I strongly believe teaching a child to be compassionate from an early age is very important.
Not just to his/her fellow human being, but to (all) animals as well.
This is my neighbour’s cat whom we initially thought was a stray.
She and her brother comes over regularly to chill with us, and to play with Max and I. They’re part of the family.
Whenever Max see’s an animal, he says they are his friends. Except pigeons. He runs through them, shouting “fly!” or the like, forcing them to depart abruptly, but we’re working on that!