Kids these days seem to have too much stuff. Or at least, a lot of kids do. And we know of a few members of the younger set who have decided to share the wealth with their furry friends at the animal shelter.
Take Phoebe Ross, for example. When she celebrated her ninth birthday, she asked her friends to forget the Barbies, the CDs and the art supplies. Instead, she told them to bring puppy food, kitty treats and chew toys.
Phoebe's father may have influenced her just a little. Dr. Alan Ross is the Humane Society's veterinarian advisor. Nonetheless, it takes plenty of compassion for a youngster like Phoebe to give up the goodies she no doubt would have collected from her friends in return for boring old bags of dog and cat food that she certainly won't get to enjoy.
But that's what she did (although of course she didn't come away from her birthday party empty-handed since she got some great gifts from her family). And she isn't the first. We've had several kids do the same thing. Because they care about the homeless cats and dogs, kittens and puppies who end up at the animal shelter, they forgo a little of their own enjoyment to help the animals.