7 Gifts That Give Back to Animals
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:
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 eighth annual calendar. $20 at hsar.org
Adopt an Animal
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
Humane Society Jacket and Tote
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
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
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
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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