This is something I've wanted to talk about for a while now (ever since we got Rex) and never seems to get around to it. So here it is..... Free Pets are not ever free!
This may seem to be common sense but when we are faced with that cute little puppy, cuddly kitten, or adorable turtle I think its something we forget.
We adopted Rex the Turtle who when his owner couldn't keep him and he was going to be disposed of. Now this same owner had two other turtles that was adopted by someone else and they took the tank that they were in. Well in the face of this handsome little fellow we lost our common sense and said well he's free we'll take him and give him a good home. And we did he has a great tank fit for a growing turtle, two lights one for heat and one for sunlight (they need it to keep their shells strong) a log which he loves to sun himself on and a super filter to keep his home clean. (we bought this separate as the one the kit came with wasn't very good) This lovely turtle home cost us about $170..... That isn't including the super filter that we got on sale at 50% off for $100. Now when we when shopping we decided we wanted to make sure we didn't have to get another home because he out grew his first house and I know some people who will shell out $30 - $50 for a small tank then get the lights and other stuff and later have to buy a larger tank. We didn't want to do that. So we opted for the kit with the large tank. Now this isn't even talking about the extra water and electric added to our bills.
Now don't think we regret it he is a wonderful pet who is fun to watch and he even enjoys being petted once he decides you picking him up doesn't mean he is going to be eaten LOL.
Of course this lack of common sense goes for any "Free pet" you might think of. That box of puppies out in front of the local super market just waiting to go home with you is going to cost you. There is not just the food but vet bill, food and water bowls, a bed, leash, and collar, name tag and depending on where you live registration fees. Cats need those things too (well except the registration fees ).
Please don't think I'm trying to dissuade you from getting one of these lovable friends.... I can't imagine life without pets to keep me company. But make sure you remember what your are getting into.