Many people keep one or more pets. Maybe you have one yourself. However, most people have never stopped to consider the consequences for pets.

Which leads to the question:
"Is it justified that people keep animals as pets?"

With reasoning and facts, we want to invite you to formulate an answer to this question.
This may raise the question whether or not it is wise to have pets.

To clarify our opinions on keeping pets, we use the most familiar pet, the dog, as an example. Let's start by outlining the history of dogs.

This article is part of a series on pet adoption. Below the table of contents of this series. Below that even more articles about pets.

Table of contents

Keeping pets

An example: the dog

The history of dogs

Modern day dogs

Consequences of irresponsible breeding for dogs

Drawbacks for dogs


Why do people want pets?

Drawbacks for humans

The pet-industry


Take a pet?

More articles on pets

Are pets education tools?

Bad reasons for keeping pets

Dependency of animals

Letting go of attachment to animals

Children and their perception of animals

A disposal fee for every pet animal purchased?

Abandoned pets as "free as a bird"?

Links about specific animals

Suffering of reptiles

Why the goldfishbowl is bad

A rabbit as a pet..... suitable or not?