How Owning Pets Makes You More Social

If you own a pet, are you more social and a better member of society? Maybe so! Catie Wayne fills in for Laci today and reports on an interesting study that says that children and adolescents are actually more caring, more responsible, and more social if they own and care for a pet.

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