Flexpetz, a for-profit company, is offering dog “ownership” to people who may not be ready for the commitment dogs require. The dogs come from rescues and are available for rent in San Diego and Los Angeles for a fee.
Itchmo Forum members are discussing the wisdom of being able to rent a pet. It’s a story that we reported on several months ago that seems to have caught the media’s attention just recently.
Here’s what some members had to say:
“Bad idea! who knows what the renter will do to the animals? The dog is not going to tell… Renting out any animal is a stupid, irresponsible and uncaring idea.”
“It’s a matter of what constitutes a better life for the animals. Getting basic care from people who can’t afford expensive food or vet bills is better than languishing in shelters, getting dumped by the road, being euthanized despite good health because nobody wants them, etc.”
So how much is that rental doggie in the window?
Flexpetz charges an annual fee of $99.95, a monthly fee of $49.95, and a per-visit charge of $24.95 a day. There is a $15 surchage for Fridays or Saturdays. If you want to rent a dog for 26 Saturdays in a year (ever other week), it will cost you
almost $1,200 more than $1,700. But that cost does include food, veterinary checks and other costs of raising the dog.