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himanshu May 17th, 2009 06:59 PM

Should I give up my pet?
Hi all,

I'm sorry to say due to the crappy ass economy my father lost his job and money has become really tight. My mom lost her job earlier this year and lexi who I bought for them was a great help. She keeps them active and busy. Got my dad out of depression when he got laid off last week.

Originally, I had all the funds to pay for her, but now I'm giving that money to my parents to cover for their new medical coverage deductible.

That includes the pet insurance.

She's had her first shots and has everything in place for her.

Only thing I don't think I can pay for is her future shots (I think she has 3 left for the year). She is 11 weeks old.

I'm a student and can't afford much.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Things should be turning on the bright side next year and we should have money for all her expenses including pet insurance.

I want to be responsible and make sure she gets all the medical attention necessary.

What should I do? Should I give her up?

Thanks for all your suggestions. The lay off was such a shock.

Etown_Chick May 17th, 2009 08:38 PM

Please don't give up your dog. Whatever it takes to keep her, do it, even if it means no health insurance for her for a while (if that's what you have to do).
Our dogs are family. In your post you even said she is important to your parent's emotional and physical health.
Was talking to a dog park buddy about this very thing yesterday...we both agreed we'd go to a food bank for ourselves before we'd part with our furries. This sounds like a short term challenge. I encourage you to do what you need to do to keep your little companion.

luckypenny May 17th, 2009 08:42 PM

Have you discussed giving up your pup with your parents? When I was younger, bad economy or not, I was always able to find a part-time job, even a few hours a week in order to save up for something I needed. Is that an option for you?

LavenderRott May 17th, 2009 09:14 PM

Check around. I know that some of the "chain" vet offices in my area are offering discounts on shots. Also - check your local shelters and big box pet stores. I know that in Michigan, some of the PetCo stores have once a month shot clinics. Check around with some local rescue groups. They may know of some place you can get some help.

Don't give up your puppy unless you absopositivitlutely have to.

TacoGrl May 17th, 2009 09:15 PM

It's funny you should ask this...I have been thinking a lot about folks who lose their jobs and can't keep their pets...I saw a story on the news about it was so sad. :cry: To give up a member of the family because hard times have hit and then when you get back on your feet and that member is gone :cry: I too say FIND a way to keep Lexi...Lexi isn't is like if you hit on hard times and your parents gave you away instead of trying to work things out.

After seeing the story, I have started giving cat food and litter to the food bank when I can (things are sure tough for me right now too, so I give what I can :sad:)...they sure need it and they are always so much more thankful when they see it mixed in with the people food.

Good luck :fingerscr

angeldogs May 17th, 2009 09:30 PM

I wouldn't give up your pet/family memeber.everyone is going through job loss.things will turn around.there is getting a part-time job like luckypenny mentioned.and talk to your parents let them know how you feel and if your pup is that important to you and them they will find away to make things work out.

sugarcatmom May 17th, 2009 11:34 PM

Not sure where you're located, but if it's in the U.S. this link might help you find low-cost vaccinations and vet care, and some even offer help with pet food: [url][/url]

kiara May 18th, 2009 11:06 AM

Please don't give up your dog. Dogs and cats have a special job to do for us and it would be another heartbreak for all of you. You could always borrow money in the meantime. People don't realise that we can survive on very little and still be happy. Good luck in your parents' search for jobs.

BenMax May 18th, 2009 11:07 AM

Due to the economy, there are shelters that are actually assisting people. They have donated food banks etc. Also, some rescue groups also may have a fund for emergencies to assist. Most rescues get food donations by companies....they may have some extra grub and would be more than happy to assist.

I remember WAY back when I was a single mom with 6 cats and 2 dogs. I lost my job and was jobless for 8 months. I did however go back to school during this time. Once I graduated, I got some pretty crappy jobs that required me to be away from my child during 12 hour shifts. The money was crap.

Where there is a will there is a way. I remember cashing in bottles just to ensure that everyone was fed. It was a humbling time in my life - but I did it and I am damn proud of myself looking back. No one animal or person in my family suffered. We made it!:)

lia12 May 18th, 2009 01:25 PM

No, please don't give up your dog. I read on a few other forums where someone gave up 2 dogs, 2 cats, ferrets and what not. It was heartbreaking the way they got these pets on a whim and disposed of them like they were garbage you put at the curb.
There's always a way to keep your dog. Even if you have to buy a cheaper brand food for a while, do without a few sodas, any other frills until you get back on your feet. Some food banks are carrying pet food now, you could use them until your luck changes. Even put off the shots if you have to or borrow from a relative who would be happy to help I bet.

himanshu May 18th, 2009 04:22 PM

Thanks for your support everyone :)

I don't think I can give her up. She's too loving and we've bonded with her so much.

I'm in Toronto so I don't think there are any agencies that help out students with vet bills etc... but w/e I'm going to sacrifice a few meals and going out to make money somehow lol.

Heck, if I can manage to get As in my exams next week, I might be able to qualify for some grants :)

Mat&Murph May 18th, 2009 04:27 PM

It is always hard in times like this but where there is a will there is a way. Believe me I struggle with my boys and food bills and vets. I can get very creative when I need be. but family needs to stick together and my boys are family so we get it done. I super bargian shop. With 4 kids and 2 mastiffs, I can sneak by.

Etown_Chick May 18th, 2009 11:33 PM

congrats! I'm sure you'll make it work.
Here are some links in Toronto that might help:
Food Bank (Daily Bread): [url][/url]

Help with utility bills (LIEN Program): [url][/url]

Low cost spay/neuter (Spaycentral):[url][/url]

Animal Control in some areas in Ont are offering low cost rabies shots - they are around $20 I am told.

Sorry I could not find a place that can help you with dog food, but you can certianly ask the food bank or the rescues.

Best of luck to you

Marty11 May 19th, 2009 08:08 AM

The Humane Society in York Region offers a cheaper vaccination clinic finally.

Chris21711 May 19th, 2009 10:50 AM

[QUOTE=Marty11;781190]The Humane Society in York Region offers a cheaper vaccination clinic finally.[/QUOTE]

They do but only when you are having your pet spayed/neutered. They don't give shots only.

There is a clinic in Scarborough that Happycats mentioned who offer cheaper vaccinations, I will try to find the link.

himanshu May 21st, 2009 11:08 AM

Thanks a lot for the support. It might mean being cheaper for a while, but we will bet here for her :)

Was having a rough day yesterday and nothing got be up from being down. Except her and her craziness lol.

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