Who doesn’t love a good sale? We don’t know about you, but we’re always clicking around online, looking for the best deals. Here’s our Wednesday Wish List of steals and bargains that support our life-saving work for animals nationwide:
ASPCA Insulated Tote Bag: Carry your lunch in style in this functional insulated tote bag, sold in the ASPCA Online Store. This sturdy orange tote features zippered interior pockets and a sturdy black shoulder strap.
“Paws 4 A Cause” Pillow Cover by PB Teen: Created for the ASPCA, this adorable Pottery Barn Teen pillow cover is sure to brighten any room. Plus, the “Paws 4 A Cause” design –one of five in this pet-themed collection— says it all: the ASPCA receives $5 from the sale of each pillow to support our life-saving work for animals in need.
Unsaid: A Novel by Neil Abramson: On the coldest days of winter, we love to curl up on the couch with a good book and a cup of coffee. Sold in the ASPCA Online Store, Unsaid is a novel about the unspoken connection between animals and humans. This heartwarming story is perfect for any pet lover and bookworm.
Bugs Boodles Book of Basics by Kimberly O’Hara: When cold weather moves after school playtime from the park to the living room, your kids will love reading Bugs Boodles Book of Basics—a cheerful book designed to teach young children how to safely interact with dogs. The book, sold in the ASPCA Online Store, features a cute and cuddly pup, Bugs Boodle, and his best friend, Teddy, and is sure to become a family favorite.
Love to shop for a cause? Check back next week for more of our Wednesday Wish List items.
Catdance Film Festival is one of the coolest feline-focused events of the year. Sponsored by Fresh Step Litter, Catdance puts a spotlight on cat-centric cinema (you can watch the top five films and vote for your favorite here), and it’s for a great cause. All proceeds from their t-shirt sales benefit the ASPCA. And on top of all that, there’s one other reason we think Catdance is, well, the cat’s pajamas: it’s hosted by Gilles Marini. One of our favorite cat lovers, Gilles is known for his work on 2 Broke Girls and Switched at Birth, and he was recently featured in People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” issue. We caught up with Gilles to talk family, felines, and face-licks in an exclusive ASPCA interview:
ASPCA: Where and when did you get your cats?
Gilles Marini: We got our cat, Penelope, on Mother's Day last year as a present for my daughter Juliana. She’s wanted a kitty for as long as I can remember, and we thought it was the perfect day to make her a pet parent. So far, it has worked out well because she is very good at taking care of Penelope.
ASPCA: What role have pets played in your life?
GM: For as long as I can remember, I have been surrounded by pets, including cats, dogs, chickens, birds, and lizards. I grew up with a mom that loved animals and always taught us to care for them. They are so amazing and give us so much all the time. My family loves having pets and we will never change that. If you can care for an animal properly, that tells me that you are a good person.
ASPCA: Do your children enjoy interacting with your cats?
GM: My gosh, for sure! Just a few minutes ago my son asked me where Penelope is, and I believe it’s because he wants to take her into the bedroom to cuddle, not to make sure she’s inside. There is not one day that goes by without me seeing my kids playing, caring for, or interacting with Penelope. She is very, very luck for sure.
ASPCA: What have you taught your children so far about being a pet parent and cat lover?
GM: If a child knows how to care for, love, and play with their cat or pet, it shows the kind of adult he or she will be. I’ve seen it happen over and over. I teach my kids to love all living things. We are only in this world for a fraction of a second, so let’s make it count with pure love, compassion, and kindness. It’s what I believe in.
ASPCA: What is your favorite part about being a cat owner?
GM: My favorite part is playing with Penelope! She is great at hide-and-seek, and she is full of love (yes, she also sleeps quite a bit during the day). She licks my face at night when I sleep, but what can you say to that little ball of fur? She does it with love!
When it’s cold and blustery outside, what better time to curl up on the couch and do some online shopping? We’re snowed in this week, so we’ve had extra time to browse for animal-themed items around the web.
Here’s our Wednesday Wish List of cold weather items that make a difference for animals nationwide:
Puppy Luv Glam Tween Thermal Hoodie:Designed for the young animal lovers in your life, this dog-themed sweatshirt is designed for kids ages seven to 12 and comes in brown, purple or pink. The thermal fabric is perfect for cold winter days. Plus, Puppy Luv Glam donates $2 to the ASPCA for every garment sold.
Paws N Claws Sunglasses: If you’re planning to hit ski the slopes this month, don’t forget to bring sunglasses! Paws N Claws has a collection of sunglasses made especially for animal lovers. The frames feature paw prints and animal prints, and 2-3% of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the ASPCA. Check out the Paws N Claws website to find a retailer near you.
ASPCA Hooded Sweatshirt: As winter marches on with no end in sight, cozy up in this ASPCA hooded sweatshirt. The sweatshirt, sold in the ASPCA Online Store, features a full-length zipper and comes in black or orange.
Bonus! Use the code ASPCA15 when you shop the ASPCA Online Store and receive 15% off your purchase. Plus, we’re offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. Stay warm, and happy shopping!
At ASPCA Parents, our goal is to help families raise the next generation of animal lovers. So when we heard about the Benedetto family, who spent Christmas assisting in the aftermath of a massive tri-state dog fighting ring, we couldn’t wait to share their story. We tracked down this inspiring family to find out just what motivated them to spend their holidays with the ASPCA.
Elizabeth and Juan Carlos Benedetto live in Seattle, Washington with their two children, Gabriel and Tatiana. Elizabeth and Juan run two adult living facilities, and both kids are in medical school. Despite their busy lives, they’ve always made it a priority to do good, and to do it together. When they heard about an opportunity to help dog fighting victims, they all agreed to head to our temporary shelter right away.
“We have a love of animals deep in our heart,” says Elizabeth. “It’s really important for us to help out animals in need, but also to stick together as a family.”
The Benedettos are trained in Search & Rescue. In the last year alone, they deployed four times through WASART (Washington State Animal Response Team) to rescue dogs and horses. Though she says she hasn’t had a real vacation in more than 20 years, Elizabeth considers this time with her family to be the greatest reward of all.
“We want to show the kids how important it is to be a part of the need that’s out there and to be a part of the community,” she says. “If your kids are old enough to do these things, they should do them. The more you expose your kids to good, the better our world will be.”
Attention, online shopping addicts! If you’re anything like us, you love clicking around to find the best deals online. This week, why not shop for items that will make a difference for animals nationwide?
Here’s a roundup of products for adults, kids and pets that we’re eyeing this week:
“Lover Not a Fighter” Tee by David and Goliath: Specially designed for the ASPCA, this women’s tee helps spread the word about ending the cruel practice of dog fighting. Through December 2014, 5% of the purchase price of this shirt will be donated to the ASPCA.
Pottery Barn Teen Pet Pals Pillow Cover: Created for the ASPCA, these Pottery Barn Teen pillow covers come in two sizes in colorful dog and cat-themed designs. These pillow covers are perfect for animal enthusiasts of all ages! Plus, the ASPCA receives $5 from the sale of each pillow.
Check back next week for more of our wish list items. Happy shopping!