When people say you should adopt animals, you might say to yourself, "I already have too many animals, and they've all been adopted from somewhere. What else am I supposed to do?"You can volunteer, and not just to help animals. You can volunteer to help the rest of the community, too. You could help out with a sibling's sports team, help people at school, or just spread the word about things that need to be done by more than one person. Be creative!
Many animal shelters won't let kids help take care of their animals. But there are certain ones that do. Many PetSmarts support Every Creature Counts, a no-kill animal shelter. Often, these stores even have places to keep the pets until they find the right homes. They support other shelters, too, and as long as a parent is present (and you have your form filled out), you can help clean the cages, make them comfortable, and just give them some love.
There are other solutions, too. Every Creature Counts has many people foster animals for them, so the animals get the love and attention they deserve, while still looking for the perfect, loving family.
You can encourage people to adopt animals, but not just the young kittens or puppies. Older animals have their pleasures, too. They may not play quite as much or be as cute as baby animals, but they are mellower and will probably sit and cuddle you for longer periods of time. Both young and old animals will love you, just older ones may show it more often (Sometimes--in the winter--because they're cold!).
So next time you think you can't help, or are wondering just how you can help, just ask your parents if they can help you volunteer.