The 12 Days of a Scout Christmas has become one of our favorite traditions on the Voice of Scouting, and we hope you will visit every day, beginning Friday, Dec 14, to find inspiring Christmas messages based on doing a good turn daily. On the first day of Christmas, we would like to share with you ways you can do a good turn by giving aid to refugees near you and around the world. 

The Ninth Day of Christmas

During these 12 Days of Scout Christmas, we shouldn’t forget to care for animals. Whether it’s your dog, a turtle crossing the street, an endangered species, or just your neighbor’s cat, service to others can include the entire animal kingdom.

What are ways you can serve our furry (or shelled or scaly) friends?


Have extra resources and want them to be used for helping those animals in need? Donate or put your love into action. Visit your local animal shelter or search online places who accept donations. Research how the many is used and where the money goes. There are many organizations who rescue, rehabilitate and re-home animals in need.

Adopt, Don’t Shop

Adopt, Don’t Shop: A Phrase Worth Thousands of Lives

There are thousands of dogs, cats, snakes, rabbits, horses, fish, and many more that need a forever home. Below are The Humane Society’s top reasons to adopt a pet:

  1. Because you’ll save a life
  2. Because you’ll get a great animal
  3. Because it’ll cost you less
  4. Because of the bragging rights
  5. Because it’s one way to fight puppy mills
  6. Because your home will thank you
  7. Because all pets are good for your health, but adoptees offer an extra boost
  8. Because adoption helps more than just one animal
  9. Because The Shelter Pet Project makes it easy
  10. Because you’ll change a homeless animal’s whole world


Are you in a situation where you can’t have animals? Want to get hands on? Volunteer at your local animal shelter/rescue. This can include cuddling with the cats, walking dogs, feeding the reptiles, cleaning out cages, or just comforting those animals in need. Don’t wait! Get involved and become a volunteer.

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