what about people who can't afford medical care for their pet?
I have seen some posts on pet forums where the attitude of the poster was "If someone can't afford any medical treatment their pet needs, they don't need to have one." I patially agree... just not with the "any" part. If someone is going to neglect their pet or not do annual vet visits, then there is a problem. Or if someone can't hold down a steady job and is taking in a 6th cat or 2nd dog or whatever the case may be, THAT is irresponsible and selfish. I am a college student completely supporting myself... if something happened to my cat that required surgery that is over 500.00 I would not be able to pay for it. I would have to seriously condsider the alternative. Does that make me a bad pet owner? OF COURSE NOT! Unless you think my cat would have been better off getting euthanized at the shelter, or run over by a car on the street! At least the time we shared together was happy for both of us. If people have the money and don't want to spend it, that's one thing. But, if I have to choose between paying the bills or giving my cat heart transplant (or whatever he would need), I believe at that point MY survival would be more important. And of course pet insurance is always an option, before something goes wrong that is.