This year I started volunteering at our local shelter, after nearly a year of sending out repeated applications to volunteer!
I wish they were open for volunteers until late during the weekdays, but since they close at 5pm and I work until 5pm, I can only go on weekends... and my weekends are usually busy, so I can only go for a few hours, and not every weekend.
Still, I suppose it's better than nothing. When I come, I bring my camera and take some professional-quality photos of a few cats, then send them over to the administrators at the shelter. Many of my photos have been used to promote those cats on their Facebook page and their website, and it makes me SO happy to help in some way! Because with a photo it's so much easier to spark interest in a cat.
This week the shelter was looking for fosters for a few groups of kittens that just came in, they are old enough to eat on their own and use the litter box but too young to be adopted, so they need fosters for a few weeks. I took a group of 3 in, and I am taking care of them in a spare room now (they need to be kept away from my cat). It's such a rewarding experience!