How many pets is "too many"?

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
How many pets is "too many"?
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 12:10pm

Cities have animal ordinances.  Apartment complexes and homeowners' associations have their restrictions.  People have their limitations.  Shelter volunteers want to save them all. 

How many pets do you think is too many?

Are there any restrictions where you live?


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 12:14pm

I live in a single-family home I own - with a nice-sized back yard.  My city has no limitation on the number of animals I have, as long as I can "properly care for them."  I believe there are restrictions as to "farm" animals and roosters, but I don't know much about that because it does not apply to me.

My wallet and my patience, however, limits me to what I have in the house now.  Two dogs and one cat I am fully responsible for supporting, plus the foster for whom I provide only food, shelter and love.

Community Leader
Registered: 11-21-2001
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 1:32pm

I think that a person has too many pets if they cannot adequately care for them....which means if they cannot afford their food or veterinary care.  Or...if they cannot be safely housed.

Of course, in this economy, many people have been "caught short"....they may have owned a cat or dog and cannot afford their care now.  Or sometimes a very large veterinary bill is causing a problem.  That dosn't mean that they couldn't afford to have the pet at some time.

But for those who irreponsibly take in animals without being able to care for them....then a line should be drawn.  I say irresponsibly because you then have rescues or foster families that try their hardest to maintain a balance while having a large number of animals to house.

It does depend on the individual circumstances as well.

Avatar for terreinarkansas
iVillage Member
Registered: 10-05-2000
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 2:28pm

There are no restrictions in my area. I live in the country on five acres and have plenty of room for many animals. But, three is too much for me (even though I have thought about it). Jack and Taz are enough besides Taz tires me out at the end of the day - she is full of energy.Two is the limit I can mentally handle LOL! I think if you have the time and financial means any number is fine. Money is not a problem for me though.

Avatar for donnaldy59
iVillage Member
Registered: 11-19-2001
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 7:57pm

First off - I have no restrictions as I have no homeowners associations (yay) but I'm sure there's some sort of city law about having a certain amount of dogs making it a kennel and not a regular home.  Doesn't matter to me as I don't plan on having zillions of dogs at one time.  Having one right now is pure Heaven for me!

To me, you have too many dogs if you can't properly care for their needs, including vet costs, food, exercise and just socialization and love.  Same thing with children.....  Back to the dog issue above - those are people I call Animal Hoarders - they have good intentions but just don't have enough resources for the amount of animals they own.



iVillage Member
Registered: 11-01-1999
Wed, 02-20-2013 - 10:42pm

People are starting to ask me if I am going to keep Roo Ben.  He is settling in nicely here, and I am sure at this point he would like to stay, but I have no plan to adopt him.  Three elderly dogs would be emotional and financial overload.