I know everyone is especially busy this time of year and money is especially scarce. I also know that you, like me, probably reflect heavily on the abundance you have while recognizing there are others who are so much less fortunate. I do what I can by throwing some money in the Salvation Army bucket in front of Kroger, adding the food bank $4.73 meal donation at Publix and donating canned goods and toys at various locations throughout the holiday season. I know this is not enough but I am happy I can help out in some very small ways.

In addition to helping our fellow humankind, I think about our fellow animalkind and how I can help out without having a lot of time or money. A great option if you are in the Atlanta area is with Fulton County Animal Services. You can sign up as a volunteer and if you have a few hours, help out at adoption events or take a dog for a day. So even if you already have 6 dogs and can't adopt another one, or can't have a dog in your apartment, you can experience the joy of having a dog for a day- taking him on walks, to the park, playing fetch, getting kisses AND that lucky dog gets a day out of the shelter experiencing fresh air, exercise, play and human contact. It's really a win-win and requires no money on your part.

Sign up to be a volunteer at Fulton County Animal Services:

How to Help - Fulton County Animal Services
There are many ways to help Atlanta’s animals in Fulton County and save lives. You can foster, volunteer, donate and much more!

Check out this article for some other ways you can help out without having a lot of time or money:

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