It was said as a way to comfort someone who had just broken up with her boyfriend, and someone said something like "go raise a dog".
I know it's okay to say raise an animal; I just feel so weird about it. Don't we normally say raise a child? I mean, in my opinion, isn't raise only used for human beings?
For animals, like pets, which verb is more appropriate to use? Do we just use raise all the time, no matter if referring to people or animals?