3 Ways to Help Animals During the Holidays

dog-1115700_640The holidays are a special time of year. It’s a time for family, friends, and sharing gifts and time with those we love. Many people support various organizations and charities during the holiday season, as well. Most of these wonderful causes benefit the disadvantaged, elderly, or children in our communities. But there are ways to help the furry friends in your community, as well. Here are a few ways you can help animals and animal-related organizations this holiday season.

Give Cruelty-Free Gifts

This is one of those small things that doesn’t really feel like it’s making a difference. But rest assured that it is. When shopping for holiday gifts for loved ones, check to ensure the product was made without animal testing. Many products will note this on the label. You may even include this gift tag to inspire your recipient to buy cruelty-free as well.

Donate to Animal Shelters

Your local animal shelter always needs supplies. Like all non-profit organizations, they rely on volunteers and donations to keep the lights on. Items such as blankets, towels, toys, dog and cat food, litter, and multi-purpose cleaner will always be welcome. Check your local shelter’s website to find their wishlist for items that are in highest demand.

Adopt a Pet

If you’ve been considering adding a furry friend to your family, now is the time. Many shelters lower or waive adoption fees during the holiday season. Tread carefully if you’re giving a pet as a gift, though. Pets are a long-term commitment. They require time, care, and money. Don’t surprise someone with a pet; follow the steps in this post to learn how to give a pet as a gift in a way that is appropriate and welcome.

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