Saw a heartbreaking photo on my Facebook feed. An owner surrendered a 16 year old dog to the Carson Shelter because they did not feel that they could take care of an elderly dog. Owning a dog or cat is a huge responsibility for up to 18 years at the most.
This dog will likely be adopted by a photographer who takes pictures of animals at shelters and since older dogs have medical needs just like humans, it will take some philanthropy to make sure this dog can have the best few months to a few years of life.
If you adopt an animal it might be a good idea to set up a savings account to prepare for any major medical expenses if possible so you can enjoy your animal from its journey from life to natural death without having to worry much about the aftereffects that may cause people to do irrational things.