A VISTA Member with the College Health Corps, Aria, was given a great gift several months ago when she graduated from Winona State University: a 3.5 pound Mikapoo (Maltese-Poodle-Papillion-mix) puppy. While the puppy, Meekah, has brought Aria much joy, she can be quite costly.
Making the AmeriCorps living allowance work while having a pet comes with challenges. Specifically when it comes to dogs, the average cost of wo/man’s best friend is somewhere between $10,000 and $14,000 over the course of the animal’s life (source: American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). You might be spending a significant amount during your AmeriCorps service on your pup! If you have your heart set on owning a dog, follow these cost-saving measures.