This idea came from my sister, Anita. Here’s your challenge. Take a ride down to your local animal shelter with your children and spend a couple of hours petting and loving up the cats and dogs there. These animals will be so happy to have your attention. Don’t worry, you don’t have to take one home. Just spend some time with them. It will lighten their hearts. If you really enjoy it and have more free time, volunteer at the shelter a couple of hours each month or week. When you are petting a homeless cat or dog, take a moment to look into its eyes and see them shine.
By Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber