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Babies Are Not Cause to Give Up Family Pets!



Each year, the Society receives several hundred phone calls, inquiries and unwanted pets who must be given up because of the arrival of a new baby. This is heartbreaking for a pet who has spent years living with a family and is suddenly uprooted -- unwanted and alone and undeserving of this.

Tess, 11 months, crawls around a home where there are four dogs and two cats.  Since Tess was an infant, interaction with the family pets, under her parents supervision,was encouraged with great results.

Children and pets can co-exist happily and kids raised with pets can benefit from the love and loyalty they emanate.

According to a study in the JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, children raised in a home with two or more dogs or cats during the first year of life may be 50% less likely to develop allergic reactions to pets, pollen and mold as compared to kids raised without pets.
There are safety concerns and it is important to use your judgement as the one who knows your pet best.

Children can learn to be gentle with pets - it just takes time and patience on the part of the parents. Tess, with Dad, Brandon and three year old, Odie.

Meet Tess Powell of Carteret who came into a household with four dogs and two cats owned by Debbie Beyfuss. When the baby first arrived, the dogs were allowed to sniff and familiarize themselves under supervision. The dogs were never chased away and after many sniffs and nuzzles, they became used to her presence in the house. Tess is 10 months old and learning to pet GENTLY and not PULL EARS or TAILS.

Babies and pets can co-exist happily with a little time and effort.

She is never left unattended in a room full of dogs but the family feels comfortable with her playing on the floor while the whole menagerie is present. Although Tess was licked a lot, parents Brook and Brandon had a bit of a problem getting Tess to understand that she could not lick back. With work, patience and guidance, she will benefit from having these wonderful friends that will be great memories and the family is sure she will be a better human being for growing up among them.

11/29/2006

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