Our children grow up in cities in a touch screen, app, smart device age and may have virtual pets, but place a child in an environment where they have access to flesh and fur animals and watch them learn the importance of contact with an animal.
If you can’t keep a pet at home, give them access to animals, give them the power to be compassionate people who are concerned about the world around them, and the lives in it. Its interesting if you take the time to stop and observe kids with animals, you’ll see no fear. Fear of animals is learned, its not instinctive. Kids learn fear of animals from adults, they learn to pursue education, interests and life to keep in the rails we build for them.
Oliver is here to tell you, if your child shows interest in animals and tells you she/he wants to work with them, encourage that. Let me believe they can love their work, Oliver and countless rescues had a chance of life with a family, because the children that were taught to love animals, grew into young adults and adults that continue to care for them.