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  • Benny The Jack

    If you are the type to go out and want a mill-produced designer dog over the thousands of perfectly healthy and loving cheap ones at the shelter, its kinda hard to feel bad for you for paying a lot.
    However, its very easy to feel bad for a dog who thought he finally found a family only to be taken by a repo man where, as an older dog then, its future most likely involves an inability to be sold (people who buy designer dags aren't typically the same type that'd take care of an old one) and euthanasia

  • USAF Retired

    Had they read the contract more closely, they would have known exactly what they were getting into. Anyway, who buys a pet with their roommate? What happens when you each go your separate ways? Oh, I know, they go to Judge Judy.

  • TexasVulcan

    Please consider adopting a dog or cat that needs a home from a shelter. Many are waiting right now.

  • Impetus

    If you truly don't intend to take the animal back, why not just give a loan instead of having people sign a lease?

    Also, I get that not all shelters have an animal you connect to, but if you can afford a pet store dog your money might be better spent traveling to other shelters around you to find the right companion.

  • Jenna

    I have ZERO SYMPATHY for people who get ripped off because they just haaaaad to have some fashionable designer breed. Breeding these animals is a disgusting practice that should be banished. If you REALLY want a companion instead of just a stupid fashion accessory, then go to the pound and adopt one!

  • Th3OnlyOn3

    I fear for any dog in a home cared for by people stupid enough to agree to these loans.

  • DeleteMeNot

    Rent To Own..... all such "sales" are predatory... but people want "stuff"

  • Rubber Banned

    If you're the kind of person who wants a "designer" dog like a fashion accessory then you probably deserve the result.

  • turtlemouth

    There are shelters full of animals living on borrowed time. It may not match your outfit but saving a life is cooler than anything in your closet.

  • snake

    There are wonderful pets at shelters run by the Humane Society and ASPCA and other agencies where for a small fee you can give a pet a home. They are the best way to find your next dog or cat.

  • lambimt

    Why would anybody finance a pet? If you cannot afford the price of the pet then what makes you think you can afford the up keep of a pet?

  • Dave

    Both needs to go away. You shouldn't be able to finance pets, and designer dogs need to not be a thing.

  • Ole Sckooler

    And yet these are the same kind of young folks who holler and whine about the rising cost a gallon of gasoline. However goes out and "buy" a pet pretty much on credit and cry crocodile tears when get taken by a PT Barnum. Go figure!

  • Blaize Rage

    I wouldn't buy a dog that costs more than $100. Get a pet from the shelter or humane society.

  • Elena

    If you love animals -- go to the pound ans save one fm death.

  • PhatDevil

    Here's a hint. Pup costs $1300 and you don't have that kind of cash on hand, then go to the bank and request a loan. And why the hell would you buy a $1300 puppy if you know when you saw the price tag that you couldn't afford it. IDIOTS

  • SouthernCT

    If you have a Pet get Pet Insurance. I just got hit with $6K! Insurance would have covered it.

  • Joseph Colorado

    Yet, the very same people that sign the leases can't drag their sorry butts to the animal shelter, pet rescues to adopt a pet .... oh, no .... they have to be like the dolts they follow on twitter and the media because they want to be just like a Kardashian ....

  • Yooper

    According to the article: "Pet leasing is a predatory practice that preys on people who cannot always afford a companion animal." Many wonderful companion animals are currently waiting for adoption, and are either free or available for a very nominal fee. This has nothing to do with people who can't afford a companion animal. Rather it has to do with people who want something they can't afford when a cheaper option is available to them. Cars, electronics, animals, etc. There is a reason rent-to-own stores are so successful. I don't believe this is a predatory practice. A pet is not one of life's necessity that one cannot live without.

  • Chuck Heston

    I had no idea that leasing pets was even a thing. How stupid.

  • jackson chapman

    PLEASE. Go to your local shelter. There are WONDERFUL dogs there that you can get for a small fee (to cover health costs).

  • Rosetta

    If pet stores can't sell their puppies at the prices they charge, they should lower the prices.

  • 3 Wise Men

    Figures it'd be a democrat. One day they'll want to sit in your living room full time.

  • JuPMod

    Gee, all those homeless cats and dogs in shelters, yet people want a particular *breed* thus they are willing to spend so much money to get one. I understand the attractiveness, yet if people can't afford to buy the pet, they should not bother at all to get it. This pet lending is wrong and should be stop.

  • D. Carol

    "Designer Dogs" should be outlawed, period!

  • 415man

    There are millions of great dogs (and cats) at shelters that are free (or nearly so) who desperately need homes

  • Disqus1451

    I absolutely disagree with this type of practice. It should be illegal. That being said, if you can’t afford the 1k for this puppy, you shouldn’t get the dog. Shots, spay/neutering, food, new toys and bedding, crates, etc... all going to add up to more than that. Food every month, treats, dog sitters or kenneling when out of town, emergency vet visits, medication as needed, and so on. These things add up. If you can’t pay to buy the dog up front, don’t. If that drains your savings, don’t. The first couple years can be very expensive. As the dog ages, even more expensive. My young boy is past the expensive stuff now. My old girl, costing more. She needs more care and is on one medication, although it’s not expensive meds. She is truly in great shape though. Vet says she appears half her age! My dogs are the world to me. I couldn’t bare to think I couldn’t afford the care they need. If you need a payment plan just to buy the dog, please wait and consider all the additional expenses after the initial purchase of your new family member.