Looking for some great hands-on activities with your children that will expose them to volunteerism, hard work, and community spirit? Bungalower is partnering with local tech-guru Gregg Pollack and his children to spotlight some of the amazing local organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers.

Editor’s Note: All following video, content, and opinions are those of Pollack and not of Bungalower Media. We first wrote about the following organization HERE in April 2017.

Launched under the name “Orlando Humane Society” in 1937, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (Website) is now one of the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agencies. They are a “no-kill” shelter and manage to find new homes for more than 7,000 dogs and cats annually. The kids were thrilled to visit the dogs and cats, and certainly, it was hard to resist the pull to take one home.

Aside from adoption services, they have a few other programs to further their mission including public veterinary clinics that provide low-cost spay/neuter surgeries and animal wellness and a Pet Apartment Registry (Website) that helps apartment hunters find pet-friendly apartments around town. There’s even a “Pawsitive Care” program that allows seniors with pets to ensure their pet is taken care of after their death.

Coming up in the new year on February 8, the Pet Alliance is running Orlando’s largest pet parade and festival with Paws in the Park (Website), at Lake Eola. Aside from the parade, there will be dog-specific games (including dock diving), a pet costume contest, shopping, food trucks, and adoptable pets.

Their shelter services are supported entirely through donations from the community, and they receive no funding from national organizations like the ASPCA or the Humane Society. So, if you care about pets you might consider a donation or becoming a volunteer.

And most importantly, if you’re in the market for a dog or a cat, DON’T GO TO THE PET STORE, go to the Pet Alliance to find your new furry friend.

Pollack will be sharing more videos of his family’s adventures in volunteerism into early 2020 as he endeavors to expose his children to the joys of volunteerism and in giving back to the community. If you have any to suggest for a future visit, please do get in touch or contact [email protected] for an introduction.

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