One thing I see on almost every run is someone out walking their dog. Having a pet in NYC is no walk in the park. Growing up my family had countless pets… dogs, cats, fish, parakeets, pollywogs, salamanders, chameleons, etc. It sounds like I grew up in a zoo. We also had a large yard and a doggie door. When the dog needed to do his business, he went outside on his own and took care of himself. Here in NYC things are a tad different. Doggie doors wouldn't be a good idea here. So instead dogs have to be taken out. Most people work long hours and are not around to walk their dog multiple times a day. So instead we have the notorious NYC dog walkers. I'm sure you've all seen them in a movie or on tv, but have you ever thought about how much they cost? A dog walker is anywhere from $15-$30 a walk. That can add up quickly. Having a pet in NYC is not cheap. According to the Loot Blog, after food, walks, dog sitting, grooming, and the vet it could cost up to $16,800. Which is higher than the USDA estimated average of raising a child of $12,600 to $14,700. That's a serious commitment!
There is approximately 1.1 million pets in the city. 600,000 dogs and 500,000 cats.
Not to mention, having a pet makes finding a NYC apartment even tougher than it already is.
Check out the NY Times Article, What Pet Owners Must Do To Get NY Apartments, if you'd like to know more.
Just for a laugh.. I even found some lady asking on yelp message boards, if she should get a cat to get rid of the mice in her NYC apartment. Unfortunately, this was a serious question. Luckily, people told her she was crazy.
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