How to Help Animals This Season (& Every Season)!!

With November behind us and Christmas and other holidays coming up, a lot of people wonder what they can do to help others in need.

Well, for all you animal people out here, here are some great ideas to help some animals in need. I’ll discuss charities both far and near and other ideas you can do without any charity in mind!!

1.) What a better place to start than our own CHEW ON THIS DOG BARKERY!! At our store we are doing our Annual Towel Drive through all of December. While stopping and shopping remember to drop off your gently used blankets and towels. We then turn and donate the blankets & towels to various local shelters in need. For being so kind you will get a $5 off a $40 or more purchase at our store.

2.) Pet pictures with Santa will be held at Animal Clinic at New Lenox to benefit TLC Animal Shelter in Homer Glen. These pictures will take place on Saturday December 5th and Saturday December 12th from 9am – 2pm. Check out the flyer below for more details:

Pictures with Santa

3.) The 6th Annual International Subaru Pet Adoption Event will be benefiting P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park. Come on out to International Subaru of Tinley Park on Sunday December 6 from 11am – 2pm for lots of holiday fun. The fun includes (but isn’t limited to) free dog tag engraving, complimentary lunch, complimentary hot chocolate (with a souviner mug) & free pet goodie bags. A pet microchipping service will also be there and available to those who attend. There is also a raffle going on entitled “Stuff the Trunk”. To be registered for International Subaru’s holiday raffle all you have to do is bring one item from P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park’s wish list. For lots more information please check out this flyer:


4.) On Sunday December 13 at 12pm, All About Music & Children’s Theatre in Mokena is having their 2nd Annual Caroling for the Critters Christmas Recital. Students from All About Music will be performing Christmas music in a variety of settings with voice, flute, guitar and piano. You can meet the adoptable animals of Cache Creek Animal Rescue in between performances. Admission is $8 or any item off of Cache Creek Animal Rescue’s wishlist. All the proceeds will benefit Cache Creek.

In addition to this event, Cache Creek has “Doggone Good Cooking” cookbooks available for purchase. All profits made from the cookbook will benefit Cache Creek build a new, safer shelter for the animals. The price of the cookbook is $10. For more information please email the shelter at


5.) How cool is it to bring your dog to a dog pool party?! If that wasn’t cool enough; how about bringing your dog to a dog pool party in WINTER?! Club K9 at the Ranch is hosting a dog pool party on Saturday December 12 to benefit Lulu’s Locker Rescue. It’s $25 per dog and all the proceeds will benefit this amazing rescue. There are three time slots available and it’s online presale only. To buy tickets and get more information please visit

You can also purchase or gift some tasty, organic wine via and their animals benefit!! Each variety features a Lulu’s Locker animal. Drinking wine and helping animals at the same time?! I’m signed up!!


6.) Send a care package to a military combat dog. There are several ways to do this including: monetary donations to military dog non-profits (they will buy the products they see best fit with your donation), specific monetary donations (you give them money and tell them what to buy with your donation) or you can put your own package together and mail it directly to a Military Working Dog Team or teams who are deployed. If you choose the last option it is important to contact the organization directly so they can verify who you are before they send you information on doggie troops. Different organizations to do this through include: The US War Dogs Association Inc. (, Support Military Working Dogs (, or Military Working Dog Team Support Association ( Please visit those links on what requirements each association and how to help.

7.) AntiCruelty Society in Chicago has a feral trap, neuter and return program. They encourage and support actions to minimize the problem of free-roaming, abandoned and feral cats. If you have lots of feral cats around you (this often times is common in the city and farm areas) you are able to trap the cats and bring them in to get spayed or neutered FREE OF CHARGE to help reduce the homeless cat population. You can also give them vaccinations for $15 a cat. For more information please visit

8.) There are so many more things everyone can do to help animals in need during the holidays and always. Amazon has a program called where you can choose a charity (PAWS of Tinley Park, Lulu’s Locker and more are options) and a portion of every item you buy is donated to the charity of your choice. This is a super easy way to help animals in need. If you’re like me and do most of your Christmas shopping online, you can help animals just buy purchasing your Christmas presents!!

Any charity you like or want to help more you can visit their website and most will have a wishlist of items. If you just purchase an item off of their wishlist and bring it to them that will help more than you know.

If you like the idea of helping feral cats there are several DIY tutorials online on how to build an outside cat house to help keep them warm in the winter. The coolest one I saw just had the structure of a storage bin you can buy at Target or Walmart!!

Always reach out to your favorite local shelter (or Chew on This associate!) and anyone will be more than happy to help you help animals!!

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