Is the Real Estate Economy So Bad that People Can't Afford Their Pets?

Real Estate Agent with Florida Property Experts
Real Estate & Port Orange Community Events blog. By Lisa C. Hill, "THE SMART CHOICE!"

I was shocked when I recently read an article in our local newspaper, indicating that due to the economy, people are being forced to give up their pets. Of all the things I've heard about this horrible economy, this has to be one of the most depressing. I'm going to share something that recently happened with one of our pets. But make sure you read all the way to the bottom for a FREE way, yes I said a FREE way to help the pets that have lost their homes!

cat napJust last week, one of my cats came within hours of dying. I won't go into details, but suffice it to say, after one night in the animal hospital, and the next 4 days and nights at the veterinarian's office, the bill was very high. So high that since the very first night, every person my husband and I have told about the incident has made an inconsiderate, obnoxious, or rude comment about the amount of money we spent to save our cat. Apparently, many people have a pre-determined dollar amount that they consider the maximum they would spend to save a pet. My husband and I had a different outlook.

My husband was the one who took our kitty to the veterinary hospital on the night he almost died. When he was told how much it would cost to help our kitty, he called me. I was borderline hysterical, and in no condition to make a decision, but even I was shocked at the dollar amount. But my husband made the decision to save "Whiskers". I was heartbroken at the thought that I might lose my kitty, and my husband knew that.

That evening when he got home, my husband was in no mood to talk about the events at the animal hospital, so I waited until the next morning to ask a few questions. Apparently he had taken a very analytical cat sleepingapproach to his decision to pay for Whiskers' treatment. He said that he took into consideration the age of the pet, the type and severity of the illness, what quality of life Whiskers would have after treatment, whether or not we could afford the treatment, etc. And his decision was to pay for the treatment. And to be honest, we almost couldn't afford it. Our anniversary is this month, and my birthday and Christmas are next month. But I would rather have my sweet kitty than any gifts. Whiskers is the best gift I can have for all 3 of these upcoming celebrations. On every occasion, in some way I'll be celebrating the life of my furry friend.

But I realize that sometimes, people really can't afford the surprise health crises and astronomical costs than can be incurred. And I would always put the health of my "people" family first. But I can't say that I would assign a specific dollar amount to a pet, well in advance of any problems, without even knowing what my financial situation may be at that cat playing with feathersfuture date. But apparently that's what some people do.

I know. I'm kinda cranky right now. But you would not believe some of the inconsiderate comments I've received in the last week, in addition to the difficulty I've had in trying to get Whiskers to take his remaining medicine (we won't go there). I still bear the battle wounds.

I've had this post planned since before Whiskers got sick. So you just got the bonus of a recent, personal (TMI?) story, and maybe a few things to think about in regards to your own pets. But what I really wanted to provide was a link to The Animal Rescue Site. Yes, it's actually called The Animal Rescue Site.

The Animal Rescue Site has animal rescue stories, toys for your pets, it supports several other pet sites, sells paw-print sticky notes, and plenty of other merchandise. Most importantly, don't forget to Click to Give FREE Food and Care to all the abandoned pets.

Oh, and Whiskers is well on his way to a full recovery =)

Lisa Hill real estate agent

Adams Cameron Realtors

This blog is just general information by a Port Orange real estate agent. If you followed the link embedded in Whiskers' name, you know by now that I found this cat when showing a vacant house to some buyer friends of mine. The sellers of the house had moved out and left the cat behind.

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Comments (19)

Liz Moras Migic
Chilliwack, BC
Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor

Wow - unbelievable....i know here you can by pet insurance....I'm not sure howmany people to- but those unexpected vet bills are enough  to make you take out a 2nd mortgage sometimes.......i'm glad your kitty is doing better..........!

Nov 16, 2008 03:29 PM
C Tann-Starr
Tann Starr & Associates, Inc. - Palm Bay, FL

Oh my word... kinda cranky, indeed (LOL). Trying to give a cat a pill can be a hair raising experience. I'm glad Whiskers is getting better. :-)

Nov 16, 2008 03:34 PM
Jeff Belonger
Social Media - Infinity Home Mortgage Company, Inc - Cherry Hill, NJ
The FHA Expert - FHA Loans - FHA mortgages - USDA loans - VA Loans

Lisa... I would expect this to be the case, as sad as it may sound. I know my neighbor told me one day, because he was struggling with his finances, that his cat wasn't taken care of for a day or two....  but some people value pets differently, right or wrong...  and in regards to feeding a cat a pill... when I was much younger, my mom had a cat and we had to give it a pill once a day for a few weeks... and it was a pain at times. But animals should be considered family... if not, why even have one?  two... or 20...  lol  Yes, you could be a cat woman, that was shown on tv in our local area a year ago... she had like 40 cats... 3 or 5 dogs... a few birds and a few other animals... now, someone like that, shouldn't be able to have that many... it was a sick site to see...

jeff belonger

Nov 16, 2008 03:41 PM
Lynda Eisenmann
Preferred Home Brokers - Brea, CA
Broker-Owner,CRS,CDPE,GRI,SRES, Brea,CA, Orange Co

Hi Lisa,

I think giving up a family pet is something that's happening in lots of places. I've heard of it before myself. And making matters worse our shelters are overflowing with so many abandoned pets from all the foreclosures.

