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How holiday dollars can help pets

November 9, 2009 |  4:21 pm

NigelIt's that time again -- shopping time, that is -- and our friends at The Times' brand-new Holiday Gift Guide blog have advice on ways you can make your gift-buying dollars stretch in ways that help animals.

The Humane Society of the United States has partnered this year with companies that kick a portion of your purchase price right back to the Humane Society and its work on behalf of animals.  Here, courtesy of the Holiday Gift Guide, are a few animal-friendly gift-giving options:

  • Unique Skin, a company that makes skins for cellphones, donates 20% of sales to the Humane Society.
  • Proceeds from the Humane Society gift and office stores go directly to the organization.
  • Grounds for Change, a coffee company, donates money to the Humane Society through its HS Coffee Club.

Want your gift-buying dollar to help animals and people at the same time? Our colleagues at the Baltimore Sun have the scoop on a doggie chew toy that's raising money (nearly $40,000 so far!) for a program that provides service dogs to injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Sounds like a win-win situation to us!

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: A festive dog named Nigel gets ready for the Reindoggie Parade in Carmel, Calif. Credit: Ryan Williams

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