nt be able to do with their money. I have animals (2 cats and a dog who I adore) I got them when my kids were younger, have had them for more than 8 years, yes they have all been neutered, up to 2008 they had teeth cleaning, yearly shots and checkups. I would do for them before I would do anything for myself. In 2008 I lost my job due to layoffs, by 2009 my husbands business slowed down to almost nothing and my mother moved in with us to conserve. In 2010 my husband walked out and left me with no job, no money, no vehicle and a lot of bills. I also still have my 3 pets. I have one cat that has breathnig problem, one that needs her teeth cleaned badly and a dog that takes occassional seizures and borderline pancreatitis. Now getting another animal or replacing any of these should god forbid something happen I would not. But I am lucky, I was able to get a job even with all the limitations, however I make minimum wage. I am lucky I have enough to feed them Let alone even afford a cab to get them to a vet. I have sat up at nights doing even under the sun to make a sick pet comfortable, so don’t you dare sit in judgement on someone else. If you are lucky enough to have the funds to care for your pet that is good. But thinking you are superior you are not. Karma my find may cause you to be in the same position one day!!!!!

  22. Brenda Nelson

    On September 8, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Lesley if you read you would have seen that I was working part time for minimum wage. My husband had died, I was raising a daughter, and too had no money. We lived on soup and oatmeal.
    This article does not say I think I am superior. I said I sympathized with people who got pets in the past and things happened, it says I do not sympathize with those who are broke and get pets in that situation.

  23. Kale

    On September 10, 2012 at 1:30 am

    You should not act like everyone who can’t afford to take their pet to a vet is sitting on a mountain of expendable assets.

    You also should not act like everyone who isnt sitting on a mountain of expendable assets and still can’t afford to take their pet to a vet is a brainless sod who should have never owned that pet in the first place.

    When you get a pet in a situation where everything seems to be fine, and you can afford everything in your life just great, INCLUDING a pet, and then something unexpected happens (loss of job, hours, unexpected bill, SELF injury requiring you to spend money on your OWN well being) this does not mean that you should NEVER have gotten a pet, because NO ONE can forsee what will happen to them in the future. I want to take my rabbit to the vet for a checkup, but at the moment it has to wait because I recently got a serious injury of my own and need to spend money on the medication required WHILE my hours have suddenly been cut at work. I don’t think this means I should have never gotten my rabbit. I love my pet very much. I WILL find a way to keep my rabbit healthy, and I don’t think seeking help from others is a horrible thing. Sometimes there are some people who need it in this world, we don’t live in Black and White, OP. Time to get off your high horse, “just because you’ve been there”, doesnt mean you have the right to judge. Not everyone’s situation is the same.

  24. Kale

    On September 10, 2012 at 1:43 am

    To add to my previous comment, its is also not reasonable to assume that someone is just going to cancel all their communication expenses. We live in the year 2012, I don\’t know what time capsule you\’re sitting in. Our communication in this day and age is absolutely essential. Sure, it seems like a luxury to some, but I\’ve been using the internet since I was 11 years old, and its become pretty much a part of my life. I dont even have a landline at my home, I only use a cell phone due to my freelance business. Using internet and cell phones as examples for needless expenses really dates you. Besides, nowadays a basic internet connection and cell phone is incredibly inexpensive, so you can\’t possibly know that someone is spending a ton of money on it.

  25. Brenda Nelson

    On September 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Kale – again – read – my husband died when our daughter was 5. YES I know what hardship is like, I was only working part time for minimum wage.

    I only had a landline at the time for $19.95 a month.

    I also saw people driving around in $40,000 vehicles come in to the shelter and ask for money to help with vet expenses because they could not afford basic pet care – because their truck payments were too high.

    Relax, I am totally understanding about emergencies but not forgiving of those who live high off the hog and then cheap out on pet care.

  26. Brenda Nelson

    On September 10, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    Adding – please do not insult me because I could not afford the Internet or a cell phone at that time.

  27. Petowner

    On September 16, 2012 at 6:14 am

    I am very dissappointed after reading this article, I hope you haven’t had the experience of taking your nearly dead dog to an emergency vet hospital. Although I have many bills to pay and tons of expenses I do not consider myself low income and I could still not afford the cost, and I mean this literally.. I took my dog to an Emergency hospital after a pit bull attack and the bill to just clean his wounds, give him antibiotics and pain medication was 400 dls, in order to save my dog he needed an amputation , that was 4,000 to 5,000 , the surgery to actually save his Leg was nearly 7,000. I applied for credit and to my surprise I didn’t qualify. Then I called an donor organization and they would only help me with euthanasia, same thing at the humane society. Then I started thinking of people who are actually low income , if I couldn’t afford it a lOt of people can’t. And no one wants or deserves to letheir ur dog die. To my luck I found a vet in Mexico that charged me a total of $500 dls to get surgery on his leg , no amputation. Plus suturing all his wounds, antibiotics, pain medication and hospital stay for 3 days. My lil dog is fighting for his life but making slow recovery :)

  28. Meg

    On September 16, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I really dont think that you can simply tar every pet owner who cannot afford fees with the same brush. You are never fully aware of everyones circumstances. Although i agree on some things, not all. You perhaps should think of individual situations rather than people on a larger scale some of the time anyway.

  29. Ashley

    On September 20, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    I just want to say to the individual who has a lot of comments to make about pet owners and whether they can pay for vet emergency care. First of all that can be 1000$ or more just to run test and still be no further than you were before the 1000$ vet bill! As for leaving your sick, injured, or dying pet to seek help that is a great idea better than doing nothing! A simple vet appointment might be affordable but emergency care is NOT! Finally I pay 30$ monthly for my Internet and that would not pay for a simple vet appointment. I am not trying to be rude but you were, and you should know what you are talking about before you start ragging on others!

