Having a pet is a wonderful thing to have. A pet does a lot more then eat, sleep, and go to the bathroom. There are different types of animals that people can have as pets: dogs, cats, hamsters, ferrets, guinea pig, turtles, fish and many more.
Even though there are many reasons why having an animal as a pet is wonderful. They [pets] are very good listeners and won't judge you. If you come home from having a very stressful day, you will always have your pet to talk to, so you can let everything off of your chest. They do not know about money or responsibilities. As long as you feed them, take them out (if you have a dog), or clean their cage or fish tank they will listen, cuddle (if you pet does not have to live in water to surive), or become a clown to bring your sprit back up if they sense that your sad, mad or not yourself.
Having an animal around children is a great learning experience for the child, especially if you have a newborn baby and if you have a dog. The baby can grow up with a dog and not be afraid of dogs when they get older. Some children, if they do not grow up around dogs, become afraid of them because of size, teeth or another reason.
With older children, having any type of animal is a great learning experience. It will show them responsibilities, depending on the age and type of pet you have or get. If you get an animal that belongs in a cage; hamster, guinea pig, ferret, bird, and many more, they can clean out the cage; that will show them that they [children] have to clean up their own messes. But if you have or get a dog, the child might need help walking the dog because of either the size or age of either the child or the dog.
With any animal that is a pet, the child could either, by themselves or with help, feed the pet, either by keeping the food dish full or if the pet is on a schedule. That will give the child responsibilities that will help them when they get older. It will show them that not everything is easy.
If you do not have a pet, there are many different shelters that you can adopt animals from. Shelters have animals that people either did not want or could not have any longer for one reason or another and they are looking for people to take them in and to love them. If you do not know what type of animal you are looking for research, the different animals and pick one that fits you and your life style.
All the animals in the shelters want somebody to love them because they didn't ask to be at the shelter. Lastly, when going to a shelter, the animal has had a full exam and has been either spayed or neutered. All that you have to pay is either a donation (whatever you can afford) or a small fee. That money goes for any treatment that the animal might have needed and the food.
Think of a shelter before a pet store if you want to get a pet for your child. Just like any other child, the animals want somebody to love them.
"Animals are such agreeable friends - they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms." George Eliot