One of the family!

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Special Report: Growing up with pets

We asked animal action’s own brilliant Junior Reporters Team what they thought about having family pets, whether they had a dog, cat, rabbits or any other pet – what’s good, and what you might have to be careful about…

Here’s what some of our budding reporters told us about growing up with pets:


I have two cats, Max and Dylan; two hamsters, Bolt and Rhino; two snails, Harry and Lloyd; and fish called Fishy McFishface, Fishy McFishface Jr, Dobby, Nell and Jaws! Having pets can make you happy, give you a brilliant childhood and can change your life.


We have two cats in my family, Ria and Gordon. It’s good to have the responsibility to look after them – they’re fun!


Pets give you a responsibility and that’s good, and there’s always something to do. You have to know how to look after them!


Family pets are good because you will learn to look after animals and you can prove you’re responsible. If you have a bad day they can make you feel better. But if you forget to vaccinate them that’s bad – they could become ill.


If you have a bad day your pet can make you feel better. But you have to be careful  – on a hot day your dog can get dehydrated.


A family pet is company, a friend, and can make you friends. And it gets you exercise if your pet needs walks. It could be a problem if you’re allergic, forgetful, or if you have lots of dangerous things everywhere!


I have a dog called Cassie. Pets keep you busy – you won’t ever be bored! They give you a responsibility and cheer you up if you’ve had a bad day.


Family pets are good – it’s a responsibility that can train you for the future. You must feed them and take care of them even when you’re busy.

Read more from our Junior Reporters Team on this hot topic in animal action spring issue, out NOW!!

Why not tell us what YOU think is good about growing up with pets in the family? We would love to hear your ideas!

If your family are talking about getting a pet, why not adopt an RSPCA rescue pet? We have hundreds of animals who need loving new homes, so to find out who’s in your area, your grown-ups could go to:



Hello, I'm Christine and I'm part of the team who work on the Animal Action magazine. I've been at the RSPCA for quite a while and just love being part of such a great organisation. My most favourite animals are dogs and I have a soft spot for Westies.

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One Response to “One of the family!”

  1. Anna

    Yes that’s right being a good pet owner is a big responsibility.


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