The first thing I do when I am planning for the holidays is to write a list of everyone I want to buy for, and I also jot down what they are passionate about. One way to truly honour a person who loves dogs is give a gift that gives back. Below is a list of worthy dog-related organizations to consider purchasing your gift from:
Iheartdogs.com: Provides a load of great gifts for dog-lovers and every purchase goes to feeding shelter dogs. How cool is that!? You give a gift to a friend and then, give another gift to a shelter dog. Pretty perfect isn't it.
Ontario SPCA: Not only great dog-friendly calendars, but you can donate a toy, food, or sponsor a dog in the shelter on behalf of your favorite dog-lover. What a way to beautiful way to warm the heart of someone you care about, and a dog being cared for at the OSPCA.
Veterinarians without Borders: Provides help and assistance to dogs in Northern Canada, ensuring a reduction in outbreaks of rabies, parvovirus, and distemper. You can purchase e-gifts, and your favorite dog-lover will receive an e-card showing your donation on their behalf. No rush, no line-up and you celebrate your connection to animals in the most generous way.
PAWS Canada: A local registered charity with a no-kill policy dedicated to helping homeless, abused and abandoned animals. For every donation of $50 or more they acknowledge your gift by sending a certificate to the special person in whose name the gift was made.
Adding a donation, or purchasing a gift to help animals in need is both wonderful and thoughtful. Plan to contact any of these organizations early so there is time to mail or ship your purchases.
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'Sparky' Smith is a Canine Behaviorist and Practioner, educated through the International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour, earning her ISCP.DIP.CANINE.PRAC.