Working in the vet field for many years I have run across this additude alot and I have to dissagree. Here's the senario: Family gets new puppy. Puppy gets XXX horrible disease or hit by car, or any of the other hundreds of calamities that can happen to a puppy. It is going to cost $$$$ to fix said puppy. Family doesn't have $$$$ so tearfully decides to have puppy put down. Vet staff or friends or co-workers or whoever says if they didn't have the money to fix XXX then they shouldn't have an animal to begin with. (This is usually said behind the family's back.) So my question is: Is pet ownership only for the rich or at least financially stable? Do poor (or even middle class) people not deserve the benefit of pet ownership because they can't afford to treat the worst that can happen. What about if they can't afford vaccines and routine health care? The best foods? Here's my opinion. I think that the benefits of pet ownership are immense. I think children learn responsibility and love and respect for the living by caring for a pet. If a family can't afford the very best I don't think they should be excluded from learning these things. It would be great if every animal in the world could get its shots and be cared for with the best money can buy, There are so many unwanted animals being euthanized each year but there are some that say that someone shouldn't adopt them if they can't afford to take the best care of them. Now I am not talking about the people who buy a status pet, such as a Pitt Bull or "Rockweiller", tie it in the backyard, neglect it, feed scraps, don't notice that the thing is wasting away from some awful disease, and don't care when it dies and just go out and buy another one. I'm talking about people who genuinely care about their animals and do everything in the limited means to take care of their animals. I've always seemed to be in the minority in my opinion at the vet clinics I've worked at. I just wanted to know what the opinion is among regular people. So what do you think?