From the Top of the Bookshelf: Companies that Support Animal Welfare
Hello everyone, it’s Patra! When you go out shopping, do you sometimes stop to wonder if your dollar is going somewhere besides the company that made your purchased product? Many companies now are taking initiative to give back to the community and the globe, especially focusing on certain species. We’ve done our homework and researched which popular companies take a particular interest and investment in the welfare of animals, and boy, did we find a lot! Without any further ado, here are 4 popular companies that support my furry friends and me!
Tito’s Vodka is located in Austin, Texas, where the original Emancipet clinic is located. The mission of Emancipet is to provide spay/neuter services at an affordable price, and to communities where there isn’t a service located nearby already; even if an owner cannot afford to spay/neuter their pet, Emancipet will ensure that it can still be done. Tito’s Vodka is a major supporter of Emancipet, but the support began long ago, with Tito Beveridge’s love of dogs. In the Tito’s Vodka distillery, the love of dogs is a major component of the work atmosphere, considering many of the distillery’s employees own dogs, and they help provide medical services to packs of wild dogs located near the distillery.
Tito’s Vodka has a separate website for dog lovers, where you can purchase dog-related merchandise (t-shirts, leashes, bowls, toys, and signs), can request information to bring an Emancipet to your area, and a link where you can donate to Emancipet. All proceeds go towards Emancipet.
Lush is a cosmetics brand proudly made in the USA, and which brags about being “fresh handmade cosmetics.” Back in 2007, Lush launched its Charity Pot program, with its featured product being a body lotion, and 100% of the sales are donated to charitable causes. While Lush shows an interest in a multitude of charitable areas, one area that they focus on is animal welfare. For the Charity Pot program, they have partnered up with Doberman Pinscher Rescue (a no-kill dog rescue non-profit located in California), Operation Blankets of Love (a program to stop animal abuse and abandonment), and 10 others!
Alex and Ani
Alex and Ani has become a staple in the jewelry industry, so it’s great to see a company like this creating certain items to benefit something larger than itself. Alex and Ani have created a collection called “Charity By Design” for their bangles, and within this collection are 40 bracelets you can purchase, and some of the purchase price will be donated to a cause directly related to the bangle’s charm. The Prints of Love Charm Bangle when purchased will have 20% of the purchase price donated to the ASPCA for the prevention of cruelty to animals. They also have a couple other bracelets in this collection that will support our wildlife and zoos.
Amazon is a huge company, so seeing it pair up with non-profits is fantastic! AmazonSmile works just like Amazon, but you need to go to smile.amazon.com in order to access the site. Login with your Amazon username/email and password and you’re ready to go! When you first login, you’ll be able to select what charitable organization you would like to support when you purchase eligible products (products that are eligible for the AmazonSmile program will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation”). Once you purchase an eligible product, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% to your selected charity. The charitable cause you choose can be changed at any time you wish (they have paired up with almost one million causes!).
Right now one of the spotlight charities on AmazonSmile is the ASPCA, but there are many more charity organizations you can choose from that will directly impact animal welfare.
If you want to impact an animal’s life more directly, maybe it’s time you thought about fostering or adopting a pet. If you’re interested in adopting or fostering a pet, please contact us.
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