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This Wine Label Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

This Wine Label Helps Shelter Dogs Get Adopted

Buy this wine, help a shelter dog

Disclaimer: some of these dogs have already been adopted, so do your research before you fall in love.

If you’re having a hard time deciding which bottle of wine to bring to your next dinner party — or any other social occasion where wine is your friend — here’s an easy solution: pick the one with the puppy on it.

Not only will your choice be infinitely cuter than that of any wine snob, but you’ll also be contributing to a wine company that actually helps shelter dogs at the North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) get adopted.

Enter Chateau La Paws Wines, which currently has three varietals that are vinted and bottled at Rosenblum Cellars in Sonoma, California. Each of the three — chardonnay, pinot noir, and red blend — features a rotating cast of shelter dogs to help bring attention to NSALA, the largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization in the world. Meet the whole cast of models, shot by celebrity dog photographer Carli Davidson, online.

Chateau La Paws is still in the early stages of production, so it’ll be a little while before you’ll see it at your wine retailer. In the meantime, dog lovers are encouraged to share stories about their own shelter dogs and donate to help more dogs find their forever homes.


‘Cinderella story for a dog’: Bidens’ shelter pet gives adoption trend a boost

The presidential inauguration Wednesday heralds a new era: the first time a shelter dog will live in the White House. President-elect Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, adopted their pup Major, a German shepherd, from the Delaware Humane Assn. just over two years ago.

“It doesn’t get more of a Cinderella story for a dog,” said Kitty Block, president of the Humane Society of the United States. “And the timing couldn’t have been better.”

Block said that Major’s move into the West Wing represents a shift among Americans away from buying pets and toward adopting them instead, a trend that has only been furthered by the pandemic. She hopes having a shelter dog in the first family will cement the end of pet-buying in the U.S.

In 2008, the Bidens purchased their other German shepherd, Champ, from a breeder, after Joe promised Jill that they would get a dog if they won the election. (President Obama made a similar vow to his children and came home the following year with Bo the Portuguese water dog.)

The sale of Champ sparked backlash from animal-protection advocates, so when the couple wanted another pet in 2018, they decided to adopt. That shift tracks with larger trends.

In 2008, 41% of dogs in the U.S. were purchased through breeders or at pet stores, while about a quarter were adopted, such as via animal shelters or rescues, according to survey data from the American Pet Products Assn. By 2018, the latest year for which data is available, 28% of dogs were purchased and 36% adopted.

And in 2020, as a novel virus isolated people inside their homes, adoptions grew even more common. There isn’t yet national data on how many pets have been adopted during the pandemic, but there were dozens of reports last spring of shelters completely emptying of pets, many for the first time.

The Riverside County Animal Shelter in Jurupa Valley posted a video on Instagram in early April of staff cheering as they stood in front of the empty pens after the shelter was cleared of all its animals. The demand for dogs was so high, “we couldn’t keep them in the shelter,” spokesman John Welsh said.

The pace of adoptions has slowed since the spring, though it continues to be higher than normal, Welsh said. The pets going home with new families during these unusual times are especially lucky, he said.

“The people who adopted have been with their pets pretty much every day because of the lockdowns, and people were not at work, so these are really amazing bonds that will happen between the pet owners and the pets,” Welsh said.

Humans too found much to love in their pets during the pandemic: companionship, solace, comfort, joy and more. And for many who felt helpless while witnessing so much devastation and grief, bringing home and caring for a rescued pet gave them purpose.

“That sense of saving a life has really helped increase adoptions and rescues across the country,” Block said.

In 2019, 5.4 million animals entered shelters nationwide, but 625,000 were killed, according to the nonprofit Best Friends Animal Society. More than 100,000 of the cats and dogs killed were in California, according to the organization’s statistics.

California has pursued several efforts to reduce deaths of unwanted animals. In 2017, the state became the first to pass a law banning pet stores from selling commercially bred dogs, such as those from puppy mills.

