10 Pet (and Pet-Loving People) Products That Give Back
Go ahead — splurge on yourself and your four-legged friends! These goodies benefit you and needy creatures around the country.
Start the day with Grounds & Hounds's limited-release blend of fair-trade coffee from Mexico, Ethiopia and Colombia, and give yourself a pat on the back for benefiting a local shelter. This community-minded company will donate 20 percent of the proceeds from your purchase to a rescue partner near you.
BUY IT: Grounds & Hounds, $14.25
The luxury-pool-accessory gurus at FUNBOY teamed up with BarkShop to make a pet-friendly version of their iconic yacht: The puncture-resistant plastic on this Instagram-ready vessel accommodates furry passengers up to 70 pounds, and a lined bin at the prow is ready for treats and toys. As with all BarkShop products, 5 percent of the proceeds from this float support organizations that provide low-cost or free vet care with spay and neuter programs.
BUY IT: BarkShop, $59
Gift an animal-loving friend (or bling out your own lobes) with these diminutive prints and know that your buy makes a difference for critters: A percentage of each pair's retail price is set aside and granted to The Animal Rescue Site Store's charity partners. Funds from these baubles, for example, feed 35 shelter animals. When was the last time mall-kiosk jewelry did that, hmm?
BUY IT: TheAnimalRescueSite, $19
Recognize these snoozing besties from the comics page? Mooch and Earl are the stars of MUTTS, Patrick McDonnell's beloved comic strip, and they appear in 700 newspapers in 20 countries. McDonnell's 2-D critters help raise funds for the 3-D kind, as 5 percent of the purchase price of this double-walled stainless steel bottle goes directly to The Humane Society of the United States' Animal Rescue Team.
BUY IT: Mutts, $30
Though fall is around the corner, your place can keep right on smelling like summer with the citrus-vanilla scent of a hand-poured, cruelty-free, eco-soy Mason jar candle — and 15 percent of the proceeds of your purchase will be donated to an animal-rescue charity. The folks at Rescue Candles offer a kaleidoscope of scents and personalized labels (wedding or shower favors, anyone?), and you can work with them on which charity will receive your funds.
BUY IT: RescueCandle via Etsy, $13
If you've got a sweet tooth and a soft spot for cats and dogs, we've got the gourmet treats for you: Pro chocolatier and pit-bull guardian Sarah Gross Feoli donates every last cent of the proceeds from her vegan, organic, fair-trade chocolate bars to animal rescue organizations. (Each bar highlights a different animal-welfare issue: Mission Feral Fig, for example, raises awareness for trap-neuter-release programs for feral cat colonies.)
BUY IT: Rescue Chocolates, $6+
Fetch Eyewear's "Martin" sunnies were named for "a handsome and spunky terrier mix that was found 'running at large' and is now looking for his forever home." As with every other pair of eyeglasses, reading glasses and sunglasses Fetch sells, 100 percent of the proceeds from these stylish specs are donated to The Pixie Project and other animal-welfare organizations.
BUY IT: Fetch Eyewear, $95
At last, a tank top that celebrates Mick Jagger and the #AdoptDontShop movement! Every quarter, the Austin-based artist (and proud foster-dog Mom) behind this furry take on the Rolling Stones' famous logo chooses a different 501(c)3 to receive a portion of the proceeds from her "rebellious rescue wear."
BUY IT: GoodGirlGidget via Etsy, $20
Internet superstar Lil BUB is the (adorable) face of special-needs pets everywhere, and a portion of the proceeds from these plush BUBs benefits Best Friends Animal Society, a nationwide group whose mission is to save all shelter dogs and cats from needless deaths. The BUBs also benefit Lil BUB's Big FUND for the ASPCA, a fund specifically for special-needs pets — and since 2012, they've done so to the tune of more than $300,000. Big ups, Lil BUB.
BUY IT: BUB STORE, $24