How Your Kids Can Help Shelter Pets

Wednesday, September 4, 2013 - 12:30pm
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If your child has tried to volunteer at a shelter, you might have been told he or she is too young. But there is much more your kids can do for shelter pets. Check out some of the cool stuff kids have done at shelters across the country.

1. Go Viral
These Hawaiian kids created a promotional video and a mega-catchy song for the Lana’I Animal Rescue Center.

2. Fill ‘Er Up
Take a tip from kids in the capital. They helped the Washington Humane Society prepare Busy Buckets—buckets filled with stuff like toys and treats that help, you guessed it, keep shelter dogs busy and happy.


3. Toy Story
Check out these awesome cat toys kids made out of extra collar material at Sacramento County Animal Care. Your local shelter might have some extra stuff lying around that would make a great cat toy—all you have to do is ask…and get crafty.


4. PB & J? Make That PB & K...
We’re betting Girl Scout Troop 40892 had as much fun stuffing Kong toys with peanut butter as the dogs at McKamey Animal Center had unstuffing them!


5. Join a Program Just for Kids
It’s true, some shelters have awesome programs made especially for kids. At the Bay Area Humane Society in Wisconsin, kids even get to help teach shelter pets new tricks.

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Kathie O'Shea

I THINK YOU HAVE A GREAT IDEA. HOW DO KIDS GET TO MccDONALD'S OR OTHER JOBS. you would have a hard time building new shelters, they need money just to operate. if transportation is available it could be a great thing for kids and the animals. You should check it out. This could be a wonderful thing. Good for you!!!


Not only at high scholl leel but, all levels of school. It makes perfect sense. I want to help. Now all we need is someone to make this great idea reality!!!!!!!!!


In our community what you are talking about does happen. Career and Technical education students that are studying to work in animal careers do volunteer. Many handicapping programs have their students volunteer to learn work habits. It is great.


I was wondering how I could find out how old you have to be to volunteer? My daughter is 13 and lives near Philadelphia. I didn't know if she could volunteer or not but she is very caring and kind towards animals.


This is really good advice... Finally I know what do to do to help animals.


I think it's great what the kids can do to help animals so many animals need a lot of love and care and I'm sure the kids would love to help in any way they can and the animals would love the attention
Wish I could help I'm 56


I'm definitely gonna use this
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I think this way is amazing how people actually care how people hurt poor animals.I think I'm going to volenteer for it!


I have a bunch of kittens that get crud in their eyes all the time and I'm the one that has to take care of their eyes. Sure, it takes some time to get the crud out, but I don't care about any of that though. What I care about is that their eyes are cleaned so that they don't go blind. Plus, I know one thing that you should never do to a kittens' eyes, you never want to press down hard and rub their eyes, because that can hurt them.


Hi I. 10 but I can't do anything like this I can't donate my mom barely has any money so ya
The only thing I can think of is makeing toys and donating and I can't a dop cuss I have 3 cats and 1 dog but it just breaks by heart when the comersers come on