As of Jan. 1 of this year, the retail sale of dogs and cats is no longer allowed in the state. Shelter or rescue groups can offer pets for adoption in pet stores, as long as the store isn’t paid to display the animals.

At Best Friends Lifesaving Center in Mission Hills, more pets were adopted in December than ever before in that month — 407 last month compared with 275 in December 2019, spokeswoman Michelle Sathe said. The number of animals being placed in homes has been at record highs since last spring, despite the shelter being closed to the public due to COVID-19, she said.

“It’s been wonderful,” Sathe said. “It’s really one of the few silver linings to COVID — that it has been helpful to shelter pets to find homes.”

Although puppies and kittens have always been popular, animals with behavioral or medical issues, which would often have to spend a long time waiting for the right family, are now more likely to be adopted, Sathe said.

“People are way more willing to open their hearts and their homes to these dogs and cats,” she said. “It’s because they have time on their hands, and because of that they’re willing to really spend quality time with those pets.”

She became the national youth poet laureate at age 16 six years later, she read her poem at Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’ historic swearing-in.

Sathe said the pandemic has fundamentally changed shelters so that they act more as a thoroughfare and less as a holding place, with animals spending less time in shelters and moving more quickly into homes. “No one is going to argue that the shelter is the best place for a pet to be.”

On Sunday, the Delaware Humane Assn. hosted a virtual “Indoguration” to celebrate the first shelter dog in the White House.

The association took in Major in 2018 as part of a litter of six puppies that had been exposed to toxic chemicals in their home and their owner could not afford treatment for them. The Bidens fostered Major and eventually made him a permanent addition to the family.

Though Major is the first shelter pet to live in the White House, he is not the first rescue. In 1966, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughter Luci found a dog at a gas station in Texas that eventually became the president’s companion. The Clintons had a stray cat. Shelter pets are typically rescued and then spend time at a shelter waiting to be adopted.

“What does DHA-adoptee Major going to the White House mean to us? Well, it means everything,” Patrick Carroll, the organization’s executive director, said at the virtual event. “It shows that shelters are a wonderful place to adopt.”

After four years with no animal occupants, the White House will soon get a dose of chaos and cuddles with Major and Champ. But that might not be the end of it.

The Bidens have recently said they want to add a cat to the family. Maybe they’ll adopt.

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PetPlace Chat: Meet the Founder of Nectar of the Dogs Wine

At PetPlace, we meet a lot of inspiring, passionate people and their pets. We want to introduce you to one of those people: Melanie Garibay, co-founder of the Simi Valley-based company, Nectar of the Dogs Wine. She is a total dog devotee and wine lover who decided to combine her two passions and start a wine company with the mission to support non-profit pet organizations through its sales proceeds. What a cool idea, right? The wine bottle labels feature the founders’ beloved dogs in a loving tribute for their inspiration.

We spoke to Melanie about starting the business, winemaking, and dog adoption.

PetPlace: So nice to e-meet you, Melanie! Tell us, what inspired you to launch Nectar Of The Dogs?

Melanie Garibay: I have always loved wine, as well as the culture of wine, and in early 2015, I started to delve a little deeper into what it would take to get into the wine biz.

One day, while talking in their tasting room at Sunland Vintage Winery, I asked my close friends Mike & Debby Giovinazzo how to go about getting started. They had recently opened their own small family wine business creating Italian varietals. They were a huge help and I’m so grateful for their guidance.

I wanted to bottle a pallet of Chardonnay to start with, and was looking for a very specific flavor profile, similar to many I had tasted in Napa. I was introduced to Bob Colarossi at Estate Crush in Lodi, described what I was looking for and, as fate would have it, he said he happened to have some juice fermenting in the back cellar. I tasted straight from the tank and found exactly what I was looking for!

