Looking for any last minute gifts for animal lovers on your list? Here are some ideas for gifts with a cause for paws.
Take a spin through the Pennsylvania SPCA's cyberstore to benefit the PSPCA. In it you'll find "Give Love Get Love" T-shirts, Tastykake collectible package containing a plush dog or cat, special dog and cat lovers cake collections and a PSPCA jumbo coffee mug. Or how about a Phillies calendar featuring Philadelphia's top pro sports animal lover, Chase Utley. The 16-month calendar (Sept 2009-Dec 2010) also helps the PSPCA. Or support homeless and abused pit bulls with a gift of apparel or accessories featuring the PSPCA's 2nd Chance Dog campaign
Give the Humane Society of United States' collectible holiday ornament to your loved ones by making a $50 gift donation to HSUS. Donate $90 or more and you'll also get an ornament for yourself. The ornament features a seal mother and pup crafted in 24-karat-gold-plated brass and comes packaged in a gift box. The Humane Society International's Humane fifts are a fast, easy way to bring a smile to everyone on your holiday list. By sending Humane Gifts, you'll support the group's life-saving programs for animals. You can send personalized holiday e-cards to let your loved ones know about the programs you've funded in their names.
Also, the HSUS online store Humane Domain carries a wide array of pet products and toys, as well as gifts for pet lovers, including jewelry, sleepwear and decorative accessories. Their exclusive line of Animal Cause Gear T-shirts and accessories have messages about adoption, spay/neuter, ending dogfighting, stopping puppy mills, protecting seals, going fur free and more.
For the cat lover on your list, Alley Cat Allies offers an array of tote bags, winter caps, T-shirts, bumper stickers "Cats Nap Humans Put them to Sleep" and a full line of Lands End products with Alley Cat Allies logo.
Sign up soon time is running out for Farm Sanctuary's "Peace for Animals" star-studded holiday auction. Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are chairing the online auction to benefit the nation's largest farm animal protection education and advocacy group. It features 65 gifts such as the Volturi crest from the set of The Twilight Saga: New Moon, Emily Deschanel's personalized lab coat from the hit series Bones and special events like a private yoga session with hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons. Also, up for grabs to the highest bidder, dinner with U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich, tickets to any Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show plus meet-and-greet with Joan for four people and a tour of Ed Begley, Jr.'s amazing eco home, lunch with him and memorabilia.
The bidding ends Dec. 15. Click here for more.
Holiday shoppers can help needy pets by clicking your mous with more than 140 online retailers including Macy's, Walmart and Amazon, Gaiam and Fetch Dog participating. Consumers can log on to these retail sites through www.BringPetsHome.org and automatically a portion of the purchase (amount varies by retailer) is donated to shelters nationally or used to provide immediate assistance to a shelter in their community.
Clunkers For Critters. When it is time to say goodbye to your old jalopy, consider donating it to the global animal advocacy group, In Defense of Animals. Donating your vehicle will save animals' lives and ensure the work of IDA continues. Your donated vehicle, a tax-deductible contribution, does not need to be registered or even in running condition. The group will pick up or tow the vehicle from almost anywhere. For more information, call Sage at 415-448-0048, ext. 218 or check the IDA website. There is a form to fill out and you can write off up to $500 for the donation.