Are You Ready for a Pet?


Are You Ready for a Pet?

It’s easy to fall in love with an adorable puppy or kitten; however, don’t get a pet on a whim! Raising a pet is a lifetime commitment. Pets often arrive at animal shelters – not because of the pet – but because of changes at the pet’s former home such as divorce, downsizing or because the family didn’t realize the expense and energy that went into raising a pet.

Compare some pets by using this chart.

Prices below are approximate and are meant to be used for comparison purposes only.

Adoptions at the HSMO chesterfield valley center
Pet Humane Society of Missouri
Adoption Fee
Annual Vet Expenses Monthly Food Expenses Daily Care Time Life Expectancy
Guppy Not available $0 $1 3-5 minutes 2-3 years
Hamster $ $0 $5 30 minutes 1-4 years
Guinea Pig $ $50-$75 $15 30 minutes 5-8 years
Rabbit $$ $75-$100 $25 1 hour 8-10 years
Goat $$ $15-$30 $30 2-3 hours 10-12 years
Potbellied Pig $$ $200-
$250
$20 2-3 hours 10-15 years
Cat/Kitten $$$ $100-
$150
$30 1-2 hours 14-20 years
Dog/Puppy $$$ $200-
$250
$50 2-4 hours 10-20 years
Horse $$$$ $500-
$650
$100 2-3 hours 20-25 years
Parrot Not available $100-
$300
$20-$30 1 hour 40+ years