Contact your local SPCA and Humane Society to see if they have any projects that you and your family can participate in. Here are some suggestions from our local branch.
Host a Fundraiser–A lemonade stand is a great way for kids to raise money to support the animal shelters in your area. Our center will even allow families to sign up for a date and time to host the lemonade stand at the center. Other fundraiser ideas are bake sales, change drives or make and sell homemade dog treats and cat toys.
Make Blankets or Cat Toys--Many shelters are looking for 2x3ft fleece blankets for the dog cages. Children can easily make tie blankets following these directions (keep in mind that these dog blankets will be much smaller). Catnip socks are another easy project that kids can work on to deliver to the local shelter. Here are the directions for catnip socks. Here is a link to order catnip in bulk.
Organize a Food and Supply Drive–Most shelters have a wishlist of supplies that they are in need of. Work as a family to organize a pet food and supply drive. Make collection boxes and ask local businesses to put them out for you. Create fliers to hang up around town, write a letter to the editor in the newspaper and have parents announce the drive through email and social media.
Host a Birthday Party to Benefit the Shelter–Have your child help you to create an animal themed birthday party to celebrate their birthday. Instead of gifts, have each party guest bring a donation for the animal shelter. After the party, create a special moment for your child to deliver the donations to the shelter.
Volunteer Your Time--Many shelters have opportunities for families and older children to volunteer their time. Our shelter has family days once a month where children and a caregiver can sign up to volunteer. They also have programs for teens to volunteer weekly in the center. Check out your local shelter and see if there is a way that you and your family can donate your time.
What service projects can you recommend to fellow animal lovers?