Points about Pets
Over 63 percent of American households have at least one pet. They ask for very little. In fact, they need the same things that we do: food, water, shelter, and most of all, affection. What do they give us in return?
A loving relationship with a childhood pet can leave a lasting impression. Childhood pets can plant seeds of kindness in a child’s heart that will grow into a lifelong commitment to being a responsible and ethical member of the community.
How does a pet teach a child such abstract values? Well, simply by being a pet! When we learn to care for animals, we learn to care for people, too. When, on the other hand, we tolerate or ignore the mistreatment of animals, we fail to stop a process that often leads to a lifetime of violence and cruelty towards other people.
Values like responsibility, compassion, and respect are all gained by caring for and interacting with a pet.