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Top 5 Holiday Gifts for Animal Lovers

By Michele C. Hollow of Pet News and Views

Haven’t finished your holiday shopping yet? Want something truly special? Of course you do! These gifts will make you feel great about giving because they benefit shelter animals, farm animals, and wildlife. These holiday gifts have the Pet News and Views’ Seal of Approval:

1. Support Your Local Animal Shelter
You can make a donation in someone’s name to your favorite animal shelter. This is a great tax-deductible gift.

2. Farm Sanctuary
I greatly admire all of the people I’ve had the good fortune to meet at Farm Sanctuary. First off, they are not preachy. They really have their wits about them, and their hearts are in the right place. You can “adopt” a farm animal by clicking here.

Farm Sanctuary also has an assortment of goodies—from vegan dog treats to aprons, books, calendars, and this smart looking Logo Eco Bracelet that costs $12. Proceeds from Farm Sanctuary sales go directly to support Farm Sanctuary’s lifesaving work. You come away with a great gift and feel good about shopping there too.

3. Best Friends
Few people realize the actual number of dogs in American shelters. In fact, it’s enough to make these dogs feel invisible. But you can help raise awareness by walking with the Invisible Dog leash. Each leash represents a dog in a shelter dreaming of a family they can walk with. A person walking an empty leash will get people’s attention! The leash comes in assorted colors, and costs $10.99. To see the leash in action check out this fun and short Public Service Announcement of Travis Clark of We the Kings.

GREY2K USA has an assortment of gifts from greyhound shaped vegan chocolates to T-shirts, calendars, books, and more. One of my favorites is this stunning sterling silver and marcasite greyhound pin, which sells for $38. Check out the link by clicking here.

5.Born Free USA
You can adopt a resident at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary for $52. Your donation helps Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary provide food, care, and rehabilitation to these individuals. Located in Dilley, TX, the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary, offers more than 500 nonhuman primates—many of whom were rescued from abusive situations in laboratories, roadside zoos, and private possession—a far more natural life. You may choose to adopt macaques or a baboon—each of whom has his or her own Welcome Kit complete with biography, full-color photo, certificate of adoption and the semi-annual newsletter The Primate Post. Your adoption donation is tax-deductible. To learn more about the sanctuary and these wonderful animals, click here.

You can "adopt" this resident from the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary.

If you want a more traditional gift, check out Born Free USA’s website by clicking here. One great hostess gift is a bottle of wine. Born Free USA has partnered with Benefit Wines to bring you a selection of six wonderful wines, all of which are vegan-friendly and certified as both organic and fair trade. From the rich Cabernet Sauvignon and handcrafted Merlot to the crisp Sauvignon Blanc, you’ll be sure to find one or more varieties you’ll enjoy.

Prices range from $19.99 per bottle to $109.95 for a Born Free USA Collector’s Package. Born Free USA receives from $7 to $32 of each purchase made.

These are great gifts that benefit so many. It’s all about compassion. Have a peaceful holiday season.

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