Nov 16, 2008 03:50 PM
Susie Blackmon
Ocala, FL
Ocala, Horses, Western Wear, Horse Farms, Marketing

I'm glad Whiskers is better! We have a great rescue service here and they are overloaded, as is the 'pound' but are doing what they can to find foster families for the pets until they can find them a home. Breaks my heart. My kitty, who wandered into my yard, scared and hungry, a year ago, is now asleep on her favorite pillow (with heating pad) on my bed, after saying my home is too small for an animal.  It is a tiny little cabin, but she doesn't mind at all.

Nov 16, 2008 06:52 PM
Ann Allen Hoover
RE/MAX Advantage South - Hoover, AL
CDPE SRES ASP e-PRO Realtor - Homes for Sale - AL

I first heard about this site back in the summer, I think.  I am glad you shared it, you can click in everyday.

Your story about Whiskers almost had me in tears....I am they same way about mine and the last time I lost one.....well it was just bad.  I'm glad he is getting better!

Nov 17, 2008 01:06 AM
Betina Foreman
WJK Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, C.N.E., with WJK REALTY

Pet insurance is great, but you almost never find out about it until you already need it. I am glad Whiskers pulled through. Good luck!


Nov 17, 2008 01:08 AM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Lisa-  I am glad Whiskers is better, and yo are right. The cost of taking care of a pet can be cumbersome particularly if they have a serious illness. Thanks for tbring this to our attention.

Nov 17, 2008 01:17 AM
Cristal Drake
Prudential California Realty - Fullerton, CA
Realtor - Fullerton Real Estate

Lisa, I am so happy to read the happy ending.  We are hearing about it so much on the news here too; about how people are turning in their pets because they can not afford them.

Your husband sounds like mine, very analytical.  It is good when you have a hysterical wife!  I will click on the link!

Nov 17, 2008 01:51 AM
Russell Lewis
Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate - Austin, TX

Lisa, one of my partners work with an animal shelter and it is becoming ab igger problem all the time! I am so glad whiskers is fine. Pets are such an integral part of a family!

Nov 17, 2008 09:43 AM
Terri Visser
Desert Sky Real Estate, LLC - Redmond, OR
CRS - 12 Years Selling Central Oregon Real Estate

Glad to hear Whiskers is recovering.  We have been in the same sticker shock boat so I completely understand the internal conflict.  And I just did my click for the day :~)

Nov 17, 2008 09:52 AM
Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman
Liberty Homes - Mililani, HI

I'm with you on this one...I would take a day of my poochie being well and having her around for awhile than any christmas gift. In fact, that's my christmas gift. Healthy family, healthy Shadow :)

Nov 18, 2008 03:18 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

Hey, Lisa. I'm glad Whiskers is okay. I love your husband's analytical approach. That's exactly what I would have done. Of course, how much our little Zoey means to both Jim and me carries a little extra weight.

Dec 02, 2008 01:49 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

You should have that link open in a child window so we can come back to the post to comment.  I guess that according to my area shelter it is absolutely rampant.  Evicted people just leaving the pets in the house.  One friend who moved out of the area saw a dog starving on the next door neighbors property and brought over some dog food for the dog.  The owner went ballistic and thru the food all over the ground and told her to mind her own business.  Needless to say she called the ASPCA and she now is fostering the dog.  Just don't get some people!

My sister just went thru a similiar incident when her dog died from Lepto and she tried to save it.  People really put her thru alot with their rude comments.  You are right, evidently each person has a 'pet dollar amount' in mind.  What would they do with an elderely relative ya think?

Dec 04, 2008 04:36 AM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Lyn- I took your advice and set the link to open in a new window.

And some people are just evil. That's all I can think about.

Dec 04, 2008 12:30 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lisa, There is no dollar amount that you can put and say that is the limit...we went thru something very simmillar this year as your whiskers,  our Douggy has been getting fluids since then first five days a week, then three days a week and now we are down to two a week. He has made phenomenal improvements. We nicknamed him "Diane's black lexus" since now Diane has to continue driving her Honda Civic for a bit longer:)))BTW she is driving it gladly

Dec 05, 2008 06:34 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Endre- Are you sure you don't want to start calling him just "Lexus"? LOL. But I can understand. Our 10th anniversary ended up being just a day with each other. We didn't even exchange cards... we actually could have afforded cards... I don't think it would have been wise to leave ourselves THAT short of cash! But to be honest, not having any pressure to create a "special" day for our anniversary wasn't such a bad thing. We just enjoyed spending time together =)

Dec 06, 2008 09:56 AM
Sue Eller
Realogics Sotheby's International Realty-Sequim - Sequim, WA

Very sad situation. I have heard many stories of homes here in California where they have found abandoned animals in REO homes. I am a major animal lover and can't imagine how this can get to this point. We can bail out everyone under the sun regarding the economic crisis but I see no attempt to provide bail out money to the animal shelters. It's a true shame.

Dec 12, 2008 04:45 PM
Pacita Dimacali
Alain Pinel - Oakland, CA
Alameda/Contra Costa Counties CA

I've heard of pets abandoned at the foreclosed homes, too. And then I see homeless people sharing their food, bite for bite, with their pets. We also hear of well-to-do people who totally mistreat their animals. I don't think the economy has anything to do with how people calre for their pets. Some are simply thoughtless and cruel, while others will sacrifice so much for theirs.

Now, I'm going to give my dogs a big hug!

Dec 12, 2008 05:06 PM

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