The past few years have seen a rising trend of parents teaching their children the value of volunteering.
Schools are starting to follow suit. Many high schools across the country require students to complete a certain number of volunteer hours before they can graduate.
Below are 5 ways your children can help shelter animals.
1. Easy Projects
Because of insurance concerns, few shelters and rescues offer children younger than 16 the opportunity to work with the animals directly. But your child can still help out in other ways.
Most rescues can use help with minor clerical tasks, such as:
- Stuffing envelopes
- Volunteering at charity events
- “Helping” you transport supplies or rescued animals from one location to another
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2. Pet Supply Drive
Your child — with a little help from you — can organize a pet supply drive at school or church. Participants can bring in pet food, treats, collars, leashes, toys, blankets and beds, which you and your kid can drop off at your local animal rescue or shelter.
You could also ask your veterinarian if you can place a large can in their lobby to collect donations of food and supplies for shelter animals.
If you give your child an allowance, teach him a valuable life lesson by having him set away a certain percentage of his funds to donate to an animal charity.
10 percent is a small enough amount that most children won’t miss it. If your child gets $10 a week for allowance, giving up a dollar isn’t that difficult.
Watch this kid take a tour around the local Humane Society facility after helping raise money for it:
Have your child put the money in a jar and select a charity he’d like to support. Once a month, he can empty the jar and send the money to the organization.
4. Charity Walk
If your children are old enough to walk a mile or so, enter them in a charity walk for pets that benefits animal welfare organizations.
Just as with regular charity walks, your kids will need to collect sponsors to earn money to participate in the walk. If you have a dog, he can walk, too.
5. Altruistic Birthday Party
A friend of mine shared that her 7-year-old son had recently donated his birthday presents to shelter animals.
When he invited his friends, he told them he didn’t want any presents for himself, but they could bring something to donate to the local animal shelter. His guests brought pet food, toys, beds and blankets, and even the contents of their piggy banks.
By the end of the party, her son had collected a large pile of supplies and $14.05. Although the amount was small, it meant the world to the kids that they were able to help homeless and needy animals.