In response to recent letters from Jim Robinson and Kathleen Kramer about children versus pets as priorities, I don't think this is an "either or" situation. Unfortunately, we live in a society in which there is plenty of need on both of these issues. I agree that there should be coverage on both issues, and I have seen many articles in the Herald about both.
I also feel that there is a great need for help on both issues. I applaud your passion and I encourage everyone who has time and or money to spare to volunteer at the many local organizations that offer help to the innocent victims of abuse and neglect.
I encourage everyone to be responsible parents and pet owners, and have only as many of each as you can afford and care for.
I volunteer at the Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch and have made many life-long friends and love every minute I spend there. Look for opportunities that match your skill set and passion. I think you'll be glad you did.