Then I approached a good friend, Donna Graves, about the idea of bottling and then selling the wine for a good cause. We made a commitment to give back to dog rescues by donating a portion of all wine sales to various non-profit organizations. What started as a passion project for us has turned into a growing wine business that I am still pursuing as the sole owner now. By the end of 2015, Nectar of the Dogs Wine (NOTDW) was born.

Melanie Garibay sampling the first varietal from Nectar of the Dogs Wine.

PP: What was the initial public response?

MG: The first pallet (672 bottles) of Chardonnay was introduced to friends and family, who enjoyed the wine so much it sold out in about 6 months, with everyone asking what was next! From the sales of that pallet, we gave $1,000 to two rescues, All American Dachshund Rescue and Bark Party. We were selling the wine through the Sunland Vintage Tasting room at the time, and really weren’t sure what was going to happen next. But I knew I wanted to continue on, so I started the LLC for the company in 2016 and we were licensed in January of 2017 and ready to go out on our own! We are getting ready to bottle our 11th varietal in August, so really excited about coming out with our second edition of our “3 Dogs White” blend.

PP: Are you a professional winemaker by training?

MG: While I am not a certified winemaker, I consider myself an experienced wine drinker and have developed a deep appreciation for the business and the intricacies of bringing quality wines to consumers. I sample every wine before deciding what varietals and blends to bottle, because if no one buys the wine, someone still has to drink it, and I will not drink bad wine! As I progress further into this business, I do plan to learn how to make wine, but for now, I leave the science of winemaking to the professionals. I still maintain my full-time corporate job as a Live Events Producer in the professional beauty industry, while running Nectar of the Dogs Wine with a small team and the support of my husband, friends, and family. And as a producer, part of the job is knowing when, where, and how to bring in the professionals to produce a great show. This is the approach I take for NOTDW as well.

PP: How do you select the blends? What is the process?

MG: I work with a few boutique wineries in the Central Coast and Central Valley of California to select and produce the wines we bottle. I am always looking for new varietals, as the majority of wines we produce are limited edition. But when I find one I really like or one that sells well, I will bottle the new vintage again, as I’m doing with our 2017 “3 Dogs White.” This white wine blend of Viognier, Gewürztraminer, and a kiss of Muscat Canelli is a very popular blend and was recently featured in The Tasting Panel Magazine, earning a 92 point rating! The 2019 is being bottled in August. I tasted the final blend recently with some wine club members and we thought it was even better than the 2017, something I never thought I’d say.

When I am looking for new wines, the wine club members are a big part of the process. Based on what we have previously bottled and what I would like to consider for future bottling, I will work with the winery partners to find what is available. Then, I get samples for single varietal and blending options. Next, the fun part! I will have some members come over to taste, blend, and select what will be the next NOTDW wine for the year. Our goal is to produce high-quality, easy-drinking wine for many to enjoy, because the more wine we sell, the more we are able to give back to the rescue organizations that help our furbabies in need!

NOTDW went virtual in April with their weekly “Wine Time” series.

PP: What a creative way to combine your passions! Now, let’s fast forward to 2020, how has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your efforts?

MG: Since we do not have a tasting room yet, we rely heavily on events as a way for us to share our wine and mission with people. We had really started to gain momentum at the start of 2020 and were scheduled to pour and sell at several high profile events throughout the year. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, it’s no surprise that all events have been canceled. We are trying to stay positive and be creative to still keep selling wine this year. We introduced a weekly series, Wine Times, on Facebook in April, where we were able to shine a light on a different rescue group on each episode. It was a great way to allow them to get the word out about their organization, highlight adoptable dogs, and encourage people to volunteer, foster, donate, or buy some wine! We were able to reach some new people, make some sales, and give back to each rescue that joined us. We had to put these on pause starting in June, but are looking to bring them back this fall, so stay tuned!

PP: Many people are rescuing and adopting cats and dogs due to shelter-in-place orders, with some shelters reporting empty cages! What does this mean for the organizations that your company supports? Is there less need for now or has the need shifted somehow?

