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Growing up with pets can be a very rewarding experience for children. Owning one will instil in them a sense of responsibility as they learn how to feed, bathe and take care of their dog, cat, rabbit or gerbil.
You have plenty of good reasons to welcome a furry friend into your family, but be sensible. Not every pet is a good fit. Scroll through the photo gallery to find out which ones make great starter pets that seem like they would make a great addition to your family.