The benefits of pet companionship are not just for adults; children can also benefit from
owning a pet and being exposed early to animals. The British study by the BMRB showed many people felt pets
helped their kids learn responsibility, kindness and also to do better in
school. In fact, half of the families surveyed felt that having a pet had helped
teach their children responsibility and kindness.
A survey conducted by Purdue University, showed that teachers felt that
animals in the classroom helped motivate students to work well and behave better
because of the animals. The teachers also felt that the
presence of the animals resulted in better behavior in the classroom and taught
young students responsibility.
We personally feel that families that don't
grant their kids the opportunity to live
with and learn from pets, are cheating their kids of many things... including
possibly a longer and happier life!