7 Gifts That Give Back to Animals


Even eating chocolate can help animals. Sounds like a win-win!

Brooklyn, New York-based artisan company Rescue Chocolate gives 100 percent of its net profits to animal rescue groups — and it has fun names for its candy bars, such as the Peanut Butter Pit Bull, Foster-iffic Peppermint and Robust Rescue. $1.69 to $15 each at rescuechocolate.com

Endangered Species Chocolate donates 10 percent of its net profits to partner organizations that support species conservation, habitat preservation and humanitarian efforts. The cream-filled bars are gluten free and available at natural food retailers around the country as well as on Amazon. $24 to $46 at amazon.com

Dog IDs

Help keep a friend's dog safe with the gift of a Blanket ID tag, which help make it easier to find a lost dog. Each stylish tag has a dog's ID number. If the pet is lost or missing, the owner reports it at blanketid.com, and the company broadcasts information by email to local shelters, animal hospitals, rescues and anyone else signed up to get alerts. If someone finds the pet, that person can enter the ID on the pet's tag and quickly access contact information to help reunite owner and dog. And every membership raises money for animal welfare. $24.99 plus an annual membership at blanketid.com

Kitten card
Courtesy of Holiday Card Center
Kittens in Santa hats are among the options for holiday cards that benefit The American Humane Association.

Holiday Cards

Animal holiday cards are the gift that fits everyone on your list. The Holiday Card Center has tons you can choose from, including photos and illustrations of puppies and kittens. The cards benefit the American Humane Association. $25.99 for 25 cards at holidaycardcenter.org

Two other options are cards to benefit the Best Friends Animal Society or service dog cards from the Guide Dog Foundation. The Best Friends cards come in sets of 12 for $7.99 through wag.com. Service dog cards are 10 cards for $8 through the Guide Dog Foundation. About 65 percent of the proceeds go to the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind or America's VetDogs, as specified by the customer.

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