In a recent article by OneGreenPlanet.org, they discussed 20 reasons to raise your children around animals....and they came up with some pretty good ones.
31% less respiratory infections
Promoted higher self-esteem
Autistic/spectrum children experience lowered blood pressure and better cognitive and communication with Therapy Dog programs
More apt to get outdoor physical activity
Higher success when reading to pet
Stress reducer when life gets difficult
Instills sense of responsibility
To us, the biggest one is that being around animals gives a child a sense of unconditional love.
Consider adopting a rescue animal from a shelter. The adoption fee is minimal and typically includes initial shots and spaying or neutering of the animals. Your kids will love you for it...and we're pretty sure you'll be pretty happy too!