MG: During our Wine Time series, we learned so much from talking to the various organizations, and one of the things we kept hearing was that even though COVID-19 has negatively affected so many, the good thing that has come out of it is, yes, shelters are being cleared and furbabies are being fostered and adopted. From our conversations, I think there will always be a need for fostering and adoption, but there is now also a focus on education for the new fosters and adoptees. Not everyone knows what it takes to care for a dog, so we all want to make sure the new owners know what they need to do to ensure a long, loving life for their new four-legged kids. Wine Time episodes can be found on our website and Facebook page and I encourage people to take a peek and learn more about the rescue organizations we’ve featured. You’ll learn so much about what their needs are, see their passion for saving animals, and it will inspire you to want to do more.

PP: Anything new on the horizon for NOTDW?

MG: We plan to start the Wine Time episodes again in September, but for now, we are doing a “Wednesday Wine Time” on our Instagram page. Viewers can tune in to @nectarofthedogswine at 5:15 pm/PST if they want to see what we are up to and hopefully be inspired to buy some wine! We can only ship wine in California and Nevada, but we also have candles that we make from recycled wine bottles that can ship anywhere in the U.S. The IG sessions are less formal but we still want to stay engaged with our fellow dog and wine lovers. We are hoping that the 2020 events will be back in 2021, as we’re ready and can’t wait to get back out there. As I mentioned, we are bottling our new “3 Dogs White” this year and hope to have other new varietals coming out in 2021, as well as a tasting room in the near future. COVID-19 has delayed those options for us this year, but we will remain hopeful and try to keep getting the word out about our wine and our mission!

Those outside of California and Nevada can still order Nectar of the Dogs’ candles and support the cause.

PP: Anything else you’d like to share with our readers?

MG: We are so inspired and grateful for the incredible work being done by all of the rescue organizations out there. We hope that our contribution is helping to make a difference, so these wonderful people can continue to do what they do.


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The Best Ways to Support Your Local Animal Shelter

Animal homelessness is a monumental problem across the nation and around the world. Here&rsquos how you can help.

To know a rescue pet is to love a rescue pet. But according to the Humane Society, 𠇆-8 million animals end up in shelters each year, half of which will probably not be adopted.” Most of these animals fall into homelessness through no fault of their own the Humane Society cites “moving” and “landlord issues” as the top two reasons that families give up their pets.

Animal shelters do the important job of connecting pets to their forever homes, but there’s much more work that goes on behind the scenes each day to keep shelters up and running. 𠇊nimal shelters across the nation are forced to stretch their resources to the brink to accommodate an overwhelming population of homeless and at-risk animals,” the ASPCA writes. To combat animal homelessness, it’s important to remain a steady supporter of animal shelters year-round, even if you’re not in the market to adopt a pet. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to support your local shelter. And remember: Adopt, don’t shop.

Adopt

The best way to support your local animal shelter is undoubtedly to adopt a pet. Adoptions are the end goal of any shelter—it’s any shelter or rescue organization’s number one mission to connect animals in need to their forever homes. When adopting, consider some of the oft-overlooked populations in animal shelters, like senior pets or cats and dogs with special needs. But if adoption is not in the cards for your family at the moment, there are plenty of other ways to show your support.

For information on adopting a pet, find your local shelter through the ASPCA or the Shelter Pet Project.

Foster

If you don’t have the bandwidth to add another member to your family but still want to have a pet in the house, fostering could be the right option for you. Foster parents not only provide pets with valuable socialization and an introduction into home life, but they also allow rescue shelters to free up space for new animals in the shelter. According to the Humane Society, “The value of fosters can&apost be overrated. They can be lifesavers for pets who can&apost adapt to shelter life, those who need to be nursed back to health and orphaned kittens who need someone to step in for their mom (or whose needs are beyond what busy shelter staff can often provide).”

Apply to be a foster pet parent through your local shelter.

