4 Ways to Help Animals + Enter to WIN an ASPCA Holiday Gift Pack!

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I’m getting a late start with Christmas decorations but luckily I have Daisy to help me out. She’s a great helper, and you can see from her smile that she is very happy about getting started!

And speaking of helping, the holiday season is the perfect time of year to spread the word about ways YOU can help animals. Our pals over at ASPCA have put together some tips and infographic for animals lovers with 4 Ways to Help Animals this Holiday Season:

1.       Adopt, Don’t Shop

Make adoption your first option this holiday season! Avoid buying anything from pet stores that sell puppies because most of them come from puppy mills. Search for local adoptable animals by visiting www.ASPCA.org/adopt

 2.       Help Local Shelters

Help your local shelter by volunteering your time or finding out what supplies they need. You can also win a grant for your local shelter by entering our “Home for the Holidays” contest with Dogist and Subaru at www.ASPCA.org/holiday

 3.       Have a More Humane Holiday Meal

If you eat meat, eggs, or dairy, look for certifications that require better treatment for animals on farms, specifically Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved, and GAP (Levels 2 and above). Visit www.ASPCA.org/labels to view a label guide and get useful tips and info on how to have a more humane holiday

 4.       Host a Holiday Sweet Swap

Consider hosting a holiday bake sale at your office or with friends and family and donate the proceeds to help animals in need. Find out how to start your fundraiser at www.ASPCA.org/SweetSwap

ASPCA holiday info

To help celebrate the Holiday Season, we’ve got a super cool prize pack for one lucky winner! It includes a whole bunch of goodies you can either keep for yourself, or gift to the animal lovers on your list. The prize pack includes:

  • West Elm Animal Tea Towels: Inspired by some of Instagram’s most famous pets, West Elm will donate $1 for every towel purchased to the ASPCA.
  • Subaru Collapsible Water Bowl & Puppy Dog Cinch Bag: Since 2008, Subaru has supported nearly 1,000 pet adoption events, resulting in more than 11,500 adoptions to date.
  • Walkers Shortbread Cookie Tin
  • ASPCA Pet Throw
  • ASPCA Branded Canvas Tote Bag

ASPCA Holiday Giveaway

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12 Creative and Relaxing Adult Coloring Books for Animal Lovers

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It’s no wonder that coloring books for adults have such a popular trend. Not only do they provide hours of stress relief and relaxation, but they are a fun, whimsical and easy way for anyone to be creative. Whether you are artistically inclined or not, get in on the fun and join millions of adults all around the world who are rediscovering the joy of coloring.

All of these coloring books for adults are super affordable (under $10 each) and are a great way to relax and unwind, so grab some colored pencils, kick back with a glass of wine or cup of coffee and enjoy!

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Animal Coloring Books for Grownups

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Magazine Sale for Animal Lovers: The Bark, Catster + More Up to 85% OFF

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There’s a huge magazine sale event going on right now over at Zulily and you can save up to 85% on a 1 or 2 year print subscription to a variety of popular magazines.

In addition to titles such as Real Simple, Yoga Journal, Travel + Leisure, Cooking Light, Us Weekly, you’ll also be able to snag BIG savings on magazines for animal lovers including:

  • The Bark Magazine 1 or 2 Year Subscription $7.99/$12.99 ($24/$48 reg)
  • National Geographic Kids Magazine 1 Year Subscription $11.99 ($50 reg)
  • Horse & Rider Magazine 1 Year Subscription $7.99 ($60 reg)
  • Dogster Magazine 1 or 2 Year Subscription $7.99/$14.99 ($60/$120 reg)
  • Catster Magazine 1 or 2 Year Subscription $9.99/$17.99 ($60/$120 reg)
  • Animal Tales Magazine for Kids 1 Year Subscription $13.99 ($30 reg)

There are plenty more magazine deals on sale for kids and adults, including Cooks Illustrated, American Girl Magazine, Bird Watching, and just about any other topic or interest you can thing of. Head on over HERE to check it out. As with all Zulily sale events, this one is for 3-Days only, so don’t wait!

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10 FREE Craft and DIY eGuides: Photography, Drawing Animals, Cake Decorating + More (reg. $4.99 each)

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10 free craft eguides

We love trying out new craft and DIY projects! If you do too, then be sure to snag these terrific FREE eGuides courtesy of Craftsy. Each one is a free downloadable PDF regularly priced at $4.99 each. It doesn’t say how long the free promo will last, so be sure to head on over using the links below and get your free eguide now:

FREE Craft, DIY and Hobby eGuides [PDF]

>Photography
eGuide: Better Photos Now: Beginner Photography Tutorials
>Cake Decorating
eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas
>Food & Cooking
eGuide: Delicious Doughnut Recipes You Can Make at Home
>Jewelry
eGuide: Beginners Guide to Wirework for Beautiful Jewelry
>Paper Crafts
eGuide: 6+ Stash-Busting Paper Craft Projects
>Drawing
eGuide: Drawing the Human Face: A Primer
>Painting
eGuide: Beginner’s Guide to the World of Watercolor
>Gardening
eGuide: Success With Container Gardening
>Woodworking
eGuide: Woodturning Basics for Beginners
>Drawing
eGuide: How to Draw a Dog and Cat

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Ready for more? Craftsy offers full-length interactive online video classes with top instructors. Read the review of the Craftsy Knitting Class I took using my iPad! Then visit Craftsy.com to check out all their offerings, including some free online mini-classes.

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FREE Android App: WildLife America Animal Rescue ($3.99 reg)

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Animal lovers, hurry on over to Amazon for today’s FREE Android App of the Day! It’s WildLife America — setup and run your own wild animal rescue center. A super fun and educational simulation game rated for all ages.

Look after wild animals and nurse them back to health: in WildLife America you can care for animals from the North American wilderness, cure their illnesses and tend their injuries so that they can move to new sanctuary or be released back into the wild!

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The wild animals are on the loose! In WildLife America you can now look after the many endangered species from the forests in the tundra of Canada and Alaska. The rangers desperately need some skilled helpers for their team as more and more animals arrive at the reserve needing your help! Treat injured wolves, diagnose the bears’ illnesses and nurse them back to health.

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With WildLife America you can now also customize the enclosures of your animals! Whether it’s a pen for the raccoons or trees for the exuberant squirrels to frolic around in – let your imagination run wild! To make sure your animals feel at home during their stay and have an appropriate habitat, you can set up their enclosures to be as close to nature as possible.

So what are you waiting for? Head of to the wildlife park, help the rangers and nurse your wild patients back to health!

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