(HOLIDAYS/CHRISTMAS) Need ideas on how to spread the holiday spirit with our animal friends? Check out these nine ways you can show your love for animals this holiday season. — Global Animal

1.  Shop Compassionately

Bo Obama goes shopping with the President. Photo Credit: Pool / Getty Images
Portuguese Water Dog Bo Obama goes shopping with the President. Photo Credit: Pool / Getty Images

Show your love for animals by shopping compassionately this holiday season. From cosmetics that don’t test on animals, to avoiding leather, fur, ivory and feathered products, there are many animal-friendly options to choose from. Check out these tips for compassionate shopping, and while you’re at it, visit our list of companies that don’t test on animals.


2. Spruce Up Your Pet

Feline Santa look alike. Photo credit: blogs.babble.com
Get your pet in the holiday spirit with a festive Santa hat! Photo credit: blogs.babble.com

One of the best parts of the holiday season is being able to shamelessly show off your Christmas spirit to friends and family. Why not also slap a Santa hat on your furry friend? Trust us, even Grumpy Cat would look a little less grumpy.


3. Become A Foster Pet Parent

There may not be a more fulfilling experience than a giving an animal a good home. Fostering an animal can open spots at overcrowded shelters and provide the foster animal the time he/she needs to be ready for adoption. How do you go about fostering an animal? Start by contacting your local shelter and filling out a foster parent application.


4. Make A Donation To Local Shelters

A 1-year-old pit bull nicknamed Patrick sits Tuesday, April 5, 2011, near piles of gifts donated to him as he recovers at Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls, N.J., after being found starved and dumped in a trash chute. Kisha Curtis, 27, of Newark, pleaded not guilty to animal abuse charges. Authorities believe Curtis tied the dog to a railing in her Newark apartment building and left the state for more than a week. Letters and donations have poured in from the around the world in support of Patrick. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans
Donation can make add some happiness to an animals life. Photo Credit: AP Photo/Mel Evans

Monetary donations are always helpful to any animal rescue or shelter, but if you would like to donate something with a more personal touch, then a collar, blanket, bed, bag of food, or extra crate, could be just the thing.


5. Walk Shelter Dogs

Justin Silver, who consults with urban dog owners on CBS’s new series “Dogs in the City.” Photo credit: Heather Wines/CBS
Justin Silver consults with urban dog guardians on the CBS series “Dogs in the City.” Photo credit: Heather Wines/CBS

Shelter dogs, like all dogs, love to walk. Be a friend to man’s best friend this season and donate some of your own time. Contact your local shelter and inquire about being a dog walker on your spare time. A tired dog is a happy dog.


6. Play In The Snow With Your Dog

Dog having fun with his friend.
A girl has fun with her furry friend in the snow.

One of the best (and let’s admit it, sometimes the worst) parts of winter is snow. Why not enjoy the snow with your pooch in tow? Add to the fun by placing a treat on a chew toy and hiding it underneath the snow. Your pup will absolutely love it!


7. Cook A Meal For Your Pet

Cook for the whole family this year. Photo: Holloway/Getty Images
Hungry, hungry dog. Photo: Holloway/Getty Images

While you’re cooking for family and friends this year, add some animal-friendly treats to this year’s holiday feast. Just be careful with what you feed your animal, and if you need ideas, we may have you covered with these delicious dog treat recipes.


8. Host A Pet Food Drive

A food drive can feed a lot of hungry animals. Photo: Petsit.com
A food drive can feed a lot of hungry animals. Photo: Petsit.com

Gather neighbors, family, and friends, and put on a food drive. Food drives can feed homeless animals in already overcrowded shelters and can keep other animals from being relinquished or abandoned by their financially-strapped families. Turn to Facebook and call your loved ones into action. Need help organizing it? No problem, Best Friends Animal Society can help!


9. Make A Tribute Donation


Recognize and honor your loved ones this holiday season by making a tribute donation in their memory. Whether animal or human, donating in their name is a special and meaningful way to recognize the impact they had on your life.