Donate Funds

When you donate funds, animal shelters have the freedom to use the money where it is most needed—whether that means paying bills or full-time staff members or buying less glamorous supplies. Financial support is one of the best ways to give back to your local shelter. You can also donate to national organizations committed to ending animal cruelty like the ASPCA or the Humane Society.

Donate Supplies

Animal shelters are almost always in need of towels and toys, but additional needs can vary based on the time or season. Pet food, cat litter, and cleaning supplies top the list of other desired supplies. Some animal shelters will post a current wishlist to their website or social media platforms the Greater Birmingham Humane Society even has an Amazon wishlist to make donation as easy as possible—just click � to Cart” and the items will deliver directly to the shelter’s address. Think of it like a wedding registry for your favorite charitable cause.

If your local shelter doesn’t have a wishlist posted online, just give them a call to ask what products would be of use.

Volunteer

If you can’t host an animal in your home, volunteering is the next best thing, and pretty much anyone can get involved. Positions can range from walking, bathing, and training dogs to doing laundry or serving as a community ambassador through education programs. Ultimately, all volunteers work towards the goal of helping pets find their forever homes.

While working directly with the animals may seem like the most obvious way to contribute, shelters are multi-faceted organizations that take the work of a dynamic team to succeed. Maybe you can best contribute by volunteering as a pet publicist, photographing the adoptable animals to capture their unique personalities. This is just one of many ways to help: Check with your local animal shelter to inquire about roles you may be able to fill. Many shelters also offer youth programs for children and teens to get involved and give back.

Craft for a Cause

Hand-made crafts bring a touch of love to your local animal shelter. If you have some spare time, consider channeling your energy into a project that will provide endless comfort and fun to homeless animals. “You can fashion cage curtains to help shelter cats get some privacy (and stay healthy) or play matchmaker by creating attention-grabbing &aposAdopt-Me&apos vests to spotlight available pets at adoption events held by shelters and rescues,” suggests the Humane Society.


Bar Dog Wine celebrates Howl-o-Wine with Petfinder Foundation grant and social media promotion to support October National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

SANTA ROSA, Calif. , Oct. 8, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Bar Dog, a range of easy-drinking, affordable wines from California , has provided a $30,000 grant to the Petfinder Foundation. The Petfinder Foundation is a public charity that works to prevent the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America. The Bar Dog Wine Operation Grant will be available, through Petfinder, to qualified no-kill animal shelters and rescue groups in in 2020 and 2021. Grant funds will be used to purchase supplies, food and vaccines for pets waiting in shelter for their forever homes.

"Bar Dog wines were created to bring wine and dog lovers together."

"Bar Dog wines were created to bring wine and dog lovers together," explained Jenna Duran , Bar Dog Director of Marketing. "National Adopt-a-Shelter Pet month is the perfect time to support the great work of the Petfinder Foundation and get funds to animal shelters and rescue groups to use at their discretion for operational needs."

To raise awareness of the grant fund and Adopt-a-Shelter Dog month, Bar Dog is teaming up with marketing partners Petfinder Foundation and iHeartDogs with a social media Adoptable Dog Howl-o-Wine Costume Contest. iHeartDogs is an ecommerce site offering specialty pet care products. A portion of proceeds from sales support rescue dog adoption and matching veterans in need with service dogs.

Non-profit partners include Wags and Walks, PAWS Chicago, Animal Rescue of New Orleans , Dogwood Animal Rescue Project, and Humane Societies of Charlotte and Tampa Bay . These organizations will submit photos of pups waiting for adoption sporting their Halloween look.

The dogs of Howl-o-Wine will be featured on the Bar Dog Instagram account and the organization tagged to give both dog and rescue organization exposure. The goal is to encourage and increase dog adoptions throughout the month of October and beyond. Followers and fans may vote on their favorite adoptable animal with $1000 going to the winning dog's organization and $250 to each rescue partner. One lucky voting fan will be selected at random to receive a Grand Prize—a set of custom YETI dog bowls and $1000 donated in their name to the no-kill rescue organization of their choice.

