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Many of us have fond memories of growing up with the family cat or dog (or both if your parents happened to be equal opportunity pet lovers). As it turns out, 62 percent of households in the United States include companion animals. Dogs are the most popular choice coming in at 39 percent, while cats take a pretty close second at 33 percent. For those of us lucky enough to fall into that 62 percent, childhood included some pretty awesome memories with our first best friend. Playing in the yard, cuddling in pillow forts or dressing our rescue lab like batman to match our Joker costume for Halloween – it’s hard to think of a childhood moment that Sparky didn’t play a featuring roll in.

Yes, the Halloween thing happened. Best Bat-lab and Joker ever.

Aside from building great memories, having a pet in the house actually serves some pretty incredible purposes when it comes to the emotional development and even physical health of kids. Multiple studies point to the positive impact that companion animals have on our kids, but don’t despair if allergies, building policies or finances keep you from being able to add to the family at the moment. There are plenty of programs and volunteer opportunities out there that allow kids to engage with animals one-on-one and reap many of the rewards that having a companion in the home would provide.  Either way, kids and animals alike benefit from each other’s company, and they enjoy some pretty valuable benefits along the way.


1. A study in the Journal of Pediatrics shows that kids who had a dog during the first year of their life had higher immune response, with 31% fewer respiratory tract infections than those without.

 20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.bichoamigo-belem.blogspot.com


2. Budding fashion designers always have a muse.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.mommywithselectivememory.com


3. Finding a partner in cuddling crime is a non-issue when a furry friend is around.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important

4. I think I can, I think I can! Children with a companion animal in the home have higher self-esteem.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.likes.com

5. Living with and interacting with a family pet increases empathy and compassion.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.sheknows.ca

6. They won’t question a pressing need to splash in some sweet puddles mid-walk.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important

7. Having a furry friend in the house can help instill a sense of responsibility in kids, so keep assigning those poop scooping chores. It’s for their own good.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.jadelouisedesigns.com

8. They’ll never lack for a soft pillow.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important

9. Children with autism, other spectrum disorders or ADHD can experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication gains when able to participate in therapy dog programs

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.austindogalliance.org

10. You think your kid is excited to jump in leaves? With a family pet, they’ll never have to dive alone!

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.

11. They’ll be there for Junior after they’ve endured the opening sequence of UP.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important

12. Family pets are always down for an intergalactic adventure.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.xaxor.com

13. Kids with a dog are more likely to get out and play, taking Fido on walks and throwing a ball or toy for some catch.

 20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.pets.webmd.com

14. Any monsters under the bed are gonna find themselves outnumbered by the A-Team. (The “A” stands for adorable.)

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15. Kids who find reading a challenge have higher success when reading to their pet. Researchers posit that this can be the result of lowered stress when in the presence of Mr. Whiskers.

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16. No kid would have to be faced with an itch they couldn’t reach.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important

17. It’s important for a kid to have a partner in crime to share special life moments with.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.themetapicture.com

18. Pets can be there for comfort when things get real.

20 Reasons why Raising Your Kids With a Pet is Important.bizjournals.com

19. What is the cost of a rescued shelter animal for the family? Usually, a low adoption fee that typically includes the first round of shots and a spay/neuter procedure.

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20. Feeling loved unconditionally? Priceless.

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When my husband died and I cried no
matter what room I was my dogs jump in my lap n wrap their fuzzy bodies
around me.I\'m moving I will not give my dogs up.
I would sleep in a tent to be with my dogs

Stella Angelina
1 Years Ago

David Moss

Sandrakay Little
1 Years Ago

Teaches them so many things that are great for knowing as you grow up

Shirley Moore
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and teach them how to RESPECT animals.

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Chelle, (see?), Alexandria,

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