Gifts for animal lovers that actually help animals

Gifts for animal lovers that actually help animals

Gift-giving is meaningful for both the giver and the recipient – and with the right gift, you can do more than show your appreciation, you can create positive change. As the giving season approaches, consider these gift ideas for the animal lovers in your life, or try doing your Christmas shopping in a way that gives back to charity. Any purchase, big or small, will help support us animals in need across the world – not only through the holiday season but well into the future.

Here is our list of gift ideas for animal lovers of all ages, as well as unique ways you can help animals in need whilst you shop.

Four Paw-some Gift Ideas

1. Pair a beloved pet with one in need

What do you get for the pet who has everything? Or, for your friend who loves their pet more than anything? You give them the chance to help an animal in need. Through our Pair My Pet programme, we match beloved pets with one that is in our care. For as little as £3 a month, we’ll pair your pet, or that of a friend, with Bear the injured dog, Strong the abandoned racehorse, or even Cali the cat who was once found as a kitten. The recipient of your choice – that could be you, a friend or family member, or even a pet – will change the lives of animals all over the world and receive a welcome pack filled with everything they need to know about their new four-legged friend. The gift includes; a letter from your sponsored pet, a pet-friendly recipe, a certificate and postcard, and updates on how your support is making a difference. Click here to learn more and sign up today.

2. Inspire a future vet  

Do you know a critter-mad youngster? Is your child obsessed with their furry friend? Could they be a life-saving vet in the future? Spark their imagination and encourage stimulating learning through our Young Vets Club! Created by professional vets and teachers, it’s the perfect club for all animal-loving kids. For just £30 a year, they’ll receive a welcome pack, biannual magazine, regular updates from the animal they choose to sponsor, and learn about the world around us alongside their peers. Click here to check it out for yourself.

3. Visit our online shop

Have you visited our online shop yet? From books for young animal lovers to water bottles for your pets, there is bound to be a great gift for someone special in your life. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from the WVS Shop fund our animal welfare projects.

4. Send a meaningful card 

Gift a card or e-card in support of animals in need to a fellow animal lover, and make their day! Visit Making A Difference Cards or to select your favourite design, personalise it for your loved one, and add a donation to support the health and welfare of animals worldwide.

5. Gift a Lottery ticket 

Every week, the WVS Lottery gives animal lovers in the UK the chance to win big. Unlike many other lotteries, our lottery tickets are only £1 per week. With a guaranteed winner, 80% of all tickets going to causes and prizes, and a chance at the £25,000 jackpot, there are plenty of reasons to take part. Buy a ticket for you or a loved one, and help us ensure all animals receive the care they deserve. So whether you buy 1 ticket or 10 tickets, thank you. Try your luck, by signing up today.

5. Become an Animal Champion

If you want to make a gift to animals this Christmas, why not become an Animal Champion. Simply sign up to make a regular gift each month, and help change the lives of animals around the world.

Unique Ways to Give 

Shop with Amazon Smile

Doing your Christmas shopping through Amazon this year? Switch to Amazon Smile to raise funds for charity at the same time. Amazon will donate a percentage of your spending to help us treat and care for animals in need, at no cost to you. Sign up online or turn on Amazon Smile in your App to start feel-good shopping today.

Give as you Live

Do your everyday shopping online with Give As You Live to support your favourite charities. With over 5,500 stores to choose from, including M&S, Sainsbury’s, TESCO, and Boots, it’s easy to make your online shopping count. Find out more and sign up here to show your support whilst you shop.

Give your car to charity

Looking to get a new car or motorbike, and trying to get rid of your old one? Consider donating it to charity! Give A Car collects your car for free, anywhere inside the UK. Visit Give A Car's website to find out more.

Donate your pet’s unused medication

Have any leftover pet medication? Donate it to us, and we’ll make sure it's used sensibly and helpfully. Year-round, we send aid parcels all over the world packed with critical supplies and equipment. We purchase new items as well collect donated items from both individuals and organisations to support teams working on the frontline of animal welfare. If you have any unexpired, unused, or leftover pet medications in your household, or any veterinary equipment that can be used to treat and care for animals in other parts of the world, please contact us today.

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