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Pet Present Pandemonium!
By Anne Leighton and Diane West
New York Tails searched far and wide for some of the most unique and unusual gifts for your special pet (or pets!) this season. Dogs, cats, birds...nobody had been left out! These are great gift ideas for your pet or-better yet-the pet lover on your list that is impossible to buy for!
As always, your neighborhood pet shops and the fine people who work in them ready and willing to help you, so if you see a present here that you like, ask them for it! For a list of pet shops in your neighborhood, click here.
Cats and Dogs:
Christmas ID tag lights dress up and identify your adventurous pets with bright red colors this season.
Oravet gives cat and dog owners a holiday and year 'round break. A weekly application across your pet's gumline will prevent plaque and tarter. Talk with your vet about a prescription on your next visit.
Sherpa does it again with its new "Houndstooth Paris Pet Carrier" line of pet carriers. In Pink and black or red and black. Visit www.sherpapet.com for a preview of what you'll find in your local pet shop this season!
Photo courtesy of Zoo Med.
Bunny Bytes has soft and hard presents for rabbits. Their seasonal mini snowflake print bunny blankie is anti-pill fleece and cozy. And they have all kinds of feeding plates for meal time.
Books and CD's:
If your pet store doesn't carry them, these books and CDs may be found in your local book or record store. As always-don't be afraid to ask!
There are so many books that we love this season, but here are a few that just jumped out of the box at us and stole our hearts:
Shopping for A Cause
If you want your presents to do double-duty (both to the lucky recipient as well as benefit less-fortunate animals) consider these:
Donate on a loved-one's behalf to some of the amazing animal groups here in New York that are working toward making life for the city's most at-risk animals a better one. Consider a gift to the Mayor's Alliance For New York City's Animals (www.animalalliancenyc.org), the ASPCA (www.aspca.org) the Humane Society of New York (www.humanesocietyny.org) and many others.
United Action for Animals has opened a thrift shop on 402B East 80th Street (off of 1st Avenue), opened weekdays from 10 am to 5 pm. High-quality vintage curios and collectibles lines the aisles. All proceeds from the store go to support UAA's various programs, such as Grateful Paws (low-cost veterinary care for needy New Yorkers) spay/neuter clinics, and other worthy causes.
From Nov. 21 to December 24, local Petcos will once again run a "Tree of Hope" fundraising program. Customers can donate $1, $5, $10, $20 toward animal welfare groups here in New York. A $20 donation gets you a keepsake snowglobe.
Ollie's Place, on 203 East 26th Street (off of Third Avenue) is wholly-owned and operated by Mighty Mutts, a local rescue group here in New York. All profits go toward adopting out their animals, and cat adoption is right on the premises!
The Animal Network of New York (ANNY) is a group of locally-based pet businesses who will give a percentage off of their goods and services to dogs that were rescued or adopted from New York City rescue groups and shelters. From dog walking to in-home dog washing, transport, photography and more! For a list of participants visit http://www.animalalliancenyc.org/services/care.htm.