2019 Holiday gift guide for animal-lovers

November 24 2019

Looking for a unique gift that helps animals? We've got you covered

For your beary sweet animal-loving pal

Here at World Animal Protection, we've been protecting bears from cruelty for more than 20 years. We work with our local partner the Pakistan Bioresource Research Centre (BRC) to end the needless suffering of bears in Pakistan, as well as our partner Millions of Friends (AMP), who we helped build world’s largest brown bear sanctuary in Europe measuring 66 acres. Together we've rescued more than 100 captive bears who fought for their lives during brutal bear baiting events or were forced to “dance” on busy streets for up to 12 hours a day for entertainment purposes. These rescued bears are now able to live better lives, and so are their owners.

This holiday season, give the gift of freeing a captive bear, or the gift of caring for the bears who are given a second chance at life. View all gifts for bear-lovers here.

For the friend who believes dogs are a human's best friend

Dogs make great pets: they’re loyal, affectionate, and playful. And in some countries around the world, dogs can contribute to our livelihoods.

Did you know that approximately 1,200 dogs are inhumanely killed every hour primarily from a fear of rabies? Instead of examining the root causes of stray dog populations, such as irresponsible ownership and overbreeding, some governments look to mass killing as a quick-fix solution. Dragged through the streets, electrocuted, poisoned or gassed – culling is nearly always a horrendous and painful death.

Through research, we know that vaccinations are the best way to protect dogs from rabies. Since the start of our Better Lives for Dogs program, we have saved more than a million dogs from a terrible fate by vaccinating them against rabies.

It only costs $1 to save one dog’s life. Consider saving 25 dogs for $25, or 50 dogs for $50 this holiday. Click here to see all the gifts available for dog-lovers.

For the friend who thinks elephants are exceptional

We know that riding elephants is cruel and unfortunately, it still happens every day in the animal tourism industry. Sadly, there’s a 96% chance that an attraction offering saddled rides or shows keeps elephants in cruel and unacceptable living conditions. With your support, we’ve moved over 200 travel companies worldwide to commit to stop selling, promoting and offering elephant rides and shows.

This year, we worked with ChangChill (previously Happy Elephant Valley) in Thailand as they reopened as a true elephant sanctuary-- and we couldn't have done it without your support.

This holiday season, give the gift of freeing elephants from suffering and getting them off wish lists.

For the friend who wants to see tigers enjoying their freedom in the wild

Removing a wild animal from its natural habitat for use as a wildlife selfie photo prop condemns it to a life time of suffering and in many cases, a death sentence. Tiger and lion cubs are taken from their mothers (sometimes at just a month old) and are constantly chained or left in small, barren cages for tourists to handle and hug for selfies. Some big cat facilities drug the animals when they get older so tourists can snap the perfect selfie. When they become unmanageable, they are abandoned or discarded at roadside zoos.

We're working with some of the largest travel companies, like G Adventures and Intrepid Travel, who are committed to animal-friendly vacations so we can help wildlife stay in the wild, where they belong.

You can give the gift of helping to protect tigers in tourism this holiday season.

For the friend who loves all animals equally

As World Animal Protection, we move the world to end the needless suffering of animals, help the world see how important animals are to all of us, and change animals’ lives for the better.

We hope that one day animals no longer need us to be protected from cruelty and suffering. But right now, animals all over the world really need your help.

Show the animal-lover in your life that you understand their passion for animals by giving them a gift that goes where the need is greatest.

World Animals Gifts allow you to be the miracle animals need this holiday season. View the full gift guide here.

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