This is ONE OF 6 responses to VC 19 Drury 5 ("Animal survey")...
Because of my lifestyle, I do not currently live with a pet. I am out of town on to many occasions to properly take care of them. My solution to the problem is a simple one.
I use other peoples pets, in particular my girlfriend's two cats, and my parent's cat.
During a recent trip into central Texas to photograph wild flowers and birds, I rescued two box turtles from becoming two dimentional while crossing the highway. These turtles were then released in my mother's garden, and go around eating slugs and snails.
Hope this helps.