While your own dog might be warm and well-loved, there’s plenty of others out there that aren’t so lucky. But there are some brands that are going beyond, using their products to raise money for dog shelters and animal charities. To mark Giving Tuesday, here’s 10 of the best guilt-free buys, all of which help you give back.
There’s patterns aplenty on these handmade bandanas, which come in everything from sedate stripes to tropical prints. There’s even a few memphis-style options, for po-mo-loving pups. For each one sold, Tigerpig & Co makes a donation to a non-profit or shelter, changing it up each month so everyone gets their fair share. Visit tigerpigandco.com.
Every year The Gourmand releases a new version of its much loved Dog Eat Dog calendar. Each month features a new pup – each named after food – from Basil to Brie and Beans, all beautifully styled and photographed. And that’s not even the best bit. All proceeds from the calendar’s sales go towards animal welfare charity Mayhew. Visit thegourmand.co.uk.
Help raise awareness of rescue dogs with Found My Animal’s range of hand-spliced dog leads. Not only are they designed to be super-durable, each one comes with a stamped FOUND tag – letting the world know you went down the adopt don’t shop route. Found My Animal also supports a long list of rescues, so you know your money is going to a good cause. Visit www.foundmyanimal.com.
If you’re dog’s already thoroughly spoilt, treat yourself instead with a bag of fair trade organic coffee. The Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co has a simple philosophy – every pound saves a hound, which means it donates 20% of all profits to no kill rescue organisations. Not a fan of coffee? There’s also a range of shirts and accessories on offer. Visit groundsandhoundscoffee.com.
There’s plenty to choose from at Modern Beast, which stocks stuffed toys (who can resist the doggy pizza) as well as jumpers, dog cardigans, neckties and hats. Not only is there much to deliberate over, but there’s some serious goodwill at work here, with 100% of the company’s profits donated to animal welfare organisations. Visit modernbeast.com.
Time to invest in a new coat? Help support abandoned pets in need of medical help AND keep your pooch warm in winter, with Paco & Lucia’s range of outerwear. Everything’s made in Peru, which means extra colourful patterns and details, and the company donates a portion of its sales to support animal organisations. Visit www.pacoandlucia.com.
Whether it’s spectacles or sunglasses you’re after, there’s no shortage of frames on offer at Fetch, which offers classic shapes with a contemporary twist. If you’re in the US, you can test drive up to five pairs to decide which suits you best. Fetch donates 100% of its profits to animal welfare, meaning your glasses aren’t just making you look good, they’re helping cover medical costs for rescue dogs. Visit fetcheyewear.com.
Buy a lead and help Wilderdog feed some sad rescue pups. Each month, the brand chooses a different shelter in the US and donates a portion of kibble for every order placed on its site. If you still need convincing, all of Wilderdog’s leashes are made from rock climbing rope and have reflective tape woven into them – making this a good buy for the more adventurous humans and canines. Visit www.wilderdog.com.
A light-up collar is an absolute essential, particularly as the days drawn in and the last walk of the day is in the dark. Shine For Dogs not only has collars, but flashing harnesses and leads, all of which are rechargeable via USB and come in a rainbow of colours. Better yet, 100% of profits are donated to help dogs in shelters. Visit www.shinefordogs.com.
Dogs might be absolutely banned from chocolate, but that doesn’t mean you are too. Especially when it’s guilt-free. This line of organic fair trade chocolate bars comes in a range of flavours – think feral fig and forever mocha – and helps support animal rescue groups. Each year it picks a new one to donate to, handing over 100% of its profit. Visit www.rescuechocolate.com.