Cruelty Free Gift Ideas For Your Pets From the ASPCA Including Some DIY Gifts #SantaPaws

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If you’re anything like me, your pets are like your children only furrier.  We love our pets and many of us like to get our pets gifts during the holiday season.  And let’s not forget all the pet lovers on our holiday gift lists.  Studies show that over a third of Americans purchase holiday gifts for their pet.  Every year, the ASPCA encourages shoppers not to buy anything at stores that sell puppies.  You see, most pet store puppies come from puppy mills—you know, those large scale breeding operations where dogs live in horrible conditions and never receive love.  Well, every time you buy anything from a pet store that sells puppies, you’re actually supporting this very cruel industry.  Check out their holiday video below to learn about the connection between pet store puppies and puppy mills.  You can also visit No Pet Store Puppies to learn more and take the pledge to I pledge that If a pet store sells puppies, you won’t buy anything there.
Then click to tweet to share the pledge with your friends!
ASPCA behavior experts have put together some fun gift ideas for DIY enthusiasts or just those trying to cut back on costs:

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~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, rip off a piece of aluminum foil paper or tissue paper, put cat food or cat nip in it, and crumble it up into a ball. This serves a fun batting toy for hours of kitty entertainment. (I was given this idea by the ASPCA but it has been brought to my attention by a reader that tin foil might not be safe if your kitty is left unattended with the foil so use paper or tissue paper instead just in case.)  🙂
~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.

Here are some other cute gift ideas for pets, available on the ASPCA Online Store and the prices are very reasonable.

Gifts for pets:

5 Piece Gift Set
5-piece Dog Gift Set – $5.99

Dog Stocking Toy

Dog Stocking Toy – $8.99

Cat Play Balls 
Cat Play Balls – $1.99
DJ Cat Scratching Post

DJ Cat Scratching Post – 39.99 
Fling Ama String
Cat Fling-ama-String – 29.99 

Gifts for pet lovers:

Chocolate Dogs Cookies for People

Walker’s Shortbread Chocolate Cookies – $4.19 

aspca zales charms
Zales Diamond Pendants – prices vary depending on the piece, the pieces above are some of my favorites! 

 Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescues
Symbolic Transport of Animal Rescued from Cruelty or Disaster – $25.00 

 Symbolic Puppy Socialization
Symbolic Puppy Socialization Class – $25.00 

 Make sure to check out the ASPCA’s FULL holiday gift guide for pets and pet lovers alike.

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Pamper Your Pets With Holiday Gifts From PetSmart This Holiday Season

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While doing your shopping this holiday season, don’t forget about all the pets on your list!  PetSmart has a huge selection of great gift ideas from toys and treats to fun holiday clothes.
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How cute are these Disney plush squeaky toys for your favorite pooch?  Minnie Mouse, Pooh, Tigger, and more are adorably dressed in red and green with candy accent designs.  Cooper loves to squeak and play with his and I’ll admit I like to put one under his arm when he is asleep so I can take pictures.  I can’t help it.  A puppy snuggling with a stuffed animal is just too precious.
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See what I mean?
Make sure to check out the Bret Michaels pet toy collection.  The plush play toy on the left side of the picture is fun for you and your dog to play with together.  He can grab one end and you can grab the other.  It reminds me of a Sesame Street type character which is cute for a Bret Michaels toy.  For the animal lover on your list why not grab Chance, the 2013 Collectible Plush Toy from the Bret Michaels collection.  When you purchase Chance part of the proceeds will go to help PetSmart Charities save homeless pets.  Plus Chance is a fun bandana wearing rocker dog with hoop earrings on his ears.  Rock on!   Not part of the Bret Michaels toy collection but equally as adorable is the Abominable Snowman plush.
Of course pampered pooches need to dress the part, too.  PetSmart has a great collection of Disney pet apparel.  Here’s a T-shirt for Santa’s Little Helper.
Look how snuggly this Mickey Mouse sweater and scarf are.
Don’t forget to add some matching accessories!  Just make sure to not leave your dog unattended with any of these items that have bells and other parts that he/she could chew off.

My favorite outfit is this Mickey Mouse red and green plaid Christmas hoodie with matching Mickey ears.  I love the Mickey Head on the back of the hoodie.  Cooper was a good sport dressing up and letting me pose him.  He makes an adorable model, don’t you think?


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