"We are so happy to have the opportunity to help more shelters and rescue groups with operational grant funds thanks to Bar Dog wine," shared Toni Morgan , Executive Director at Petfinder Foundation. "More than ever adoption organizations need funding to help cover basic necessities and these grants will go a long way towards giving them the help they need!"

For more information on Petfinder and grant application:
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[email protected]

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Jenna Duran
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18 Gifts That Help Dogs In Need

While shopping for that perfect gift for anyone on your list, consider one of these great choices, all of which help dogs in need by giving back a portion of your purchase price. So really, it’s like giving two gifts – the one you bought and the donation the company gives to a charity. And we have everything on this list – from wine and coffee to clothes and dog toys – so we are sure you can find something special for everyone! Know of any other great products that give back? Share with us in the comments. Happy shopping!

#1 – Dawghead

This a unique gift any dog lover will cherish forever. Jennie Griffith makes handmade, custom-shaped portraits of a person’s own dog! In addition to that, she donates a portion of each sale to animal rescue groups. Christmas orders need to be in as soon as possible, but she also offers handmade gift certificates (of a mini dawghead print). Dawghead.com

#2 – PAWZ

PAWZ eye-catching designs and comfy clothes are a hit with animal lovers and casual shoppers alike. They aim to not only raise awareness about shelter pups and euthanasia rates, but also donate make life better for shelter pets by donating 10% of their net proceeds to no-kill shelters. So far, they’ve donated over $600,000 and still going! PAWZ.com

#3 – Jax & Bones Gingerbread Toy

Purchase this Eco-friendly toy and 10% goes back to animal rescue groups. Available at Kriser’s Natural Pet and JaxandBones.com.

#4 – iHeartDogs Shop

Shop our store full of great tees, sweatshirts, mugs, jewelry, and more! Each purchase gives food to a dog in need, what could be better! iHeartDogs.com

#5 – Rescue Strong

Rescue Strong was inspired by one rescue dog named Luna. Her love impacted the life of her owner in such a big way that she felt the need to help other rescue dogs. Originally just a place for fundraising, Rescue Strong has grown into a shop that gives back in donations and supports other activists trying to raise awareness. RescueStrong.com

“ My passion is for rescue and design, and Rescue Strong fulfills both.”

#6 – MUTTS

I LOVE the MUTTS comic strip. Sunday mornings I would fight my siblings for the comic section of the newspaper and I’d skip straight to MUTTS before reading anything else. These cute characters hold a special place in the hearts and minds of many animal lovers.

The same MUTTS has an online store that sells artwork, MUTTS treasury books, clothing, and other items. Patrick McDonald, the creator of the comic strip, is personally involved in multiple charities to support animal welfare and the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the store goes to the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team.

#7 – Motley Zoo Shop

Know a rocker and an animal lover? Then check out the gift items at the Motley Zoo’s shop. They have lots of gifts and all the proceeds go to help cover the rescue’s $15,000/month vet bills. MotleyZoo.com

#8 – Smiling Dog Coffee

Coffee lovers rejoice! Give a cup of Joe this Christmas and 25% of their proceeds are donated to the organization of your choice. SmilingDogCoffee.com

#9 – Rescue Chocolate

Perfect for stockings, gift baskets, or just to help you get through the shopping season – Rescue Chocolate gives 100% of their net profits to an animal rescue, which changes each month. RescueChocolate.com

#10 – BarkBox

Give your pup, or a friend’s, the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription service to BarkBox. 10% of their profits goes to animal rescue organizations. BarkBox.com

