2009-12-24 / Features

Attention Animal-Loving Holiday Shoppers

Pet lovers can make the most of their online holiday shopping this season thanks to BringPetsHome. org, which partners with more than 140 online retailers to donate portions of each purchase to animal shelters across the country. Pet lovers can make the most of their online holiday shopping this season thanks to BringPetsHome. org, which partners with more than 140 online retailers to donate portions of each purchase to animal shelters across the country. Your Mouse-Click can help homeless cats and dogs

Animal shelters take in six to eight million pets each year and the problem of homeless animals has worsened in today’s challenging economy. Most shelters operate close to the bone and depend on donations. But fewer dollars are being donated now, at a time when financially strapped people are dropping off more pets at shelters. Animal lovers, even those who have to curb their own charitable giving this holiday season, can still provide meaningful help.

Shop online to generate a donation. Shoppers who visit BringPetsHome.org to access a favorite retailer will earn a donation for animal shelters. The partnering retailers make the donation based on a percentage of the purchase total. There’s no additional cost to the shopper and you are still eligible for retailer promotions, sales, etc. For example, Nordstrom.com donates as much as five percent of all purchases when shoppers access its site through the Bring Pets Home Web site, meaning a $200 purchase made through the Bring Pets Home link automatically generates a $10 donation courtesy of Nordstrom. Want to support a specific animal shelter? Shoppers can personalize their experience by registering with BringPetsHome.org and selecting a specific animal shelter to benefit from their earnings.

Donate your time and items. Volunteering time and donating items all animal shelters need are two inexpensive ways to help fight the problem of homeless animals. Visit your local animal shelter and offer to volunteer a couple of hours per week. Shelters are often understaffed, and volunteering might involve simply walking the dogs or playing with the cats. Before visiting, call ahead and ask if the shelter needs anything, such as food or old blankets or towels.

Spread the word. Spreading the word about the plight of the nation’s homeless animals is another way those looking to help can make a significant difference. Inform fellow pet lovers about the local animal shelter’s services and needs. What’s more, inform friends and families about BringPetsHome.org. Many people do the bulk of their shopping online, so why not make each Amazon purchase go a little fur- ther by shopping through the Bring Pets Home link? One hundred percent of all money raised goes to helping animal shelters across the country, enabling pet lovers to do their part even if the economy is limiting what they can directly donate.

Promote pet adoption. Perhaps no helping hand can mean more than promoting pet adoption. Animal shelters across the country are currently home to millions of wonderful dogs and cats that come in all shapes and sizes and are just waiting for a permanent and loving home. Animal lovers can really help by promoting pet adoption and finding their next special friend at their nearby homeless animal shelter.

For more information, visit www.BringPetsHome.org.

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