The economic woes of the world come and go, and animals are often the first to be cut out of the loop when money is tight. Many shelters are forced to euthanize their charges because they are unable to feed them or see to their health needs due to lack of donations and help. There are schools which offer students a chance to help in several ways, so there are multiple opportunities for them to be involved.
Volunteering to work at a shelter for animals offers students a chance to give to the community in many different ways, and some of them will become advocates for a lifetime. They can help to raise funds to stock the shelter, feed the animals and pay the utility bills. Caring for the animals takes a great deal of time, and they also need to be petted. Student volunteers who are taken to animals shelters gain experience and confidence working with animals, and the animals gain friends who care about them and see to their needs.