The first year I did the blog post about holiday shopping to help the animals, I had no idea it was going to become such a popular thing :) I don't like to do it too early, being old school to disapprove of anyone trying to start the season too soon.
So this year ... if you are looking for holiday gifts, decorations and stocking stuffers that will do double duty by helping the animals, this is what I've been able to round up:
- their beautiful wreaths were so popular last year that East Coast German Shepherd Rescue are selling them again this year
- on their lovely website, ARC is selling Jewelry and they also have a neat little online store there where one can find all kinds of neat little stocking stuffers. Helpful hint .. their lovely travel mugs hold exactly a package of Hershey's kisses to sweeten the deal .. although the boys tell me they are also great for keeping hornets out of their beer in the summer :)
- there is going to be a Silent Auction at the 23rd Annual Telethon of Love for the LA Animal Shelter in Amherst which is being held on Sunday, Dec 5th
- As well as selling their ever popular Cherished Pets Calendars, CAPS is also offering a Gift Sponsorship package where kind hearts can give a sponsorship package that includes a certificate and a picture of the pet being sponsored .... sent in a gift card to the recipient. What a very cool idea for those hard to shop for folks!
- Atlantic Small Dog Rescue has taken the extraordinary step of sharing their weekly online auctions with other rescues ... how awesome is that? Every week there is a new auction, so its best to bookmark it for easy access.
- And of course there are always interesting possiblities at the Second Chance for Charity Booth at the Harbourview Market
- For those with a sweet tooth, Lab Rescue ALWAYS has their lovely almond chocolate bars for sale :)
- Pick of the Litter society, being CRA registered, is able to offer tax receipts for any gift donations made to their group :)
- SHAID is holding its Annual Open House at the shelter on Dec 5th and as well as lovely furry friends to meet there will be a bake table and crafts too !
- The TLC shelter is holding its annual Open House on the fifth as well .... and I expect they would be delighted to receive any gift donations any kind hearts wanted to offer
- I know that someone is doing a fundraiser for Ador a Bull but cannot find a link for it on their website ... so if someone would please email me about it I'll get it in this list
- The Bide Awhile Open House is on the 13th this year
- There is a really neat special Scentsy "I love my pet" flameless scented container being offered to help the Yarmouth SPCA
And of course, last but not least, if you are thinking of enriching your life with a pet this holiday season, please consider the adoption option. I know at one time it was impossible to adopt during the holiday season, but there is more Hope for the Holidays these days, eh?
What time is it? Its always time to remember that there are many wonderful ways to shop AND help the animals.