The True Cost of Pets

Thinking of getting a pet?

The American Kennel Club says the average lifetime cost of raising a dog: $23,000. Indoor cats: eight to eleven thousand dollars. Now, I’m not against pets. They provide protection, teach children responsibility, and are great companions. There are just a number of expenses to consider besides the cost of purchase or adoption. I recommend you try pet-sitting or fostering to see if it’s really feasible.

Jesus said, For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost…” (Luke 14:28) Likewise, which of you, desiring to bless your family, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether you have enough to own a pet?

For help counting the cost, download our “Easy Guide to a Budget You Love” at crown.org.

Step into this next season in control of your finances.