If you’re the parent of a child or children who love animals, it’s well worth continuing reading to discover a few thoughtful ways that kids of all ages can help animals in need. As no matter how old your kids are, they are countless ways for your kids to make a difference in the lives of animals.
How kids can help animals:
1. Kids can volunteer at a local animal shelter
Kids who would like to help animals may be interested in volunteering once a week at a local animal shelter. While some animal shelters will allow kids to volunteer on their own, other shelters may require an adult guardian to volunteer alongside each child.
Volunteering at a local animal shelter is also a great idea for kids who for some reason are unable to adopt their own pet. As an example, if a child has their heart set on adopting a dog but lives in an apartment which doesn’t permit dogs, they’ll love being able to take care of dozens of dogs and puppies at a local shelter.
2. Kids can help walk elderly neighbors take care of their pets
As an example, kids may want to consider asking an elderly neighbor if they can walk their dog for them. As in some cases, elderly individuals may no longer be able to take their dogs for daily walks due to a decrease in mobility and energy.
3. Kids can raise money to help out their favorite animal shelter or animal-focused charity
Kids may also be keen to take on extra chores or to donate a portion of their pocket money towards helping their local animal shelter purchase well-needed supplies such as pet food. Some shelters may even allow your family to donate your choice of pet food. Which is a great idea as your children will love getting to pick out dog or cat food, each time that you visit your local grocery store to stock up on food.
If you’re interested it’s well worth calling your nearest animal shelter to see which brands of food they would like to receive.
Alternatively, your kids may be more interested in raising funds for an animal-focused charity such as the World Wildlife Foundation.
4. Kids can “adopt” an animal at an animal park or a local zoo
Many zoos and animal parks allow families to contribute towards the day to day running costs of their animal park or zoo by encouraging families to “adopt” an animal. Usually, when a family “adopts” an animal they’ll be given a certificate to celebrate their adoption. In some cases, children will also be given a soft toy version of the animal which they’ve adopted.
5. Kids can adopt a pet instead of purchasing a pet from a breeder
If you’re thinking of purchasing a new family pet, your family can help an abandoned animal find its forever family by choosing to purchase a pet from a shelter instead of from a breeder. As there are countless animals who are in need of a loving home.
So if your kids love animals, it’s well worth asking your kids, which of the ideas listed above they’re most interested in.