How much is that doggy in the window? There are many costs to consider, beyond the initial investment, when adding a pet to your family. On average, households in the U.S. spend more than $500 a year on their pets. With that in mind, here are some costs to keep in mind to ensure you and your new pet will be off to a great start: 

Initial costs for your new best friend: Adoption fees and the essentials like a leash and collar, food, water bowls, a bed and a crate. There will also be a fee for licensing your new pet with the animal service agency in your jurisdiction. Your new pet may also need to be spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped (animals adopted from Wenatchee Valley Humane Society already include these care basics).

Ongoing costs: Food, treats, toys, pet insurance and flea medication for your pet.

The little “extra” costs that may occasionally arise: Medication, grooming, pet sitting and ‘the puppy ate my glasses’ expenses your new family member could cost you in the long run.

A great article about budgeting for your pet: