Are Your Kids Ready For Pets? Read These IMPORTANT Tips Before Heading To The Animal Shelter.

Is your family ready to be responsible pet owners?
08 March 2019

Parents must gauge their children’s maturity, their ability to commit to the chores and the willingness of the family to share the load.

It is a common story: A child clamours for a pet and is initially enthusiastic about the cuddly creature. But, within months, the care of the animal is left wholly to the parents or the family’s domestic helper.

Some parents, however, hope to bring about a happier ending by getting their children involved in daily tasks and making them see that a pet is a long-term commitment. While children should help care for their pets, age-appropriateness is important, say animal welfare experts.

Ms Chong Poh Choo, executive manager for community outreach at the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) shares some important tips.

By Venessa Lee, The Straits Times, May 28, 2017 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, March 2019 

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