Charity for Cats this Christmas

Don your ugly holiday sweater or watch a funny cat video. These events and fundraisers make it a jolly, generous way to support cat shelters.

It’s the season of giving and many organizations are extending their generosity to cats and other pets, too. Here’s how you can get involved. (Click names for more information.)

Bonus! Watch Grumpy Cat and friends in a music video that supports cat shelters >>

Ugly holiday sweaters are a Christmas standard. St. Louis-based Ugly Holiday Sweater TEASE offers a line of them in T-shirt form and pairs them with matching women’s briefs and men’s boxer shorts. All profits are donated to the Animal Protective Association of Missouri (APA), a nonprofit organization that provides shelter and care for homeless dogs and cats, adoption services, a veterinary clinic, lost-and-found assistance and education and outreach. Orders must be placed by Dec. 17.

Halo &
Ellen DeGeneres’ pet food company, Halo, Purely for Pets, and are teaming up to deliver 500,000 meals to shelter pets across the United States. 2013 Kibble Drop cities include Nashville, Tenn.; Washington, D.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; Philadelphia; Greenwich, Conn.; New York, N.Y.; Wichita, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and Bend, Ore.

BISSELL Partners for Pets
For 12 consecutive days starting Dec. 9, one randomly selected BISSELL Partners for Pets Facebook fan will get to choose a Partners for Pets shelter to receive a $1,000 grant as part of its Hope for the Holidays promotion. Partners for Pets organizations strive to find forever homes for shelter and rescue pets.

Tree House Humane Society The Cat’s Pajamas
Chicago cat lovers can ring in the new year while helping the Tree House Humane Society, a cageless, no-kill shelter that specializes in the rescue and rehabilitation of sick, injured, abused and neglected stray cats and provides low-cost spay/neuter and wellness services for cats and dogs. The Cat’s Pajamas, their special New Year’s celebration, will take place at Room 13, an authentic speakeasy hidden below the Old Chicago Inn in the Lakeview neighborhood. The event will include live music by jazz/blues pianist Vince Willis; a midnight toast; caviar, gourmet chocolates and speakeasy-era hors d’eouvres, including vegan selections; and an open bar with premium Prohibition-era cocktails. Guests can upgrade and include a night’s stay at the Old Chicago Inn (complete with a special Tree House kitty add-on). All inn guests will receive a New Year’s survival kit and breakfast on New Year’s day.

Wellness Pet Food’s You Click, We Donate
Wellness Pet Food’s You Click, We Donate campaign benefits the Cat House on the Kings Cat Sanctuary & Adoption Center and the Green Chimneys Farm & Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, nonprofits that support animal causes. To participate, visit and select the You Click We Donate tab. “Like” the page and Wellness will donate $1 on your behalf. Pet lovers also can access the campaign directly at the link above.  The event runs through Jan. 16, 2014.

These are just a few options for helping pets this season. For more ideas, contact your local shelter or animal-welfare organization.

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