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It’s that time of year again! The gift-giving season is upon us. Even though we don’t recommend giving a pet as a gift, we are huge fans of giving amazing holiday gifts that bring cheer to the recipient while also helping homeless animals and other animals in need. This season there are many fabulous gift ideas for pet lovers and non-pet lovers alike—from delectable edibles, to eco-friendly pet collars and leashes, to handmade jewelry and candles—so there is sure to be something for everyone on your list. And the best part is that when you shop this holiday season you will also be helping animals!

Autographed Broadway Barks Calendar and Hounds


Calendars are always a popular holiday gift, and this one is sure to be a hit! For only $25 you can get a 2014 Broadway Barks calendar autographed by Broadway legend and Broadway Barks co-founder Bernadette Peters! (Calendars without an autograph are available for $20.) The calendar is filled with fabulous photographs of Broadway celebrities who have participated in the annual Broadway Barks adoption event. Michael Cerveris, Peter Gallagher, Sean Hayes, Anjelica Huston, Jeremy Jordan, Angela Lansbury, Nathan Lane, Lea Michele, Mary Tyler Moore, Bebe Neuwirth, Bernadette Peters, David Hyde Pierce, Andrew Rannells, and Jo Anne Worley are featured with some of the wonderful animals adopted at Broadway Barks. The autographed calendar makes a wonderful keepsake, so you’ll want to get plenty for your family and friends as well as one for yourself! Quantities are limited so be sure to order soon. All proceeds from the sale of this calendar go to help NYC’s homeless animals. Click here to order a 2014 Broadway Barks calendar now!

The winter collection of Broadway Barks Hounds has arrived! These collectible pillow-soft stuffed dogs are a perfect memento of Broadway Barks and make a wonderful holiday gift for dog lovers and fans of Bernadette Peters. Each limited-edition hound is personally signed by Bernadette Peters and sports a specially designed Broadway Barks signature collar. Only 15 of these collectible autographed hounds exist so you have to act fast! There are only 10 Black Hounds, 4 Tan Hounds, and 1 White-and-Tan Hound currently available. Each Broadway Barks Hound is $125 and shipping is included. You also get a complimentary Playbill from Broadway Barks 15 with your order. All proceeds from the sale of the hounds will be used by the Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals to help save the lives of NYC’s homeless pets. Click here to order now.

Man’s Best Friend Bracelet

New York jewelry designer Stephen Prescott has designed a collection of charming “friendship” bracelets for dog lovers everywhere. The woven leather bracelets come in a variety of colors and sizes, for both men and women, with unique sterling silver accents that cleverly incorporate the shape of a dog bone. You can customize each bracelet by choosing the thickness of the leather strand, the color of the leather, and the style of the clasp and caps. Designer Stephen Prescott says, “Dogs have always been an important part of my life and have given me so much. It’s now time to give back.” The thin-strand bracelet costs $60 and the wide-strand bracelet costs $125, with 50% from each bracelet going to your choice of animal rescue or charity. Click here to order a Man’s Best Friend Bracelet today!


Rescue Chocolate

Rescue Chocolate was created in 2009 after founder Sarah Gross became inspired by a homeless pit bull named Mocha. Sarah adopted Mocha, and the two have been inseparable ever since. Rescue Chocolate is sure to please the taste buds of all the chocolate lovers on your gift list this holiday season. As the slogan on their website states, flavors like Forever Mocha, Peanut Butter Pit Bull, and Mission Feral Fig make Rescue Chocolate “the sweetest way to save a life.” All the chocolate bars sold by Rescue Chocolate are made with organic and fairly traded chocolate, and each bar is vegan and kosher. Handcrafted in Brooklyn, New York, Rescue Chocolate bars are wrapped in eco-friendly packaging highlighting issues affecting homeless animals everywhere. Prices range from $1.69 to $15, and 100% of the net profits of all chocolate bars purchased are donated to animal rescue organizations around the nation. Click here to purchase some delicious Rescue Chocolate now!


