At an animal shelter, everyone already has something in common with you: they love animals! Whether you’re a dog person or a cat person, your passion for the well-being of the animals is sure to get you both talking. Unlike the animals at a pet store, the dogs and cats at animal shelters are stray, lost, abandoned, or surrendered. Animal shelters are the perfect place to unwind after a stressful day. Not only are you helping the shelter’s staff by walking dogs or taking them out to play. Volunteering at the animal shelter is a pretty good substitute for the gym. Prior to volunteering at my local animal I was fearful of bigger dogs. I had never been around them and was intimidated by their size. Now, after volunteering almost every day for about a month, I am calmer around large dogs, more aware of the signs of the good and bad dog behavior, and more knowledgeable about how to take care of them and interact with them.