You can volunteer both directly and indirectly to help animals. Volunteers provide the ‘luxuries’ that the small shelter staff cannot - individual attention, walking outdoors, feeding treats, and generally making the animals more comfortable during their stay. Or, you can advance animal welfare by assisting with pet therapy or kids programs. Animal Protection Services and the Peoria Humane Society also seek volunteers and groups interested in short-term projects. Your special skills can help improve the lives of hundreds of animals by volunteering your time just a few hours a month.