While families with children are more likely to have an animal, they report being less attached to the pet than do pet owners in households consisting solely of adults. Less attachment can logically be assumed to predict greater likelihood of relinquishment when having a pet becomes inconvenient or the responsibilities greater than anticipated.
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Regardless of a child’s promises to manage all the tasks associated with the care of their new pet, it is the adults in the family, particularly the mothers, who usually wind up with primary responsibility for most of the animal’s care.
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