The only thing that makes buying a paw-print-embroidered sweater more exciting is knowing that some of the money you're spending is going to a good cause. When you're sniffing out the perfect gifts for the holidays this year, look out for these 15 businesses that have formed partnerships with shelters in need.
1. Alex and Ani
"Animals hold an important place in our natural world, in our culture, and most importantly, in our homes," jewelry company Alex and Ani says about our furry friends. For every Prints of Love Charm Bangle sold, the company donates 20% of the purchase price to the ASPCA
. Regardless of the number of the bracelets sold, Alex and Ani has pledged to donate a minimum of $20,000 to animals in need between December 2014 and December 2015.
2. West Elm
Inspired by some of the Internet's most famous dogs like Manny the Frenchie
and Koroto and Chibi
, West Elm has partnered with the ASPCA this year to create a special line of handcrafted felt ornaments. For every animal ornament purchased, West Elm will donate $1 to the ASPCA. And because these are felt, these ornaments are great little decorations for your cork-board well beyond Christmas.
3. Walkers Shortbread
This Scottish company may donate to the ASPCA, but the cookies you buy are for humans only! This year marks the fourth year that Walkers has supported the organization - in 2014, the company donated $60,000 to animal welfare. As if you needed another incentive, the shortbread cookies are shaped like tiny Scottish Terriers.
4. Candle Cafe
Candle Cafe is famously known as a vegan restaurant on New York's Upper East Side, but the company also sells frozen vegan meals - and part of their proceeds are donated to The Humane Society of the United States
. You can pick up any of Candle Cafe's four frozen vegan meals at your local Whole Foods market.
5. Delta Airlines
Using Delta Airlines's SkyWish program, members of the airline's SkyMiles program can donate unused miles to The Humane Society of the United States, which uses the miles to transport employees and animals.
Lush is barktastic enough for fighting against animal testing, but they also have a special product called Charity Pots
whose proceeds are donated to "humanitarian, environmental and animal rights causes locally and around the world." In the past, Lush has donated to the Beagle Freedom Project
, which rescues dogs from product testing.
When you use Amazon Smile, a portion of every purchase you make is donated to the charity of your choice. Amazon Smile features over 20,000 animal rescue organizations including the ASPCA, the McKamey Animal Center
, and World Animal Protection
If you're a company that manufactures dog food, it only makes sense to donate, well, dog food. In 2014, Purina donated nearly 6 million pounds of pet food and yummy treats to more than 940 shelters and organizations in the United States. Purina also recently acquired Petfinder
, which works with more than 13,000 shelters nationwide to create a searchable database for animals in need of a home and has assisted with 24 million adoptions so far.
Meet Jingle and Bell, the face of Hallmark's campaign to help pets find loving homes. This season, Hallmark donated $100,000 to Best Friends Animal Society
to cover adoption fees over the next two years. This holiday season, Hallmark is selling Jingle & Bell plush toys, children's books, and even toys for your dog.
Overstock has always been a company with compassion at the center of everything it does, so partnering with Best Friends Animal Society was a no-brainer. Overstock has a base in Utah right near Best Friends, so the two have come to be, well, best friends. On Overstock's website
, they say, "We believe that every animal deserves to have a good home, so we fully support Best Friends' no-kill initiatives and their extraordinary adoption program."
11. Best Western
Using Best Western's Rewards program
, frequent travelers can donate their points to the Best Friends Animal Society. For every 500 points, you can give $2 to the no-kill shelter.
12. Build-A-Bear Workshop
They may focus their efforts on bears in the store, but when it comes to making donations, Build-A-Bear is proud to donate over $41 million to improve the lives of humans and animals alike. The Hugs Foundation has given welfare programs like RedRover
and Save a Pet
donations that have made a huge difference in dogs' lives.
Check out these fresh kicks! Vans has a special line of slip-ons in collaboration with the ASPCA to promote the work that they are doing and raise awareness for animal welfare.
Every dog loves chewing on a Kong, and dogs in shelters shouldn't be deprived of that luxury. On Kong's website, shelters and rescues can register and receive free Kongs, event donations, new adopter kits, and more.
Petco pretty much does it all. Aside from providing you with the best toys and treats for your dog, the company homes more than 400,000 animals every year through its Think Adoption First program. Petco even offers grants
to welfare organizations to fund sheltering and adoptions.
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