Kids 'n' Pets
Most of us have grown up with pets and can’t imagine life without them: The cat that slept on our beds; the dog that waited patiently at the gate until we got home from school. And now some of us have kids whose pets do just the same thing!
Children and pets have a special relationship. While the pet is often entertained by having a child around there are also many benefits for the children in having a pet in their home:
In some homes the child sadly does not get the opportunity to nurture their pet, to tell their secrets to their special furry friend or to get a chance to receive that all important unconditional love. This may be because they do not have a pet of their own or their circumstances make it impossible to carry out these activities.
In some homes animals are abused. They may be physically hurt or they may be neglected. In many cases the children are also on the receiving end of this bullying or neglectful behaviour.
It is generally accepted that if you want to change the behaviour of your population it is best to start with educating the children. Let’s keep the relationship between children and pets a special one.
Pets teach children key life skills and help them to understand life’s milestones. Birth, growth, illness and death all become a normal part of life with a pet around