#11 – Landfill Dogs

For the book lover, artist, or animal activist on your list, this hardcover coffee table book is a great choice. It contains color portraits of more than 100 shelter dogs in a former landfill turned public park in Raleigh, North Carolina. This landfill was active for 14 years (1994–2008), and during this time the animal shelter brought its euthanized animals there for burial. Divided into three sections (“Recycling”, “Like New”, and “Products”), Landfill Dogs reveals the problem with associating pets as property while highlighting the souls who are lost due to animal overpopulation. In addition to the Landfill Dogs portraits, the book also contains twenty follow-up stories of dogs who found homes, and also illustrates how we came to associate pets as property. $10 from the sale of every book goes to the Heal-A-Heart Fund. Blurb.com

#12 – I Love Tyler Madison

Many of us give clothes for Christmas, or even buy something for ourselves during the holidays. Why not pick a company that gives back? I Love Tyler Madison (Tyler and Madison are the rescue dogs of the designers!) gives a portion of every sale to the SPCA and ASPCA. ILoveTylerMadison.com

#13 – ONEHOPE Wine

Another gift that many people buy this time of year is wine. Why not buy one that does some good? ONEHOPE, which gives back to various nonprofits with every bottle sold, has a number of great gift items at various price points. Two gift sets they have are for dog lovers, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ASPCA. Onehopewine.com

#14 – Happy Spritz

Happy Spritz is an apothecary company with a collection of face + body sprays for both men and women. Their Sweet Dreams Darling aromatherapy spray can even be used on pets. It is a calming mix of lavender and chamomile essential oils and helps relax nervous dogs. As a part of their company mission, they donate a portion of our proceeds to different animal rescue organizations across Canada and the US. HappySpritz.com

#15 – Project Blue Collar

If someone on your list is an adoption advocate, consider a gift from the Blue Collar Project. PBC is an advocacy engine for adoption. As a social enterprise company, PBC has been committed to giving back to rescue organizations from the start. Sales from their online store act as fundraisers for their rescue partners. ProjectBlueCollar.com

#16 – RocketDog Rescue Shop

RocketDog Rescue saves dogs from death at over-crowded shelters. You can help them by purchasing a fun gift from their Zazzle store – including matching human and dog tees! The profits go directly to support the sanctuary and emergency health services. Zazzle.com

#17 –BarkerBag

The PERFECT gift for the outdoorsy dog lover, the BarkerBag is a dog sleeping bag that zips to the side of a human sleeping bag – or between two human sleeping bags if you can’t decide who gets to sleep next to the dog! This allows the pup to share the warmth of their human without being squished into the bottom of a sleeping bag – which can be uncomfortable for both pup and person.


How You Can Help

While there are many groups actively working to permanently end the dog meat trade, that doesn’t mean that your voice doesn’t matter! In fact, the more voices we have to raise awareness, the better. If you’re interested in helping end the dog meat trade, there are many actions you can take, such as holding a fundraiser for your favorite organization, signing petitions, sharing articles on your Facebook and Twitter, and wearing a t-shirt around your city sporting an animal-friendly message. If you have other ideas on how to get involved, leave a comment below to share with fellow animal lovers!

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Baykeeper IPA

Anchor Brewing

This brewery is synonymous with San Francisco and involved in a number of area causes. To produce this beer, Anchor partnered with local nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, which patrols the waterway to stop polluters.

The patrol boat is featured on the label, and Anchor says that a portion of sales will help fund the group’s efforts. It incorporates local malts for an assertive yet soft ale that’s hop forward and offers aromas of papaya, orange zest and lime.


Dog Of The Month

Meet Max!

Hi! My name is Max and I am a 2 year old, 33lb Shepherd mix from South Carolina. Because of my heartworm diagnosis (treatable but expensive), I was scheduled to be euthanized in South Carolina. However, Big Dog Ranch Rescue stepped in rescued me before that happened!

I am a little ball of energy and am very playful. I get along with most dogs after a proper introduction, but probably wouldn't do well around cats due to my high prey drive. I am a very friendly boy who loves all people and I would be a great family dog! I have a lot of puppy energy and haven’t quite learned how to control it, so further obedience training would be beneficial.