mamapedia This week asked to shed some light on what pet adoption can teach children. Adopting from a local animal shelter or rescue organization helps teach kids about personal responsibility, community service, and their ability to make an impact as they make choices in life. Those are just a few of the powerful character-shaping lessons that come with adopting a pet! There is no limit to the great lessons that you can teach and learn when you opt to adopt; the process of saving a life benefits all involved.  Here is the story of Betsy and John who contemplated adopting a pet.