09/23/2012 06:18 pm ET

Volunteering With Pets: How To Give Back With Your Dog Or Cat

From Mother Nature Network's Sidney Stevens:

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.

List and captions courtesy of the Mother Nature Network

How To Volunteer With Your Pet