Getting a pet is undoubtedly an exciting time, but before you open your home to a new furry friend, check to make sure your budget allows for it. While the financial side of pet adoption may be less fun than browsing the shelter, understanding how much a pet will cost at the time of adoption and throughout its life is an important stage in every new pet owners journey. Once you lock eyes with that sweet cat or dog you may be tempted to bring them home before you do a deep dive into your budget. However, doing so helps decrease the number of pets returned to shelters and rescue groups. This infographic about the true cost of pet ownership is a great place to start your budgeting.