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Pets: Why We Have Pets
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Topics on Pets:
Why We Have Pets
Fun Pet Facts
Pet Responsibilities
Which Pet Is Right
    For You?
Getting Permission
Where To Find A Pet
Taking Care Of Your Pet
Spaying and Neutering
Rescuing Animals
What Is Animal Abuse?
Get Involved
When A Pet Dies
From the Mentors

Meet Alyssa, Humane
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Having a pet can be a wonderful, rewarding experience. Here are just a few fab things about including a critter in your family:

  • Pets make loyal, lovable friends
  • Pets teach you how to take care of others
  • Pets teach you about responsibility
  • A pet can help you learn about animals
  • Playing with pets can make you feel happy
  • Having a pet can keep you from feeling lonely or depressed
  • Pets are good for your health
  • Your whole family can share the benefits of having a pet in your lives

We asked IML'ers to tell us about their pets:

Theresa, 9, has a dog and a cat. She says the best thing about having a pet is they're always there for you. Sarah, 10, agrees and says she loves her dog, Bella, because she can tell her secrets.

Phoenix, 11, has three fish, who are fun to watch. "They actually look graceful," she says. Kia, 11, has two cats, and they help her relieve stress. "For example," she says. "You've had a horrible fight with your friend and when you come home and see your kitties' friendly faces, you can feel a lot better."

So it's just that simple: pets are GREAT. IML is here to give you all the basics on how to add a pet to your family (including the biggie: getting permission!), help make sure your pet leads a long, healthy life, and how to help other animals, too.


Printables Explore the topic of pets a little more deeply with a printable IML Journal Page and discussion questions to bring up with adults. Check out our list of fiction and non-fiction books on the subject, and print out our "Pets" Crossword Puzzle!
First, let's look at a few Fun Pet Facts!
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Crossword Puzzle
Do our "Pets" Crossword Puzzle!

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What's the best thing about having a pet?
Always having
        a friend
Learning how to
        care for others
It's good for
        my health and
        well-being


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