The holidays are a time for giving. So we compiled a list of gifts for the pet lover (and also some for pets) that not only give to the recipient but to some very worthy causes.
1) We think a lot of cat lover will get a kick out this cat shaming calendar for $10.47 from The Animal Rescue Site:
The Animal Rescue Site is a powerhouse in the come and go world of animal sites. It has been around since 2000. It has a button you can click daily that helps feed animals in need and boasts over 600,000,000 bowls of food donated at this point.
Besides being a great place to pick up a gift with a pet-related theme in a variety of areas, your purchase also goes towards feeding shelter animals (each product will give you an estimate of how many animals will be fed by your purchase).
In addition to calendars, there are socks, shoes, shorts, bags and blankets. There’s also home decor, jewelry, kitchenware, and stuff for yard and garden.
Prices are very reasonable and discounts are often offered as well.
2) UNICEF has a beautiful collection of animal themed cards and gifts.
Here are a few gift ideas we like:
Some of our picks (and we will definitely be back to the site for our own holiday shopping):
The card below is from the Holiday Cards Boxed Set, ‘Asian Deer,’ and sells for only $12. This purchase can also help fund 8 doses of measles vaccine for kids, according to the site.
Jewelry, home decor, accessories and more can be browsed for a memorable gift for anyone who loves animals.
3) DeviantArt.com This forum for digital artists of all levels to display their work contains a myriad of animal artwork that can be purchased as prints of various sizes. Not only do you benefit your “giftee,” but you help support budding digital artists (who receive a portion of the purchase of their artwork).
Here are some of the many examples of the beautiful and unique works available:
4) Create a purr-sonal gift by customizing the illustrated cat in the book, If My Cat Could Talk, to closely resemble a child’s own pet, choosing from numerous cat styles and colors.
The cat’s name and the names of up to four family members are also included throughout the story and illustrations. A special message for the dedication page and two photos can be added as well.
From October through the end of December 2018, personalized publisher I See Me! is partnering with Anjellicle Cats Rescue in New York City. Customers who use the code ACR10 will receive a 10 percent discount on their purchase, and a percent of proceeds will benefit the nonprofit cat rescue.
Cat lovers seeking a book starring their pet can order at www.iseeme.com, where it will ship directly to the recipient.
5) ArcBarks dog biscuits.
A great small gift for the dog lover and you can give directly as a gift to your dog. A two-pack of Peanut Butter Barkers is just $10.
ArcBarks was conceived and developed by The Arc of Greensboro, Inc., an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and their families.
ArcBarks provides vocational training and post-high school options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
When chefs at arcBarks get confidence and skills, they learn receive counseling about possibilities for employment in the community, which means more new chefs can be trained!
Unlike some packaged store treats that make you wonder what exactly your pet is eating, these treats are preservative-free. In fact, the ingredients are oatmeal and flour, freshly ground peanut butter, vegetable oil, fresh water and love!
For more about arcBarks, check out arcbarks.com.
6) Know someone with a sweet tooth? Surprise and delight them with a Fall Leaves and Caramels Box from Farm Santuary for $30.
The vegan, handcrafted artisan chocolate that is also organic, fair trade and made of fresh (locally sourced) ingredients, helps farm animals and supports the Farm Sanctuary’s rescue, education, and advocacy work. The caramels, which come in Maple Pecan Caramel, Apple Caramel, Spicy Apple Caramel, and Maple Cream Leaf flavors, even come in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper box.
And, for another $35, you can symbolically adopt a turkey and have a certificate sent to the same or a different gift recipient — also courtesy of Farm Sanctuary. Farm Sanctuary is the nation’s largest and farm animal rescue and protection organization. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project has led to the rescue of more than one thousand turkeys.
7) Young and old cat lovers will likely love these cat earrings, which are available in nine different colors from Paws 4 A Cure.
Each pair is only $5.42, which makes for a great stocking stuffer. And the money goes to Paws 4 A Cure, a non-profit that provides assistance with veterinary care, thus providing hope to pet owners experiencing financial difficulty whose pets have been injured or become ill.
As they note on their site:
The majority of our applicants are hardworking people that came upon hard times financially when their pet had an illness or injury that treatment is outside of what they could afford, a senior citizen or U.S. veteran that is on a fixed income, a disabled adult or child’s service dog, or a person that has high medical bills due of their own when their dog or cat became injured or sick. Often, a person might have acquired a dog or cat prior to his or her becoming disabled. Until you are in their position you cannot understand how hard it was for these people to apply for assistance.
8) Dog lovers can enjoy looking at cute rescued pups all year long with the “Bow to Wow: Amazing Shelter Dog Makeovers” 2019 Calendar.
Pet industry leaders Wahl and GreaterGood.org teamed up to create the calendar, which celebrates second chances at life. For each purchase, $5 will be donated to GreaterGood.org with the purpose to further support animal adoption efforts.
In addition to heartwarming bios and images of the twelve shelter dogs featured, the calendar also includes significant ‘pet holidays’ so the recipient will never forget when to take their dog to work, hug their hound, celebrate guide dogs or any other important pooch-related event.
The Dirty Dogs 2019 Calendar is available for $9.99 at WahlUSA.com/DirtyDogsCalendar.