Rescued Wine Candles

Rescued Wine candles are a perfect gift for the wine enthusiasts or candle lovers on your holiday gift list. The soy-based candles come in recycled wine bottles and have 100% cotton wicks, which makes them cleaner burning, longer lasting, and environmentally friendly. Discarded wine bottles are collected, cleaned, and cut by hand. The candles are then hand-poured at the company’s candle studio in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in the northern California town of Truckee. The candles have delicious wine-based scents like Merlot, Cabernet, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sauvignon Blanc. Rescued Wine candles are sold at retailers throughout the US and online at the company’s website. The candles cost $28 and last for 80 hours. They make a unique gift, and their beautifully blended, warm aromas fill an entire room with a wonderful, rich fragrance. Rescued Wine is passionate about animals and the planet, which is why they donate 2% of all sales to animal rescue groups.


The Animal Rescue Site Store

holiday_tarss_01 The Animal Rescue Site Store is an online retailer that sells pet supplies, kitchen gadgets, apparel, home and office accessories, jewelry, and more. Many of the items are pet-themed, but others—including many of the gift baskets and wreaths—are not. Every item you buy funds at least 14 bowls of food for shelter animals, and 3% to 50% of the retail price of every item purchased from the The Animal Rescue Site Store is distributed to several charities through GreaterGood.org. The charities benefitting from The Animal Rescue Site Store are The Fund for Animals, the Humane Society of the United States, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, Petfinder Foundation, and the Rescue Bank. But you don’t even have to buy anything to help animals at The Animal Rescue Site—you can just go to the site each day and click a button to help feed shelter animals for free! Visit The Animal Rescue Site Store to help animals today.

Biscuits by Lambchop

holiday_biscuits_01Biscuits by Lambchop is a NYC-based company that bakes specially formulated treats for dogs with special needs and dietary restrictions. Biscuits by Lambchop founder Annette Frey formulated the biscuits for her rescue dog Lambchop, who has special needs and food sensitivities. However, the biscuits are a healthy and delicious treat for all dogs. Biscuits by Lambchop dog treats are free of gluten, soy, corn, rice, dairy, eggs, nuts, animal proteins and preservatives and are low in fat, sodium, and phosphorus. The biscuits are even made with “human-grade” ingredients in case you are tempted to have a taste! Biscuits by Lambchop features an auto-ship club, which automatically ships your dog’s favorite treats right to your door. The treats alone make a great gift, but you’ll save 10% off the price if you sign up for the auto-ship club. Biscuits by Lambchop donates to local NYC shelters on a regular basis and participates in various projects throughout the US, such as National Pet Shelter Week and fundraising for a seizure-alert dog for a little boy.


holiday_earthdog_01Earthdog.com manufactures high-quality hemp collars, harnesses, leashes, pet beds, and toys. The products are all made in the US, and Earthdog.com does not sell their products to stores that sell animals. Earthdog’s decorative adjustable hemp collars feature triple-layered, 100% hemp canvas construction; contoured, quick-release hardware; and distinctive trims. The collars and leashes are surprisingly colorful and interesting given their “green” origins, and they are moderately priced. The collars can be machine-washed and -dried, are hypoallergenic, and are available in 24 styles. Matching leashes and a variety of other products are also available. Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Earthdog.com donates 10% of all profits to Kody’s Fund, a non-profit organization that funds spay and neuter programs. And the owners of Earthdog.com really practice what they preach—they created their line of hemp pet products after working to design custom collars that represented the unique personalities of their 16 rescue dogs!


Magazine Subscriptions

For the magazine lovers on your holiday shopping list, you can buy subscriptions through the Magazine Value Partners’ (MVP) Online Magazine Store, and 40% of your purchase will benefit the Humane Society of the United States. Not only will you be helping animals, you’ll save money, too, by getting up to 85% off newsstand prices on both new subscriptions and renewals. When you place your order you can write a special message, and with more than 500 magazine titles available, you are sure to find something perfectly suited for every gift recipient. Magazine subscriptions make great gifts because the recipient gets to enjoy them throughout the year, and there is a magazine available for just about every interest you can think of. So delight the people on your shopping list with a magazine subscription, and help out the Humane Society, too!


By Charlene Sloan