Pets have a way of bringing their human companions boundless joy, along with opportunities for exercise, an escape from loneliness, and so much more.
But not everyone wants to own pet. For one thing, they’re expensive. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), a pet owner will spend, on average, between $1,400 and $2,000 caring for a dog the first year and just under $1,200 caring for a cat. And, as any pet owner knows, pets require commitment, attention, and careful planning to ensure they’re looked after when you travel. For many animal lovers, that’s too much responsibility.