Adoption is a long-term commitment
Thanks to better health care and diets, the lifespan of dogs has doubled in the past four decades to an average of 12 years, while domestic cats now live to about 15 years, compared to nine in 1995.
It’s not cheap, either
According to the ASIC’s (Australian Securities and Investments Commission) MoneySmart, the average cost of owning a dog in Australia is $1,475 per year: $622 for food, $397 for veterinarian care, $129 for grooming, $248 for health products and $86 for boarding expenses. Add pet insurance on top of that. The cost of owning a cat is around $1,029 per year.
You may be saving a life
When you adopt from a shelter or rescue group, you’re not only gaining a beloved friend, you may be saving a life – during 2020 some shelters have seen increases between 20 and 60% in fostering and adoptions.