|Purred: Tue Apr 12, '11 9:28am PST |
|As a person who is low income and on SSDI, I thought very careful whether or not if I could afford to have a cat. I made a informed choice. When Buster found me, I knew that I had the means to take care of him. I don't have any children and being single makes a huge difference for me. I believe that low income/unemployed people have every right to have pets when they make informed decision and know the cost of having a pet. Low income doesn't mean dirt poor, completely no money, or ignoronce.
There are people who don't need pets, even those who have lots of money - they make bad choices based upon what their child(ren), status, or whatever, just as well as low income people do. If one has the ablility to love, take of, and honestly be able to care for their pet(s) income shouldn't matter. If low income is the main issue than making that informed choice is vital. Pets have been proven to help people, especially those who have disabilities and who are often low income, do much better. There are ways to help those with low
income have pets and help take care of them. You need to investigate your community to find out if they can help should the need arise. Where I live, if you need help with food and cat litter, there is a place that will help a person.
It is sad that people thing they have a right to make a judgments about others in situations they are not in. Yes, there are always a few bad apples in a bunch, don't group all low income/unemployeed people in that group of bad apples.
I don't get what the deal is for those who don't know why low income folks shouldn't have pets.
For those of us who are low income and have pets, we are lucky to have the love of our must wonderous pets! They love us unconditional!
We have just as much right to have them as anyone else does if not more!!! So all of us that have a pet and are low income deserve a great big hug for loving and caring about our pets!
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