The holiday season presents a time when shoppers are buying gifts for pet lovers and their pets, and ASPCA is encouraging shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies. Most pet store puppies come from puppy mills, which are large scale breeding operations where dogs live in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions. Check out What Not to Buy, the ASPCA’s holiday video aimed at educating consumers about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.
According to studies, 37 percent of Americans will be buying a gift for their pets over the holidays. Consider getting gifts that give back from the ASPCA Online Store, such as:
For DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs, ASPCA behavior experts also suggest these fun Do-It-Yourself ideas for pet toys and treats:
- To make a tasty chew toy, soak a rope toy in chicken broth and then freeze. Once frozen, give the toy to your dog for hours of savory chewing.
- For cats, fill plastic Easter eggs with wet cat food as a fun food puzzle.
- Rinse out an empty, cardboard milk carton, fill it with dry pet food and poke holes for a food-dispensing puzzle toy.
- To give your pooch some holiday R&R, spray lavender oil on a bandana and tie around your dog’s neck. Evidence suggests lavender oil has a calming effect on dogs.
- Walkers Shortbread Cookies
- Diamond Paw Pendants from Zales
- Symbolic Transport of an Animal Rescued from Cruelty or Disaster
- Symbolic Puppy Socialization Class
- Gift to the ASPCA in honor of one of your Facebook friends
Be sure to join the ASPCA #SantaPaws Holiday Twitter party and giveaway extravaganza on Wednesday, December 18th, from 7-8pm EST and enter the ASPCA holiday pet photo contest by sharing a photo of your pet celebrating the holidays.
About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, and Twitter.