Help Your Child Nurture a Love of Animals

For more formal volunteering, encourage older children to volunteer at shelters, which always need dog walkers and cat socializers. Your local zoo may have a volunteer docents program for teens as well. And keep an eye out for “one shot” volunteer opportunities you and your child can do together, such as working a one-day nonprofit spay-neuter clinic or participating in a fund-raiser or adoption event.

The best thing of all? Because most children love animals naturally, helping that love grow will not be difficult. With your loving, caring guidance (and common sense, of course), you will be helping to provide your child with the secrets to a happier life. I can already see it in my granddaughter’s eyes, and I want you to help give other children this precious gift.

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