The holidays are a time for giving. So we compiled a list of gifts for pet and animal lovers that not only give to the recipient but also give back to some very worthy causes.
1) We think a lot of cat lovers will get a kick all year long out this Cats in Hats calendar for $7.95 from The Animal Rescue Site:
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.
Besides being a great place to find a gift with a pet-related theme, 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).
2) UNICEF has a beautiful collection of animal themed cards and gifts (including jewelry, home decor, and accessories).
One of our favorites this year is this Cat in Meditation sculpture. For a $67.99 purchase cost, this wood sculpture can provide 38 packets of lifesaving nourishment to children suffering from acute malnutrition.
3) 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, are packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled paper box.
Or, for $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 farm animal rescue and protection organization. Since 1986, Farm Sanctuary’s annual Adopt a Turkey Project has led to the rescue of more than 1,000 turkeys.
4) Cat earrings from Paws 4 a Cure:
Young and old cat lovers will likely love these cat earrings, which are available in nine different colors from Paws 4 A Cure. We actually gave a pair of these to a cat lover last year and she loved them so much that she started wearing them as soon as she opened the gift.
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.”
5) The 2020 version of the Australian Firefighters Calendar:
There are six editions of this 2020 calendar, featuring for the first time the addition of France and Germany’s sexiest firefighters alongside rescue cats, dogs, horses, Australian native animals, and even farm animals.
In 2020, the Australian Firefighters Calendar will support:
•Healing Hooves, which helps children suffering from Autism and Asperger’s, returning veterans suffering from PTSD, and older people with dementia and Alzheimer’s;
•Currumbin Wildlife Hospital, which has been caring for injured native Australian animals for over 70 years;
•BackTrack, which was founded by Bernie Shakeshaft and helps disaffected youth get their lives back on track using a back to basics formula of respect and responsibility;
•Down Syndrome South Australia;
•Pets of the Homeless, which feeds the pets of homeless people and provides temporary housing for pets that can no longer be looked after by their owners due to domestic violence situations or unforeseeable events that can occur.
Over 27 years, the Australian Firefighters Calendar has raised more than $3 million for various charities.
To learn more and see the covers of the 2020 calendars, and, come on, you know you want to, visit AustralianFirefightersCalendar.com.
6)K9 Sport Sack.
What’s the stylish dog lover wearing this season?
That is, if they get a K9 Sport Sack.
K9 Sport Sack makes a variety of sizes and styles of backpacks for carrying your best friend.
And a portion of every order is donated to animal rescues and shelters all across the world.
7) Susan the Snow Monkey.
We definitely don’t believe that monkeys should be pets. See why at:
But, monkey lovers and kids of all ages can still enjoy monkeys and help real ones with the purchase of this plush snow monkey, which is 12 inches tall. And, if her super cuteness or great price of $15 isn’t enough to motivate you to make her a special gift for someone this season, take note that she’s also environmentally conscious — her fur is made from 110% recycled water bottles!
Available through Born Free USA’s online shop, the snow monkey and other items let you spread the message of compassionate conservation while supporting Born USA’s programs to protect animals.
According to their website, Born Free USA houses a 186-acre sanctuary, located in south Texas, which provides a safe, permanent home to 531 monkeys, many rescued from abuse in roadside zoos or as pets in private homes or retired from research.
8) I’d Rather Be With My Dog sherpa.
Help someone you love stay warm and comfy this winter with a fleece sherpa from I’d Rather Be With My Dog for $89.99.
“All things considered, I would rather be with my dog,” is a popular Internet meme and sentiment which rings true for many (we find ourselves thinking it multiple times a day). And, idratherbewithmydog.net/ is also gaining ground in Internet popularity by providing clothing and other items with the popular logo.
You also have the option of adding on a “I’d rather be with my human” doggie bandana and magnet for $5 when buying the sherpa.
Every month, the clothing/dog bed company donates 5 to 10% of sales to a different cause or rescue.
9) Floating Birthstone Purse Locket or Key Ring for dog and cat lovers.
With this unique, personalized key ring, you can add up to eight floating paw birthstone dog/cat charms.
Paw print birthstone charms are sold separately in the Paw Print Birthstone Charm collection. They key ring is $14.95. Charms are 1.99 each.
Every product ordered from PawZaar results in a donation to help sponsor a shelter pet, and every PawZaar order ships with a photo of a shelter dog or cat whose care has been sponsored by the PawZaar community.
And, when you’re done shopping for the humans in your life, check out our list of great gifts for your pets; we have a list for every kind of pet from dogs to horses, and from turtles to rabbits.