Thursday, February 27, 2014

Thinking of adopting a pet while in school? You may want to reconsider...

Hey pet lovers!  Thinking about getting a furry friend to share your rental with?  Before you do, think about the responsibilities that come with owning a pet.  First of all, you need to make sure that your landlord allows pets.  If pets aren’t allowed and you get one anyway, you could be fined or evicted.  Pets also cost a lot of money.  Your landlord will require a pet deposit.   You also need to feed them, clean them and dispose of their waste.  The costs of these chores quickly adds up.  Pets also need to be registered and vaccinated, costing you more dollars. 

 Don’t forget the legal obligations that come with owning pets.  There are several city ordinances that you must follow.  City ordinance #3310 requires pet owners to keep their dogs leashed when in streets, parks and on trails.  Failure to comply with this ordinance can result in a fine up to $500.  That’s a lot of dough!  Keep in mind that owning a pet is a long term commitment.  Dogs and cats live at least 5 years, some up to 20, so make sure you have the time to love them and keep them happy and healthy.  For more information on city pet ordinances and becoming a responsible pet owner visit one or both of these websites, www.ci.missoula.mt.us and www.co.missoula.mt.us'


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