This holiday season, as you search aisle after aisle for that perfect gift, keep in mind that your most important gift may be right under your nose. With one click, you can give abused animals a second chance.
Every 10 seconds, an animal is abused. It’s heartbreaking: These animals are neglected. They are scared. And they are struggling to survive.
Sure, Giving Tuesday is a pretty new concept—but we happen to think it’s also a pretty important one. The idea is quite simple: An entire day dedicated to giving back to others and getting to the true roots of the holiday season. After the mega-shopping weekend many of us just had, Giving Tuesday feels like a breath of fresh air. Here are three easy ways you can spend today giving back to animals in need.
Hug a Dog, Cuddle a Cat.Shelters across the country rely on their volunteers to help keep the animals in their care happy—and that includes some serious cuddling. Whether it’s cozying up with a puppy or taking the time to befriend a skittish kitty, a little love goes a long way when you’re a homeless pet. Changing litter boxes, filing paperwork and scooping poop, are a BIG help for shelter staff, too!
Join the ASPCA Advocacy Brigade. Help us fight to get strong anti-cruelty laws passed on federal, state and local levels as a member of our Advocacy Brigade. When you sign up, we’ll automatically send you important actions you can take. It’s a great way to give back all year long!
Become an ASPCA Guardian. Okay, you kind of knew this ask was coming, but we really hope you’ll consider it. As a non-profit, our team really depends on the small monthly gifts our members provide. They are our backbone. Did we mention you get a really cute calendar and the donation is tax deductible?
Thanks for joining us for Giving Tuesday, and don’t forget to share this post with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!
The giving season is officially here! Check out four fun, effective ways you can make a difference for animals during the holidays.
Volunteer for animals in your community Bring some holiday cheer to homeless animals in your community by volunteering at a local shelter. Find a shelter near you.
Shop ‘til you drop at our online thrift store Make room for this year’s holiday booty and raise money for animals by donating your unwanted treasures to the ASPCA Web Thrift Store. Start selling and shopping for animals today.
Show them how much you care…about animals! Nothing says holiday spirit like a good old-fashioned greeting card. Ours feature the photo and story of an animal rescued by the ASPCA, and they’re all completely adorable. Get ‘em while you can.
Enough stuff? Give the gift of helping animals Perfect for everyone on your list, our new Symbolic Gifts allow you to donate on behalf of friends and family to the ASPCA program area most meaningful to them. Give today.
During the holiday season, there is nothing more fulfilling than the feeling of giving back—and we believe the magic of social media can do just that. Social media can be a cool tool in our fight against animal cruelty. Think about it. You have friends. Your friends have friends. And they have friends, too. There is a pretty good chance you can reach hundreds—even thousands—of people with just one status update. So why not make it count for animals?
Follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. First, be sure to Like our page on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check out our boards on Pinterest. Now that we’re connected, you’ll start seeing updates about adopted animals, top pet care tips, and animal cruelty news in your newsfeed. Plus, this simple action will spread the ASPCA’s mission to your friends, and their friends, and their friends, and so on!
Give the Gift of a Status Update, Tweet, or Pin Board. Let the world know that adopting a pet will warm up any home for the holidays! Giving back to help animals this holiday season can be as simple as dedicating your Facebook status to an adoptable animal every week, sending out a Tweet, or Pinning a photo of an adoptable animal onto your board. It’s a great way to help homeless critters find the forever homes they deserve.
Share! Share! Share! Like what you’re reading? Be sure share it on your wall, it’s the best way to get your friends involved, too. Again, this simple action can make a BIG difference!
Join our Holiday Twitter Party on December 12! Are poinsettias poisonous to cats? Are leftover turkey bones safe for dogs? We’ll be asking these questions and many more during our #SantaPaws Holiday Trivia Twitter Party and Giveaway Extravaganza. Join us on Twitter by following the hashtag #SantaPaws on December 12 at 7 P.M. (EST).
There’s a lot to be done, so let’s get started! Can you think of other ways to help animals this holiday using social media? Let us know!
All over America, people are gearing up for the shopping and gifting frenzy that goes hand in hand with the holiday season. You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but what about Giving Tuesday? Giving Tuesday, taking place this year on November 27, brings out the best in us by encouraging us to remember those less fortunate—including the at-risk animals we’re working to save all year ‘round.
The best part is, it’s super easy to participate in Giving Tuesday, even if you’re low on cash. Just post your unwanted stuff to the ASPCA’s Web Thrift Store, where others can bid on and purchase your items. You set the price and get a tax write-off for 100% of your item’s value; the ASPCA gets 80% of the sale’s proceeds; and some lucky buyer gets a great bargain. It’s a win-win-win!
“WebThriftStore.com enables the ASPCA and its supporters to get all the benefits of running a national network of thrift stores without the costs and risks of creating one with bricks-and-mortar,” said WebThriftStore.com founder and CEO Douglas Krugman. “It makes sense for everyone—charities, donors and shoppers—and it’s something everyone can feel good about.”