Animal Charity Gift Stores That Help Cats, Dogs, and Other Domestic Pets
There are many animal charities worldwide that have wonderful online gift shops where you can purchase unique presents. Shopping at these stores helps animal protection organizations, shelters, and other non-profits provide homes, food, and veterinary care for orphaned, homeless, injured, ill, and displaced animals.
SPCA Gift Stores
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) gift shop sells a broad array of merchandise for both people and pets, including holiday items, clothing, accessories, pet care products, pet toys, and books. There are also numerous local SPCA gift shops around the world, ranging from British Columbia to Singapore to the UK.
SPCA International’s gift shop sells hoodies, T-shirts, mouse pads, pet accessories, and other items to raise money for animal shelters and programs such as Operation Bagdad Pups, which provides veterinary care for homeless animals adopted by service men and women overseas and arranges for these cats and dogs to be transported back to the United States to live with their new owners. .
Humane Society – Humane Domain
The Humane Society of the United States has Humane Domain cat and dog stores where you can buy holiday cards, pet products, kid’s stuff, gifts for animal lovers, and other items.
Vancouver Orphan Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA)
The Vancouver Orphaned Kitten Rescue Association (VOKRA), a Canadian charity that saved more than 1,400 kittens and adult cats in 2009 alone and will likely top that number in 2010, is desperately short of funds. Purchasing a cute cat calendar helps VOKRA to carry on with its work.
The People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA)
UK-based PDSA, which provides free veterinary services for the injured and sick pets of people in need, has a gift shop that sells everything from pet toys to Christmas items to food gifts.
World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA)
Another UK charity, WSPA, sells calendars, Christmas stuff, tasty treats, stationary supplies, toys, games, and housewares.Additional UK charities with gift shops supporting animal care include:
Based in Sri Lanka, the Dogstar Foundation provides free veterinary care and sterilization services for cats and dogs in low-income communities. At their gift shop you’ll find Christmas cards, calendars, mugs, and Christmas puddings.
Nowzad helps stray and abandoned cats, dogs, and donkeys in Afghanistan and Iraq. The organization sells books, calendars, T-shirts, bags, jigsaw puzzles, keychains, pet toys, and Christmas items such as cards and wrapping paper.
Willows Animal Sanctuary
Willows Animal Sanctuary in Scotland cares for more than 300 animals, including cats, birds, dogs, pigs, horses, donkeys, and ponies, and runs an animal-assisted therapy program. This charity is currently in danger of closure due to lack of funds. You can help by purchasing Christmas cards, calendars, and stuffed animals (including some unusual ones such as meerkats, otters, llamas, and lemurs) from the Willows Animal Sanctuary Gift Shop.
Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary
Shopping at Amazon.com and other popular online stores using the Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary’s online link helps the organization care for healthy, happy cats that would have been euthanized in other shelters just because they’re blind.
More Animal Charities
There are plenty of other worthy animal charities, many of which have gift shops or sponsorship opportunities. See the Animal Charities page for worldwide directories. You can also shop via GoodSearch, where you can choose one of the many participating US animal charities to support.
Shopping at gift stores for the following charities helps them to care for and rehabilitate sick, injured, orphaned, and displaced wild animals.
Animal Charity Gift Stores That Help Wild Animals
Big Cat Rescue
Big Cat Rescue, a Florida-based cat sanctuary and education center, rescues and provides permanent care for wild cats that have been abandoned or abused, or would have been slaughtered for their fur. The Big Cat Rescue gift shop offers a wide variety of items featuring gorgeous wild cats, including clothing, books, DVDs, toys, games, custom photos, and more.
World Wildlife Federation (WWF)
WWF sells books, soft toys, bags, accessories, and the opportunity to donate to projects that help many different wild animals.
The Scottish Wildcat Association
The Scottish Wildcat Association, devoted to saving the endangered “Tiger of the Highlands,” has a gift shop that sells Christmas cards, bumper stickers, DVDs, stamps, art prints, statues, and books featuring these fascinating, elusive creatures.
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary
The Florida-based Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is the largest wild bird hospital and shelter in the United States, caring for up to 10,000 birds of various species each year, including the pelicans that are caught on fishhooks and then cut free by fishermen and left to die of starvation. Suncoast’s gift shop sells Seabird Bingo, kid’s books, plush toys that make real bird calls, beautiful prints of birds in action, DVDs, bird field guides, and more.
Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society (OWL)
British Columbia-based OWL cares for injured and orphaned birds of prey. OWL sells animal-print clothing for adults and children, as well as watches, coins, plates, Christmas cards, books, and plush toys.
The Reptile Park
Australia’s Reptile Park rehabilitates injured or ill reptiles and provides a permanent sanctuary for those that can’t be released back into the wild due to serious injuries. The Reptile Store sells 3D books, toys, hats, posters, T-shirts, and paintings.
Headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Australia, China, Germany, Italy, the UK, and the US, as well as Moon Bear Rescue Centres in China and Vietnam, Animals Asia has rescued hundreds of bears from bile farms and provided them with lifelong sanctuary, launched campaigns to stop dogs and cats from being tortured and eaten in Asia, and pioneered highly successful animal therapy programs. The Animals Asia gift shop sells stationary supplies, cards, soft toys, scarves, bags, T-shirts, keychains, and books.
Wildlife Victoria rescues and rehabilitates injured and orphaned wild animals in Australia. Its gift shop sells wildlife calendars, leashes, T-shirts, artwork, and Christmas cards.
Sponsor an Animal in Need
There are a number of non-profit organizations that offer the opportunity to sponsor animals. In addition to the satisfaction of having helped an animal in need, many charities provide thank-you gifts to donors such as large photos and biographies of the sponsored animal, stuffed animals, books, games, puzzles, subscriptions to magazines, invitations to events, free tours, or other bonuses.
Help Wild Mammals
The following are just a few of the many organizations through which you can symbolically adopt charismatic megafauna such as whales, elephants, and tigers:
- Big Cat Rescue: Large and small wild cats
- International Society for Endangered Cats (ISEC): Small wild cats such as sand cats, oncillas, margays, and Geoffroy’s cats
- Scottish Wildcat Association: Scottish wildcats
- The Jane Goodall Institute: Chimpanzees
- The Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund: Gorillas
- The Marine Mammal Center: Whales, seals, sea lions, porpoises, dolphins, and otters
- The British Columbia Killer Whale Adoption Program: Killer whales
- The African Wildlife Foundation: Giraffes, elephants, warthogs, lions, leopards, rhinos, wild dogs, and zebras
- Animals Asia: Bears
- The World Wildlife Federation (WWF): Tigers, pandas, wolves, elephants, polar bears, owls, Tasmanian devils, and more (to make the gift more personal, have your recipient visit the site and take the “Find Your Inner Animal Quiz” and then provide a gift sponsorship for his or her inner animal)
The following organizations are dedicated to helping injured, ill, and orphaned birds:
- Alberta Birds of Prey Foundation: Owls, eagles, hawks, and falcons
- The Avian Reconditioning Center: Eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and kites
- International Bird Rescue Research Center: Orphaned ducklings, egrets, herons, and pelicans
- HawkWatch International: Hawks
- Audubon of Florida: Eagles, hawks, owls, osprey, vultures, kites, and falcons
- Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary: Pelicans and various other birds
- Birds of Prey Foundation: Hawks, kestrals, owls, and more
- Raptor Education Group: Owls, hawks, falcons, vultures, cranes, and eagles
- National Aviary: More than 600 birds from around the world, including penguins, flamingos, woodpeckers, mynahs, kestrals, starlings, condors, parrots, and ducks
Help Bats, Reptiles, and Rodents
There are also organizations that care for for smaller, less popular, and commonly misunderstood animals such as bats. According to Bat Conservation International, bats provide free, non-toxic pest control by voraciously consuming many of the insects that attack commercial crops, as well as pollinating many plants including agave, avocados, bananas, cashews, cloves, dates, figs, mangoes, and peaches. In addition, they help to restore decimated rainforests by dispersing seeds – the seeds they drop in flight are responsible for as much as 95% of new forest growth. You can adopt a bat through Batworld.org and Batroost.com.
You can also sponsor various reptiles through organizations such as the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in the US, the UK’s Skye Serpentarium, and Australia’s Reptile Park, or a a rodent at Happy Endings.
Help Cats, Dogs, and Other Domestic Animals
There are many organizations caring for domestic pets and farm animals that offer opportunities to sponsor an animal of your choice, such as People for Animals in India, which cares for cats, dogs, rabbits, camels, donkeys, horses, and birds.
The UK’s PDSA also has sponsorship opportunities to provide veterinary care for the pets of people who are suffering financial hardship. Visit the sponsorship page to read the stories of individual cats and dogs and learn how you can help both animals and people with a single gift.