I have a grand-niece whose mother is divorced from my nephew (I don't blame her one little bit, BTW). This grand-niece is a wonderful little girl - about 11 years old. She loves animals and she volunteers at the local animal shelter on weekends. She spends her time there taking dogs, cats, etc outside for some companionship, fresh air, sun and exercise. She takes on extra chores at home (beyond what you normally hear of a kid that age doing), and her mother pays her a weekly allowance. She gives all the money to the animal shelter to help pay for spaying/neutering, and for necessary medical care for the animals. What a sweetie! She visited today for a while with an aunt, and was pretty disappointed that none of my hand-trained chipmunks showed up for treats. I've got to get her back here for an afternoon - at least long enough to feed some 'munks.