Gifts that give back: A gift guide for the animal lovers in your life

The holiday season is upon us, and now is the perfect time to consider what gifts you’ll be giving to loved ones this year. What better way to celebrate the season of giving than through thoughtful gifts that make a positive impact on the lives of animals?  

Every item in this gift guide not only makes the perfect present for any animal lover in your life but also directly supports Animal Humane Society and our mission to help pets and the people who love them.  

A variety of ways to help support AHS this holiday season

1. Cute and comfortable AHS merchandise  

Give your loved ones AHS gear this holiday season! From cozy joggers to super soft graphic tees and hoodies, helping animals never looked so good.  

All proceeds from our apparel help provide safe refuge, medical care, and second chances for the animals who need us most – what could be better than that?  

Pro tip: Order merch by December 1 to ensure items arrive in time for the holidays. 

2. A training pass or specialty class at AHS Training School 

Give the gift that keeps on giving this holiday season! A training pass to the AHS Training School is perfect for any dog parent in your life, new or experienced.  

Not only can a training pass help pet parents and their pups brush up on important skills like loose leash walking, it’s also a perfect way to bond with their canine companions. With the frigid Minnesota winter approaching, specialty classes are also great for mental and physical enrichment – for dogs and their people!  

AHS doesn’t recommend purchasing an animal as a gift 

While we’re always excited when one of the animals in our shelter finds a loving home, we don’t recommend giving animals as gifts. 

Welcoming a pet into the family is a personal decision that creates big changes in someone’s life, and it’s important that the individual make that commitment on their own.  

We do, however, suggest purchasing a gift card that can be put towards an adoption at a later date! 

3. An Alfie's List Drink Pass

With an Alfie's List Drink Pass, the recipient gets a BOGO drink at 24 dog-friendly breweries and distilleries across Minneapolis and St. Paul. The pass is valid through the entirety of 2024, so they can keep the exciting going through all of next year!

The best part is that a portion of sales from every pass goes directly to AHS to help more animals get the second chances they deserve. Order by 12/17 to receive your Drink Pass in time for the holidays.

3. A Paint My Pet session 

Gift a unique and personalized painting experience that helps recipients bring their pet to life on the canvas – no painting experience required!  

During a Paint My Pet session, attendees let their creativity flow and paint a portrait of their dog, cat, rabbit — or any animal — under the guidance of an experienced artist. Paint My Pet sessions make the perfect gift for families, children, and adults alike! 

Just in time for the holidays, AHS is offering $10 off every session purchased November 24 – 26 with code PMP10.  

4. A new toy or treat for the furry friends in your life 

Spoil all the furry friends in your life by purchasing toys and pet supplies from one of our three adoption center locations 

Whether it's a new squeaky toy, a cozy bed, or delicious treats, all proceeds from purchases at AHS directly support the many programs and services we offer to help people and their pets. 

5. Personalized socks of their pet 

Are you looking for a special, personalized gift that any pet parent would treasure? Consider a pair of socks from DivvyUp! These socks can be customized with a photo of your loved one’s pet, child, partner, or even their own face. The possibilities are endless.  

The best part is that a portion of the proceeds directly support the animals and programs at AHS. That’s a purchase you can feel good about!

6. Make a donation in someone’s honor 

For the animal lover who has everything, consider making a donation to Animal Humane Society in their name. Your contribution helps provide lifesaving medical care, loving homes, and important resources to animals in need.  

There are also lots of other ways to give back to AHS this holiday season, including making a Venmo gift and hosting your own fundraising event.  

Give a gift to animals in need 

The animals in our shelters would also appreciate gifts this holiday season. You can donate new items through our Amazon and Chewy wish lists, or drop off donated items like cat litter, leashes, toys, and treats at the entrances of our three adoption centers during regular business hours.  

We’re so thankful for you 

Because of our incredible community, AHS is able to provide care and resources for animals in need and the people who care for them. 

No matter how you choose to give this holiday season, we’re so grateful for your support and the love you have for animals. Thank you!