By Sidney Stevens, Mother Nature NetworkReady to work.
Our pets bring us joy and enrich our lives. But they can also bring joy and enrich the lives of others - with a little help from us. Whether your BFF is a dog, cat, parakeet or something more exotic, teaming up as a volunteer duo is a great way to share time with each other and share your combined gifts with the world. Here are some ways you and your furry (or feathery) friend can begin reaching out to others.
1. Donating blood
It's a regular ritual for many of us - the bloodmobile comes around, and we roll up our sleeves to give blood for the injured and sick. Well, it turns out animals need blood transfusions too, and for all the same reasons as humans. Good news: Now your pet can give the gift of life just like you do. To find a pet blood bank near you (donations are mainly from dogs and cats), ask your veterinarian or check this list from the Association for Veterinary Hematology and Transfusion Medicine.
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