Virtual Piggy is an online family wallet that protects your child's privacy when he or she shops online under the limits you set. Parents stay in control, kids and teens get to learn financial responsibility, and there are never any fees or charges. It’s a great way to create an ongoing family conversation around financial literacy by empowering kids to make decisions within parental boundaries.
Virtual Piggy also provides kids and teens with tools to help them budget, save and give to charities responsibly. The service is 100% free to use, and available online or via mobile.
“Philanthropy is important to us and a key component to a well-rounded knowledge of financial literacy,” says Dr. Jo Webber, CEO and founder of Virtual Piggy. “We are excited to work with the ASPCA, which is one of the Virtual Piggy members’ favorite charities.”
“Kids and teens have always had a passion for the welfare of animals,” adds Elysia Howard, ASPCA Vice President of Marketing and Licensing. “Now they can feel empowered to directly contribute to a cause they deeply care about.”
Donate to the ASPCA at no cost to you by setting up a free account at Virtual Piggy—visit www.virtualpiggy.com/ASPCAtoday to get started.
If your child has tried to volunteer at a shelter, you might have been told he or she is too young. But there is much more your kids can do for shelter pets. Check out some of the cool stuff kids have done at shelters across the country.
1. Go Viral These Hawaiian kids created a promotional video and a mega-catchy song for the Lana’I Animal Rescue Center.
2. Fill ‘Er Up Take a tip from kids in the capital. They helped the Washington Humane Society prepare Busy Buckets—buckets filled with stuff like toys and treats that help, you guessed it, keep shelter dogs busy and happy.
3. Toy Story Check out these awesome cat toys kids made out of extra collar material at Sacramento County Animal Care. Your local shelter might have some extra stuff lying around that would make a great cat toy—all you have to do is ask…and get crafty.
4. PB & J? Make That PB & K... We’re betting Girl Scout Troop 40892 had as much fun stuffing Kong toys with peanut butter as the dogs at McKamey Animal Center had unstuffing them!
5. Join a Program Just for Kids It’s true, some shelters have awesome programs made especially for kids. At the Bay Area Humane Society in Wisconsin, kids even get to help teach shelter pets new tricks.
We’re so glad you’re here! ASPCA Parents is a site from the ASPCA, America’s oldest animal welfare organization. It’s a place for families with both two-legged and four-legged kids.
We created this site to be a resource for folks who want to instill a love of animals in their kids—after all, we know that in just a few short years, those kids will be the strongest voices for animals we have. At the same time, we also want to provide some ideas for what to do on a rainy day with your animal-loving kids, as well as resources from ASPCA experts on the tough stuff, like talking to your kids about animal cruelty.
With that in mind, we’ll be sharing lots of stories about kids and pets, pet-care tips, and activities for kids. We’ll also be hosting events, contests and lots more. Got an idea for what you’d like to see here? We’d love to hear it. Get in touch via email at [email protected]. Thanks for stopping by!