Holiday pet gifts that give back

December 15, 2016

Christmas is a wonderful time to give back. It is the season of giving, after all. You may have a list of charities that you donate to this time of year (or all year round) but wouldn’t it be nice to also give back while doing your holiday shopping? For the pets and pet lovers on your holiday shopping list, we found just the thing – PawZaar!

PawZaar is a lovely, unique online store selling beautiful items from all over the world perfect for dog lovers or cat lovers. The best part about it, however, is that ten per cent of the proceeds from all PawZaar products go to benefit a shelter or rescue partner on a weekly basis. PawZaar selects a rescue or shelter nominated by a member of the community each week, giving many shelters and rescues the opportunity to benefit from your shopping – and giving you the opportunity to truly feel good about your purchase.

Where did this idea come from exactly? The story begins with the founders of PawZaar, a talented husband and wife team named Paris Permenter and John Bigley. Paris and John have spent decades working as travel writers (possibly the greatest job ever), penning guidebooks for destinations all over the world.

One of Paris and John’s favourite parts about travelling was seeing the local crafts and markets. One of their other favourite parts about travelling was meeting cats and dogs all over the world that were just as loving and affectionate as their pets back home.

Soon enough, the couple thought to combine their love of pets and travel. With this idea, dogtipper and cattipper was born in 2008. They soon took it one step further and created PawZaar, bringing together the local artisan crafts they fell in love with and helping pets in need. Given the couple’s background, they had established contacts that were then able to connect them with incredible artisans, bringing to PawZaar handicrafts of special interest to pet lovers. Pretty great, right?

So what’s for sale? Some really beautiful things! From jewellery to apparel to baking accessories, PawZaar has no shortage of options. Check out some examples below!

This “my dog rescued me” bracelet is beautiful, handmade in Mexico and Fair Trade. It’s also made from sterling silver and copper, an excellent quality purchase that can be enjoyed for many years to come.

These handmade cat toys made from hand-loomed Guatemalan textiles and stuffed with certified organic catnip are perfect for cats and cat lovers. Even better than the adorable design is the families you’ll help with your purchase. A group of women from a handcrafting cooperative on the outskirts of Guatemala City make these and other products on their looms. From the sale of these products, the income has helped to establish a school, a pharmacy and a bakery for the 80 artisans and their families who live and work there. A portion of all purchases of this toy goes towards this cooperative.

For the pet lover in your life who can’t choose between cats and dogs, try this bracelet combo – one of the most popular products on the website! No need to pick one or the other, they can proudly show off their love of both.

We would love to hear from you! Are you planning to purchase some of the lovely items on PawZaar’s site? Tell us about it on our Facebook page! Happy shopping!

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