Have you ever had a tearful reunion with someone? What about with a pet?
A family had lost their 13-year-old cat. After two months of the stress and agony that comes with a lost pet, they miraculously found her. Sheryl M. happened to see their furry family member at a local gas station and brought her home to surprise her family. Upon being reunited, there was shock, screams of happiness and tears of elation. It's easy to be happy right along with them.
Pets are often considered a part of the family, so when one goes missing, passes away or is sick, it can often be difficult for children and parents. Pets also have many benefits for families.
Caring for pets can help teach responsibility to children
Pets need to be fed, bathed, walked and cared for in other ways. Allowing children to shoulder this responsibility is a good teaching tool.
Household pets can give comfort when needed
Sometimes the companionship of a family pet on a bad day is all you need to lift your spirits.
Families can adopt any number of animals - dogs, cats, birds, frogs, turtles, gerbils, or hamsters. If you're not sure if your family is ready, try a pet co-op with several neighbors or friends. Each neighbor takes turns caring for all the animal's needs for a set duration and then passes the pet to the next neighbor. Once you're sure you are ready, choose a pet that fits in your home and lifestyle. Here are some ideas on How to find the perfect pet for your family.
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