18 Gifts That Help Dogs In Need

While shopping for that perfect gift for anyone on your list, consider one of these great choices, all of which help dogs in need by giving back a portion of your purchase price. So really, it’s like giving two gifts – the one you bought and the donation the company gives to a charity. And we have everything on this list – from wine and coffee to clothes and dog toys – so we are sure you can find something special for everyone! Know of any other great products that give back? Share with us in the comments. Happy shopping!

#1 – Dawghead

This a unique gift any dog lover will cherish forever. Jennie Griffith makes handmade, custom-shaped portraits of a person’s own dog! In addition to that, she donates a portion of each sale to animal rescue groups. Christmas orders need to be in as soon as possible, but she also offers handmade gift certificates (of a mini dawghead print). Dawghead.com 

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#2 – PAWZ

PAWZ eye-catching designs and comfy clothes are a hit with animal lovers and casual shoppers alike. They aim to not only raise awareness about shelter pups and euthanasia rates, but also donate make life better for shelter pets by donating 10% of their net proceeds to no-kill shelters. So far, they’ve donated over $600,000 and still going! PAWZ.com

#3 – Jax & Bones Gingerbread Toy

Purchase this Eco-friendly toy and 10% goes back to animal rescue groups. Available at Kriser’s Natural Pet and JaxandBones.com.
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#4 –  iHeartDogs Shop

Shop our store full of great tees, sweatshirts, mugs, jewelry, and more! Each purchase gives food to a dog in need, what could be better! iHeartDogs.com

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#5 – Rescue Strong

Rescue Strong was inspired by one rescue dog named Luna. Her love impacted the life of her owner in such a big way that she felt the need to help other rescue dogs. Originally just a place for fundraising, Rescue Strong has grown into a shop that gives back in donations and supports other activists trying to raise awareness. RescueStrong.com

My passion is for rescue and design, and Rescue Strong fulfills both.”



#6 – MUTTS

I LOVE the MUTTS comic strip. Sunday mornings I would fight my siblings for the comic section of the newspaper and I’d skip straight to MUTTS before reading anything else. These cute characters hold a special place in the hearts and minds of many animal lovers.

The same MUTTS has an online store that sells artwork, MUTTS treasury books, clothing, and other items. Patrick McDonald, the creator of the comic strip, is personally involved in multiple charities to support animal welfare and the environment. A portion of the proceeds from the store goes to the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team.

#7 – Motley Zoo Shop

Know a rocker and an animal lover? Then check out the gift items at the Motley Zoo’s shop. They have lots of gifts and all the proceeds go to help cover the rescue’s $15,000/month vet bills. MotleyZoo.com

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#8 – Smiling Dog Coffee

Coffee lovers rejoice! Give a cup of Joe this Christmas and 25% of their proceeds are donated to the organization of your choice. SmilingDogCoffee.com 

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#9 – Rescue Chocolate

Perfect for stockings, gift baskets, or just to help you get through the shopping season – Rescue Chocolate gives 100% of their net profits to an animal rescue, which changes each month. RescueChocolate.com

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#10 – BarkBox

Give your pup, or a friend’s, the gift that keeps on giving with a subscription service to BarkBox. 10% of their profits goes to animal rescue organizations. BarkBox.com

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#11 – Landfill Dogs

For the book lover, artist, or animal activist on your list, this hardcover coffee table book is a great choice. It contains color portraits of more than 100 shelter dogs in a former landfill turned public park in Raleigh, North Carolina. This landfill was active for 14 years (1994–2008), and during this time the animal shelter brought its euthanized animals there for burial. Divided into three sections (“Recycling”, “Like New”, and “Products”), Landfill Dogs reveals the problem with associating pets as property while highlighting the souls who are lost due to animal overpopulation. In addition to the Landfill Dogs portraits, the book also contains twenty follow-up stories of dogs who found homes, and also illustrates how we came to associate pets as property. $10 from the sale of every book goes to the Heal-A-Heart Fund. Blurb.com

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#12 – I Love Tyler Madison

Many of us give clothes for Christmas, or even buy something for ourselves during the holidays. Why not pick a company that gives back? I Love Tyler Madison (Tyler and Madison are the rescue dogs of the designers!) gives a portion of every sale to the SPCA and ASPCA. ILoveTylerMadison.com

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#13 – ONEHOPE Wine

Another gift that many people buy this time of year is wine. Why not buy one that does some good? ONEHOPE, which gives back to various nonprofits with every bottle sold, has a number of great gift items at various price points. Two gift sets they have are for dog lovers, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the ASPCA. Onehopewine.com

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#14 – Happy Spritz

Happy Spritz is an apothecary company with a collection of face + body sprays for both men and women. Their Sweet Dreams Darling aromatherapy spray can even be used on pets. It is a calming mix of lavender and chamomile essential oils and helps relax nervous dogs. As a part of their company mission, they donate a portion of our proceeds to different animal rescue organizations across Canada and the US. HappySpritz.com

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#15 – Project Blue Collar

If someone on your list is an adoption advocate, consider a gift from the Blue Collar Project. PBC is an advocacy engine for adoption. As a social enterprise company, PBC has been committed to giving back to rescue organizations from the start. Sales from their online store act as fundraisers for their rescue partners. ProjectBlueCollar.com

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#16 – RocketDog Rescue Shop

RocketDog Rescue saves dogs from death at over-crowded shelters. You can help them by purchasing a fun gift from their Zazzle store – including matching human and dog tees! The profits go directly to support the sanctuary and emergency health services. Zazzle.com

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#17 –BarkerBag

The PERFECT gift for the outdoorsy dog lover, the BarkerBag is a dog sleeping bag that zips to the side of a human sleeping bag – or between two human sleeping bags if you can’t decide who gets to sleep next to the dog! This allows the pup to share the warmth of their human without being squished into the bottom of a sleeping bag – which can be uncomfortable for both pup and person.

BarkerBag supports Tail Waggers Rescue, which offers support and supplies to the homeless dog parents of Southern Oregon. They also provide them with Barker Bags, so their dogs can sleep alongside them. BarkerGear.com


#18 – Rescue Me: Tales of Rescuing the Dogs Who Became Our Teachers, Healers, and Always Faithful Friends

A perfect gift for any dog lover, this book is an inspiring collection of true tales of extraordinary commitment, faith in the midst of challenges, twists of fate, second chances, and the magical joy that canine companionship brings. Net proceeds from our fundraising book benefit non-profit animal shelters and advocacy groups, as well as raise awareness about the plight of homeless dogs and what wonderful family members they make when given the chance. Amazon.com

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