After a family pet passed away, I sought volunteer opportunities with the local humane society in my college town. The shelter was in need of people to walk and care for the adult dogs. I committed to 2-4 hours a week.
At first, I was nervous I would grow too attached to the dogs and become sad every time a dog left the shelter. In fact, the opposite occurred. While I did grow fond of the dogs, I looked forward to showing up every week and seeing which dogs were no longer there…because it meant that dog had found a home!
I encourage you to look into volunteering at your local animal shelter. It’s a great weekly activity for you, you and a friend, or you and the kids. If your kids have always wanted a pet but having a pet is not feasible for you at this time, volunteering at a shelter is a great compromise. The kids get to play with dogs every week and you get the satisfaction of knowing you helped homeless pets get the exercise and attention they so greatly need. If you’d prefer not to work directly with the dogs, volunteer to do office work, clean the pens, or man the phones. You could also help by collecting newspapers, dog toys, dog food, and blankets for the shelter.
Take it from me–don’t let the fear of falling in love with every pet stop you from helping a local animal rescue. Let your love for the animals be your motivation to get involved.