5 Ways to Help Pets During the Holidays

The holidays are upon us, and in the midst of the hustle and bustle, partying and gift giving, these organizations are thinking about pets in need. Here’s what they’re up to and how you can help support their efforts.


PetSmart Santa Claws Photo Event

As he has for the past 25 years, Santa will visit PetSmart stores nationwide and in Canada and Puerto Rico this December to pose with pets for the holidays. The events have been taking place on the weekends from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (check your local store to confirm times), with this weekend (Dec. 15 & 16) being the final opportunity.

The photo package includes a 4x6 photo with a collectible holiday frame for $9.95. For each package purchased, PetSmart will donate $5 to participating local animal welfare groups. In 2011, the event raised nearly $865,000 for more than 2,700 organizations.

How You Can Help: Pack up your pets and head to PetSmart for a holiday photo shoot!


Iams Home 4 the Holidays

Now in its 14th year, Iams Home 4 the Holidays partners with the Helen Woodward Animal Center and shelters across the United States in a mission to get petsadopted. Last year, the program helped 1.2 million pets find homes. From Oct. 1, 2012, until Jan. 2, 2013, Iams will work with partner shelters to encourage adoptions by offering a food donation to the shelter for every new pet adopted. And, for consumers not in the position to adopt a pet, there are other ways to help as well.

How You Can Help: For every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign, Iams will donate a bowl of food to a participating shelter. You can also visit Iams’ Facebook page to “like” and “share” specific photos to trigger more donations.

Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation’s “Every Quote Gives Hope” Holiday Donations

For every insurance quote it delivers between Nov. 22 and Dec. 25, Healthy Paws Pet Insurance & Foundation will give pet adoption organizations throughout the U.S.a $350 grant. The grants are used by these organizations specifically for life-saving vaccines, spay/neuter surgeries and advanced medical treatments for homeless pets in their care.

How You Can Help: If you’ve been meaning to look into pet insurance, now’s a great time to do so. Visit Healthy Paws’ website for a free, no-obligation pet insurance quote and Healthy Paws will make a $350 donation to an organization in its network.

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