BBB of the Tri-Counties reminds us that owning a pet can bring your family much joy, but taking care of a dog, cat, or other animal comes with significantcosts too. Unfortunately, this year, many pet owners have found themselves in a heartbreaking situation, forced to give up their pets for financial reasons. If you are thinking about taking home an adorable furry friend, it’s wise to check your budget first. According to the American Kennel Club, dog owners can expect to spend about $15,000 over the lifetime of their pet. In this episode, you’ll hear about the costs that you should consider before getting a new dog, cat, bird, or other pet. A BIG thank you to Ayers Automotive Repairs in Santa Barbara, for sposoring this podcast.