Having a pet in the family is a personal choice, of course, but children can benefit from pets in many ways. In addition to being lots of fun, pets can also:
• Provide a source of emotional and physical comfort
• Help boost a child's confidence and self-esteem
• Support a connection to nature and a respect for living things
• Promote exercise with walks outside or interactive games
• Teach responsibility, especially to older kids who can help care for a pet
Browse the ASPCA® Kids and Pets Interaction Guide on the ASPCA's website for more information.
It’s no secret veterinary practice employees work long hours. That’s why Seventy First Animal Hospital in Fayetteville, N.C., throws an extra special seasonal gathering for its staff—one that’s fit for the entire family.
“This party is something for the kids to get excited about and a way for us to include them in the holiday celebrations,” said Faye Barnes, Client Relation Specialist for Seventy First Animal Hospital. “We’ve hosted this party for three years in a row, and we hope to continue our tradition for many more.”
This year, 15 children, ranging in age from one month to 12 years, attended the event. The families enjoyed a potluck dinner, games, special goodie bags and even a surprise visit from Santa.
For more information about Seventy First Animal Hospital, visit http://www.seventyfirstanhosp.vetsuite.com/Templates/contained.aspx