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  • Molly Weinfurter

13 Amazing Gifts That Help Animals in Need

Updated: Mar 1

A meaningful gift is the perfect way to strengthen the bond between you and a loved one. If that person is an animal lover, finding a product that makes an impact for rescue animals is sure to warm their heart. Luckily, there are plenty of adorable, fun, and practical items that also donate a portion of their sales to animals in need. Keep reading to get ideas for the perfect gift while also making an impact.

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Dog patterned shoes

Bobs from Skechers offers shoes that are a dream for animal lovers. The shoes are comfortable for any occasion while also having the cutest colorful pattern of cartoon dogs. They're lightweight with a memory foam interior to cushion your feet. When you buy Bobs for Dogs shoes from Skechers, part of that money goes toward saving the lives of shelter animals. So far, Skechers has donated over $10 million to help homeless dogs and cats.

iHeartDogs has a super simple mission statement: Happy Homes, Healthy Pets, Empty Shelters. Healthy dogs make happy homes, and you can get a healthier pup with supplements from their Happy Healthy line. They have products to help relieve itchy skin, support joint health, give senior dogs comfort in their old age, and more. What better gift to give your pup than good health? Every purchase gives back through Greater Good Charities feeding shelter dogs so that rescues and shelters can put their funds to other things - like necessary medical care and essentials like running water and electricity.

Sloth wildlife bracelet

Pura Vida is a bracelet company known for donating proceeds to animal organizations. This charity wildlife bracelet specifically goes toward helping preserve and recover the wild sloth population. It even has an adorable little sloth charm to remind the wearer of the impact their bracelet made. It's crafted with wax-coated strands for a waterproof exterior, and it has an adjustable band that lets it stretch from 2 to 5 inches in diameter.

End Puppy Mills shirt

Bailing Out Benji, an organization that fights against puppy mills, sells a lot of adorable merch to help with their mission. The merch not only spreads the word about the horrors of puppy mills, but the proceeds go toward the organization to help them gather research about puppy mills and host more events to spread awareness. You can find shirts, stickers, tumblers, and more.

Beagle stuffed animal

Stuffed animals are great for cuddling at any age. The Shelter Pets Stuffed Animals are special because they're based on real-life shelter animals. Plus, 10% of every sale is donated to the shelter that animal was adopted from. So far, the company has donated over $20,000 to animal organizations. You can either choose the plush toy that you think is the cutest or one that resembles a dog you know in real life.

Gifting a memento of a lost pet can help soothe the wound and be a constant reminder that when our pets pass, they never really leave us. The memory of your friend's passed pet can help do good for other animals when you gift them a memorial from iHeartCats. These sweet keepsakes feed shelter pets through Greater Good Charities. Every purchase provides meals for hungry animals so shelters and rescues can use their funds for other essentials.

Bissell Pet Carpet Cleaner

If you know someone who would love a practical gift, the Bissell Little Green does wonders for keeping a home with pets clean. With this machine, you can apply cleaning spray onto the carpet or furniture, rub it in, and suck up the excess moisture all in one swift motion. It's a great way to remove odors and stains quickly before they soak into your floor. Plus, every Bissell purchase supports the Bissell Foundation, which is an organization that helps homeless pets.

Grounds & Hounds coffee

Grounds & Hounds' slogan is "every cup helps a pup." So, it's the perfect gift for anyone who loves both dogs and coffee. This starter kit comes with three popular blends: Alpha Blend (dark roast), Morning Walk (light roast), and Paper & Slippers (medium roast). However, if you know exactly what kind of coffee the person would like, you can buy individual packages too.

Puppie Love rescue dog shirt

Puppie Love's clothing has the cutest little dog logo on the back of every shirt. You can find Puppie Love apparel in almost any color, along with many seasonal options for specific holidays. This company's slogan is "Save, Rescue, Love" because they donate 10% of their profits to animal shelters and rescues. They've currently donated over $622k to animal organizations.

Tito's Handmade Vodka Mug

Tito's Handmade Vodka is a company that cares deeply about pets, so they regularly donate to animal organizations. Even if you don't like vodka, they have other products to choose from, such as this charming copper mug. They also sell squeaky dog toys that look like little bottles of alcohol. So, whether or not you enjoy their beverages, they're a great company to support.

Pooping Pooches Gag Gift Calendar

Pooping Pooches is the perfect silly gift for a white elephant gift or for an animal lover with a sense of humor. Every year, this brand creates a new calendar with photos of dogs pooping next to beautiful landscapes. $1 from every sale goes toward helping dogs in need, so it's a great way to get a laugh while also feeling good about your purchase.

Pawz Rescue Dog Shirts

Pawz is another pet-themed apparel company that donates part of the profits to animal organizations. They have donated over $300,000 to no-kill animal shelters while also raising awareness for animals in need. They sell a variety of cute and comfortable clothing, such as shirts, hoodies, and hats. With such a wide variety of colors and styles, there are options for all dog lovers.

13. Donate in Someone's Name

Gifts don't have to be physical items. For someone passionate about animal rescue, donating to their favorite organization in their name could be a great way to bring them joy. You could also consider sponsoring an adoptable dog in their name by paying for the adoption fee. Giving them a framed receipt of the donation can be a great way to document it, but in most cases, simply donating is more than enough for an animal lover.

Black and white rescue dog

There are so many ways to give a meaningful gift that also makes an impact for animals in need. If you have an animal lover in your life, there's a good chance one of these gifts will make them happier than any traditional gift. After all, these items let the person know that you care about them and about animals too.


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