Don't hate me for this answer, but I don't think they should have pets.
I'm sorry but I feel someone needs to be in good financial standing before going out and getting another little life to depend on them. Animals are helpless. They can't call and make their vet appointments or go buy their food at the pet store.
I give homeless people money a lot, but I won't give them money if they have a dog with them. I give them actual dog food or treats that I always carry in my car. If I run out, then I'll go buy hamburgers. I just do that to make sure my contribution will go toward the dog.
I just don't think its right that if you are in a situation where you have to beg money for yourself, why in the world would you put another helpless living being in the same situation, only making matters worse?
Shiloh, Reece, Lolly, Skylar
and fosters Snickers, Missy, Magic, Merlin, Maya