(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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.