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Save Money with Pets

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WSVN -- Rebecca Spinale loves her dogs.

But owning them comes at a price.

Rebecca Spinale, Pet Owner: "I spend approximately $500 per dog, and I have two dogs, so it's approximately $1,000 per year."

She saves money by using coupons for their food, on grooming by doing it herself, and for vaccinations, she goes to her local pet store.

Rebecca Spinale, Pet Owner: "Pet Supermarket and PetsMart, they offer lower-cost inoculation services."

Another place to find discount services is the Humane Society of Greater Miami.

Little Mimi is getting the works.

Solveig Arce, Pet Owner: "I've done the microchip, I've done the rabies shot, the 4-in-1 and the booster she's getting today."

Mimi is also scheduled to be spayed. Doing it here saves her family a lot of money.

Solveig Arce, Pet Owner: "At least anywhere from $100 to $150. It's quite substantial, especially nowadays."

The cost of vaccinations varies in South Florida.

One-year rabies shots for an adult dog can cost up to $192 at some vets.

But at the Humane Society, it's only $50.

Donna Tallon, Humane Society of Greater Miami: "Here in our clinic, they can save a couple of hundred dollars per animal."

Other costs are generally less as well.

Getting a microchip implanted can cost upwards of $120 at the vet.

At the Humane Society, it's $35.

Other services, like spaying and neutering, are also cheaper.

Donna Tallon, Humane Society of Greater Miami: "I cut corners with my three dogs, because I bring them to our clinic for rabies tags, heartworm tests and preventative vaccinations. I also use the groomer here. She is terrific."

Low cost grooming: Just one more way for pet owners to save.

Solveig Arce, Pet Owner: "I will be coming to the Humane Society from now on. It's cheaper than everywhere else."

Lynn Martinez: "The Humane Society also has senior discounts and programs that provide free well-care services for those who qualify."

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