Tis the Season for Giving Back to Dogs

Looking for a way to give back to dogs this holiday season? Check out these three dog programs by the Morris Animal Foundation, The Grey Muzzle Organization and Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays.

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Help make dogs’ wishes come true as we head into the holiday season by giving back to dogs with these holiday-season programs. © Back in the Pack dog portraits/Getty Images

It doesn’t get much easier to give back to dogs this time of year, as there are many wonderful programs. Let’s paw through three of them.

Dog holiday card
Looking for dog themed holiday cards that give back to dogs? Check out the ones from the Morris Animal Foundation.

The Morris Animal Foundation

Its two-month holiday campaign takes place from November 1 to December 31, 2022. It funds critical canine health studies, including improving treatment for a deadly blood disorder, investigating a novel antimicrobial strategy for urinary tract infections, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study and more. Give directly or order holiday cards (example above), with proceeds supporting the Foundation’s programs. More at morrisanimalfoundation.org.

Dog smiling in sun
Get your favorite dog lover a 2023 calendar spotlighting and giving back to seniors dogs, created by the Grey Muzzle Foundation from its Summer Smile Campaign.

The Grey Muzzle Organization

Winners of the 2022 Summer Smile Campaign that benefitted senior dogs with dental problems are on full display in Grey Muzzle’s 2023 Calendar. (See previous winner Stella, Miss June 2021 above.) The calendar (around $18 and available to order in October) makes a great holiday gift plus benefits senior dogs. See greymuzzle.org.

Family adopting dog
Help get dogs their forever homes by volunteering or adopting from the Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holiday campaign.

Blue Buffalo Home 4 the Holidays

The annual three-month adoption campaign’s goal is simple: Place orphaned pets into happy, loving homes, while educating people about the importance of choosing pet adoption over supporting puppy mills and backyard breeders. As the holidays are one of the biggest pet adoption times of the year, Home 4 the Holidays focuses on encouraging and promoting responsible adoptions rather than getting a pet on impulse. Over 4,000 pet adoption agencies, facilities and rescue groups take part, making it the largest pet adoption campaign on record. Since 1999, the campaign has saved over 16 million pets. If you are not able to adopt this year, no worries! You can volunteer — just check the list of participating organizations in your area online at locations.home4theholidays.org. This year’s campaign starts October 1, 2022 and runs through December 31, 2022. Find more information at home4theholidays.org.

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