On the 12th Day of Christmas My True Love Gave to Me…

The holidays are a perfect time to reach out to those we love…and the causes we support. And, while lots of folks are “cutting back” this year, a little help from family and friends can turn the very important little that you can spare for your cause into life-changing lots. Here are a few simple ideas on how to truly create a season of giving for the animals.

Give a gift of a donation…

In lieu of giving that gift that very well may be thrown in a closet or returned, give a donation in an animal loving friend or family member’s name to your local shelter or favorite animal organization. My best friend and I, for example, have decided to sponsor a spay-neuter surgery through FiXiT for one another!

Or ask for one!

At least one person will ask you what you’d like this holiday season—so don’t hold back! Ask her (or him!) to donate or sponsor a spay-neuter surgery in your name! In fact, have information printed and ready to hand to those who ask and seem interested.

Donate time…

Got a few days off for the holidays? Try donating just a few hours of that time to your local shelter or animal issues group. It could be as simple as folding blankets, sorting mail or filling water dishes, but it all makes a difference to the animals.

…and supplies…

You’re shopping for food to feed that masses anyway, why not throw $10 worth of cat or dog food in your cart while you’re there? Be on the lookout for sale/clearance animal toys, blankets, bedding, cat litter and other supplies that shelters are in constant need of as well.

…or ask your guests to!

Inviting the whole gang to a Christmas or New Year’s feast? Ask each guest to bring a small donation as well! Worded properly, a thoughtful request might encourage others to follow suit: “We’d love to do something to help those who are less fortunate while celebrating all that we have this holiday season. Please bring (canned food, a toy, a monetary donation etc.) when you come for dinner so that we can make a donation to XYZ.”

Happy Holidays from FiXiT!

Lastly, we at FiXiT would like to thank you for all that you do, year ‘round, to help animals everywhere. With your continued help and support, we will continue to our quest to change the world for animals in need. Happy Holidays to all!

Safety tips:

Visit http://www.arkanimals.com/dlg/christmas_hanukkah_holiday_pet_safety_tips.htm for tips on how to keep your pets safe during the holiday season.

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