13. Setting a Good Example
Taking in an animal that needs a home sets a great example for your children, and teaches them important moral lessons. "Adoption teaches children how to care about those that others may view as castoffs," says Colvin.
This is especially true of children who don't have any siblings or who are very close to their pets. "It's a great way for children to see that they can make a difference in the world," says Buchwald.