Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences


Animal Science


Shoulders, Catherine

Committee Member/Reader

Rosenkrans, Charles

Committee Member/Second Reader

Yancey, Janeal


This study examines the academic success of English as a second language (ESL) students based on ownership of and/or relationship with a pet, due to pets’ ability to benefit and support their owners. A survey was compiled for middle school, ESL students in the Fayetteville, Arkansas school district. The goal of the study was to discover if pet ownership has an effect on ESL student academic success in terms of the academic, social, and emotional aspects of school. It was found that pets aid in some academic aspects of school but more so in the social and emotional aspects such as making friends, extracurricular involvement, bullying, and feeling overwhelmed.