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If you’re starting the search for the perfect gifts for the animal lovers in your life, we have some ideas that will warm their hearts for sure. From calendars to jewelry to chocolate, we’ve rounded up presents that allow you to help animals and get a little something in return.
What better way for a friend to keep track of her plans than with photos of adorable animals? Many shelters and rescue groups offer cute calendars for a donation. Here’s a sampling of our favorites:
Animal Alliance of NYC: Some of the most adorable cats, dogs and bunnies of Animal Care & Control of NYC appear in the pages of New York's Kindest 2015 calendar. $18 plus $2 shipping at nycacc.org
ARF’s Celebrity Calendar: Andy Cohen, Kathy Ireland and Sam Champion are among the famous faces that appear with pets in a calendar to raise money for Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation. $15 at arf.net
Kittendales: We couldn’t resist this one. Men from the beach town of Hull, Massachusetts, pose with kittens who are up for adoption through Hull Seaside Animal Rescue for the no-kill cat shelter’s eighthannual calendar. $20 at hsar.org
Many reputable zoos and wildlife charities offer the chance to symbolically adopt an animal or a species; in exchange, you get a gift for someone on your list.
San Diego Zoo: Choose from 10 species to adopt, including cheetahs, gorillas and condors. There are five adoption levels, so you can find one that best fits your budget. For $35, the first level includes a digital photo and adoption certificate. On the highest end, $1,000 gets you a plush animal, journal and an exclusive keeper talk. $35 to $1,000 from the San Diego Zoo
World Wildlife Fund: The group offers dozens of species to adopt. New this year are the African black-footed penguin, the ocelot and search dogs trained to sniff out wildlife contraband. Adoption kits range in price; the most popular is $55. That kit comes with a stuffed animal, adoption certificate, photo and gift bag. $25 to $100 at World Wildlife
Your recipient will think of you every month if you give a gift that keeps on giving — to animals — with a regular contribution to The Humane Society of the United States. A monthly donation of $19, $25 or $36 (or any amount you choose) makes you a Humane Hero. With your gift, you get an HSUS windbreaker and tote bag, plus a subscription to the group’s All Animals magazine. $19 per month and up at the Humane Society
Giving animal-themed jewelry supports the ASPCA. The Prints of Love charm from Alex and Ani is a cute paw-print to add to your bracelet. The company donates 20 percent of the purchase price to the ASPCA. $28 from Alex and Ani
If that’s not the style you’re looking for, ASPCA Tender Voices jewelry line includes pendants of dolphins, horses, cats, dogs — even biscuits or fire hydrants. Most are sterling silver, though some are gold, and many have diamonds. A portion of the proceeds goes to the ASPCA. $49 to $399 at Zales, Reeds, and amazon.com
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