  30. Brenda Nelson

    On September 20, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Ashley, Meg, and PetOwner – this article was about basic care, vaccinations, spay/neuter, and so forth, I tried to make it clear this is not about emergency situations.

  31. Murray

    On October 11, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    things can change as for me i now have back problems and need a operation and not sure how i will be after i lost my job and were trying to live on my wifes wages either buy food and pay bills like hydro, taxes,.morgage to name a few we have cut back on alot of things allready it’s hard enough just to buy dog food so the vet is not high on the priority list it sucks for my poor dog and no one here needs the extra stress but simply the way things are we have allways had pets but now were going to have to do something with our dog he is sick and just can’t afford to take him to the vet i do agree no one should get a pet if there not going to look after it properly but things can change and sometimes not for the better hopefully i will be able to go back to work and will be able to afford vet bills in the future just don’t know what to do now

  32. J Ochoa

    On October 22, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Brenda Nelson,

    To refer to you as a C U N T would be an understatement. Your “article” is beyond elitist and you talking down to people is seriously out of line. You are what people on the internet community refer to as an online troll. You milk the fact that your huband died in order to gain ympathy from us and you insist on mentioning your “minimum wage”. FYI, rich or poor, animal need to get off the streets. In addition, veterinary care is expensive to many people, including those that do well, but are not prepared to shell out thousands of US Dollars for care. How dare you talk down to people and say that internet, other bill are frivolous…newsflash, not all of us enjoy living in the dark ages. In addition, to chatie a person for buying coffee? Really?!? I doubt one can compare a $3 coffee to a $2,000 vet bill. Many people do not have that sort of money laying around just in cae of an emergency. Many of us can afford pets, and unless one is gifted with the power to see the future, it is damn well impossible to predict when urgent care is needed. You are basically saying that unless one is a millionaire one cannot have pets, unless they are low maintenance pets. You are a delusional crack head with your head up your ass. Im sure your husband wanted to die rather than have to put up with your cold hearted shit.

  33. Brenda Nelson

    On October 28, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    to J Ochoa
    please read the article better next time – particularly this part “I will say I am sympathetic when a person cannot pay expensive treatment costs, as these costs can get into thousands of dollars, but I have little sympathy for the person who gets a puppy then complains two weeks later when it is sick that they cannot afford to take it to the vet, what on earth were they doing getting a puppy in the first place?”

    This article is NOT about emergency care it is about affording the BASIC care!

    As for mentioning my husband, I have no idea where you got the idea that I mentioned it for sympathy reasons? This was mentioned to show my own financial situation.

    Try not to be so angry, it makes you look bad and makes people dismiss any points you might be trying to make.

    Oh and one $3.00 cup of coffee is nothing, but on a daily basis these cups of coffee can easily add up to over $1,000 in a year.

  34. Jennifer

    On November 15, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    For anyone dealing with the hard decision of whether or not to pay for veterinary bills,
    I am one of those people who cannot afford veterinary expenses. I think most of us agree that veterinarians are expensive. I believe that if you have enough love to bring an animal into your home, love it, feed it, and make it part of your family, then YOU ARE A GOOD PET OWNER. I have two adopted cats and have never taken them to the vet for routine check-ups. I take them to the vet when they are ill. Right now by beloved cat, Lester, is very sick. I have already paid $500 for diagnostics and constipation treatment. He came back to me worse off, and of course the vet is telling me I need to do more. I can’t afford to spend hundreds, possibly thousands of dollars on diagnostics and treatment for this cat. All I can do is give him love, affection, and a comfortable, safe place to live. I torture myself every day because I feel like a bad pet owner. I have to try and take comfort in the fact that I adopted my cat from an over -crowded shelter, have loved it, fed it, and made it part of my family. Should I have adopted him without the disposable income to take him in for yearly vet visits? Probably not. Am I a bad pet owner because I am choosing not to spend more money on veterinary care? That is personal opinion. Please take comfort in knowing that if you have love in your heart for a pet, you are a good person. Spending hundreds of dollars a year on your pet does not decide whether or not you are a good, responsible, pet owner.

  35. Brenda Nelson

    On November 21, 2012 at 12:06 am

    I found a good place that does have free vet advice online.

    http://theanimalcabin.blogspot.ca/2012/11/where-can-you-get-real-veterinarian.html

  36. Pamela Bartos

    On January 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Dear Brenda,

    I think you are biased and judgmental. I know more about cats than you do having been around them all of my life! Not all cats or dogs are bought and not all farm cats are mistreated! I was born and raised on a farm and cats just come with the territory. Most of our cats were strays or dumped in our ditch. We took them in, took care of them, and made sure they had food and love. The cats and dogs were my best friends and made my life more endurable when I was picked on for most of my childhood. When one of my cats had kittens I would just fall in love and I could not bear to lose them, even though we have give some away to good homes. I thik killing kittens and abandoning them is inhumane. We are responsible for all creatures born on the farm. We would have loved to get all of our cats vaccinated and fixed but farmers just don’t make that kind of money. We lived frugally, because we just couldn’t afford the nice things. We still can’t. My parents are very good people and they did the best they could. Our cats and dogs had a real home with loving people and that is better than having an animal live with a rich family who abuses and I bet there are rich people who don’t deserve animals. Now, being grown I am trying hard to take care of all my cats and it is my goal to get them all treated and fixed but I have problems outside of my control and I am just getting my life in order. My mom just died of cancer last summer and that has hurt me and my dad financially. But we still do the best we can. We make sure they are fed and most do live in the house and are very healthy. Once I finish my education and land a job I will make sure each and every cat is all treated. Just don’t judge until you have lived in someone elses shoes. Find God too he would never act like you.

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