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Oct 11


​​Animals are exquisite and unique!  Animals are all creatures created by God. Animals are described as being in different classifications. Scientists have grouped animals into classes for the ease of studying them. An animal class consists of animals that are alike in certain important ways. There are millions of types of animals in the world and there are many, many animal classes.


Vertebrates are one category of animals. Vertebrates mean animals with backbones. Five of the most commonly known classes of vertebrates are amphibians, reptiles, fish, birds and mammals.

Mammals include animals such as dogs, cats, horses, kangaroos, dolphins, pigs and whales, just to name a few.

 Amphibians spend their life in the water and on the land. All amphibians begin their life in water with gills and tails.  As they grow, they develop lungs and legs for their life on land. Common types of amphibians include frogs, toads and salamanders.

Reptiles are a class of animal with skin that is scaly.  Reptiles are cold- blooded. Reptiles are born on land. Snakes, lizards, crocodiles, alligators and turtles all belong to the reptile class.

Fish are vertebrates that live in water. They have fins, scales and gills on their body.

Birds are animals that have feathers, a beak and are warm-blooded. Birds are born out of hard-shelled eggs.

For safety reasons for a prospective pet owner and for the benefit of the animal, not all animals would or should be “domesticated” or that is to be tamed or made house pets. Per the “According to online dictionaries, the word “pet” dates back to the 16th century, and can be traced to Scotland and northern England. It is used to refer to a domestic or tamed animal kept for companionship or pleasure.”


Certain animals can be domesticated and can safely live in one's home as a companion pet.  It is important to know that great understanding regarding that animal must take place by a prospective owner in order for the owner to safely meet the emotional, social and physical needs for the well-being of the animal that is going to become a pet.

Some pets can be found at local animal shelters where animals have been rescued from the streets, dangerous situations, dog-fighting rings, abuse, neglect or cruelty.

Being a successful pet owner requires education, training, compassion, knowledge, resources, finances, as well as understanding of and commitment to that animal. The rewards of being a successful pet owner are immense. Because of walking with one's pet, some rewards of pet ownership are physical and can include decreased blood pressure and decreased cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Other mental health benefits include lessening feelings of depression, loneliness, isolation, anxiety, and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. Other benefits include an increased opportunity for outdoor activities, better cognitive capabilities in senior adults and more opportunities to socialize with other people.