Most pet parents will buy holiday gifts for their pets. Even in these tough economic times, it seems we can't resist spoiling our pets. So put that luxury pet bed under the tree and fill the stockings with toys and treats. Just please do so responsibly.
I feel like most of us know that when we shop at pet stores, we support puppy mills, and, yet, these stores still exist, so people must still be shopping there. ASPCA produced this short video that illustrates what happens when we support these stores (don't worry, it's not graphic):
Please join me in taking the pledge to not shop in stores that sell puppies. Treat pets and pet owners to gifts that give back, instead.
But if store-bought isn't your thing, the holiday gift guide also includes DIY gifts that can be a great way to get the whole family involved. The suggestions they make are economical and eco-friendly in that they mainly make use of items you probably already have around the house. Make them into great holiday gifts for your pets–reuse!
The ASPCA also provides a list of great gift options for pet lovers from companies that give back to animals in need.
One you check out all the great options, join me on Wednesday, December 18 from 7-8 p.m. EST for the ASPCA #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter Party and giveaway extravaganza! Be sure to RSVP to win prizes. See you there for some holiday cheer, SantaPaws style!
The ASPCA has generously donated a holiday gift pack to well minded readers! The gift pack includes The ASPCA 5-piece gift set, Walkers shortbread cookies, ASPCA orange tote, fight cruelty wrist band, cat ears hat, kitten play toy, dog holiday hat, and a 2014 ASPCA calendar. Check it out: