benefit of pets

Pets are as “paw-pular” as ever! About 67% of U.S. households own a pet, which equals 84.9 million homes.1 That’s a lot of paws, tails and beaks!

If you’re trying to convince your family to get a pet, you might have some luck by sharing a few benefits to owning a pet. Here are some facts to help you make your case for a dog, cat or other pet:

  • Children who grow up with pets tend to feel higher levels of self-esteem and self-importance
  • Teens who own a pet may have reduced symptoms of depression.
  • Pet owners are less likely to feel lonely.
  • Owning and caring for pets is linked to increased responsibility.
  • Walking or playing with pets can help improve heart health.
  • Pet ownership and pet care encourage independence and self-reliance.

The best way to convince your family to get a pet is to offer to help pay and care for them! Start putting away money in your Dinero Teens savings account at Advancial today.

1 Source: American Pet Products Association.


Volunteer to help animals

Is having a pet at home not an option? Another way to connect with animals is by volunteering at animal shelters. Older teens may be eligible to help:

  • Give shelter animals care and attention.
  • Assist customers through the adoption process.
  • Shadow staff members who work in animal care or veterinary services.
Visit the website of your local Humane Society to learn about volunteer opportunities.