In Animals and Teens: The Ultimate Teen Guide, author Gail Green illustrates various situations in which young adults become involved with animals, including providing foster care, pursuing career opportunities, or simply raising pets at home. Green shows how animals can enhance teens' lives and how teens can improve the welfare of animals that face abuse or live in shelters and wildlife preserves. Green discusses what is involved in the handling of service animals, such as dogs that provide physical assistance or horses that help with therapy. Animals and Teens also covers such basics as caring for animals and dealing with the loss of a pet.
The voices in this book come from a large cross section of teens and young adults whose stories will resonate with anyone who loves animals. From helping with animal rescue to overcoming learning disabilities, these heartwarming experiences demonstrate how each of us can make a difference through the incredibly rewarding human-animal bond.
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Table of Contents
1 Companion Animals: What They Mean to Us 1
2 Understanding Animals; Understanding Ourselves 35
3 Friendship 63
4 Choosing Our Companion Animals 91
5 Defending the Innocent: Animal Abuse and Environmental Concerns 111
6 The Bonds of Trust: How Animals Help with Emotional and Social Issues and Interactions 139
7 Life Changes: College, Country, and Careers 165
8 Overcoming Health Problems, Pet Loss, and Other Adversities 195
9 At Your Service: Assistance Animals and Therapies 225
Appendix: Online Resources for All Things Animal 247
About the Author 259