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.