Being around animals is extremely good for children. Helping to take care of an animal gives children a sense of pride and accomplishment. Children who learn to care for an animal learn, that what they do actually matters.
Studies have shown that children who take responsibility for animals have higher levels of self-esteem than those that don’t.
Animals are great teachers. Being around animals teaches you about relationships. Children and grown-ups alike will learn that if they want to be liked and trusted by the animal, they’ll need to treat the animal carefully and kindly.
Learning to care for an animal helps them to learn how to care for people.