Animal-Centric Ways to Show You Care this Valentines Day

Help Animal Shelters, and Show Your Affection for a Significant Other, Family Member or Friend at the Same Time
By: Olga Kozinskiy

The Lu Parker Project is currently working to make sure that all dogs at the L.A. Department of Animal Services (South L.A. shelter) get a comfortable pet bed instead of having to sleep on cold, hard cement. The shelter only has 140 kennel runs and more than one dog is  kept in a kennel at a time. Many of the available pet beds made are not well-suited to be used in animal shelters because they are not durable enough and can flood through when the kennel runs are hosed down during routine cleaning. To help, Kuranda, a pet-bed company is offering its raised, chew-proof and easy-to-clean pet beds for a discount through the Lu Parker Project.

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If you donate a bed before February 14, you will receive a free flower bouquet and a Valentine’s Day greeting card. Flowers and cards can be picked up February 13 or 14 at one of two locations: at Sporteve in Culver City, Calif., or Peet’s Coffee & Tea on Main Street in Santa Monica, Calif.

Teleflora’s ASPCA will donate 20 percent of the cost of each flower bouquet purchase to animal protection organizations.

A different charity benefits from the help of Rescue Chocolate’s each month — this month, it’s the pet rescue group Furry Friends. Furry Friends has saved over 12,000 animals that were set  for euthanasia at public shelters in Northern California since 1998.  Rescue Chocolates donates 100 percent of its net profits to animal charities. They sell their products online and in retail stores in different 14 states. They have handcrafted candy bars, chocolate hearts and truffles are all-vegan and kosher available now.

The Animal Rescue Site’s now has free “Got Love?” e-cards. If you send one out, the recipient will trigger the donation of a bowl of food to a needy animal just by opening the e-card. You can send the card up to 20 people.

Curious K9 Boutique and Greenhill Humane Society are holding a Pampered Pet Valentine Day Event on Sunday, February 13 from noon to 3 p.m. For a $20 donation to the shelter, your dog will receive a nail trimming by a professional groomer, a 15 minute doggie massage by licensed massage therapist, a goodie-bag stocked with treats, a raffle for a chance to win assorted prizes and more. Light refreshments will also be available.

The event will take place at the 5th Street Public Market. All the proceeds will directly benefit Greenhill’s efforts to help homeless animals in Eugene’s Lane County community.

The Oregon Humane Society, in celebration of valentines day is having a 30 percent discount on every animal who has been at the shelter for 30 days or more. The Valentine’s Day adoption campaign runs from February 13 through February 15.

Finally, DoSomething.Org posted a recipe for Valentine’s day dog treats that you can make and drop off at a local animal shelter near you.

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