"Give your family the gift of unconditional love that only a pet provides. Adopt a shelter dog, cat, critter, horse or farm animal. You’ll get tail wags, sloppy kisses, endless purring, lots of furry cuddles and the joy of a best friend for life!"
Kathy Warnick, President, Humane Society of Missouri
"Give your pet a pain-free 2019. Make an appointment for an evaluation at the Interactive Veterinary Pain Management Center at HSMO’s Best Buddy Center in Maryland Heights. Both you and your pet will be happy!"
Kelly Ryan, D.V.M., Director, HSMO Animal Medical Center of Mid-America
"Give a gift that gives twice – Fur-ever Friends shelter pet sponsorships help dogs and cats during their stay at the Humane Society of Missouri and sponsors can receive a plush replica and photo, biography and certificate of sponsorship of their selected shelter pet."
Holly Witzel, Shelter Manager, HSMO Headquarters Adoption Center, St. Louis City
"What pet doesn’t like toys? My favorites are those that keep your pet engaged, entertained and challenged like the PetSafe™ Bristle Bone or Kong™ fillable chew toys available at HSMO Gift Shops and pet stores everywhere."
Anne Vincent, Shelter Manager, HSMO Best Buddy Pet Center, Maryland Heights
"Do you know someone who has always wanted a horse but just didn’t have the space? Barn Buddy sponsorships let you connect with a real horse or farm animal without the time and expense of ownership. Barn Buddy sponsors can receive a plush replica, get a photo and rescue biography and can actually meet their Barn Buddy friend on a visit to Longmeadow Rescue Ranch any Friday or Saturday."
Amanda Mullen, director, HSMO Longmeadow Rescue Ranch
"Give your pet lover the gift of a happy, well-mannered dog. I recommend gifting a canine training class through the Greater St. Louis Training Club. Dogs are at their best when they understand what’s expected of them and how to fit in with your family’s routine."
Linda Campbell, Manager, HSMO Shelter Animal Behavior program
"The animal-loving kids in your life will revel in an up-close-and-personal animal experience at the week-long Kids for Critters summer camps at HSMO. Scavenger hunts, training and socializing shelter dogs and cats, observing surgery, and making pet toys are just some of the fun for kids age 6-14. A great gift from a grandparent!"
JoEllyn Klepacki, Director, HSMO Humane Education
"Shoppers at HSMO gift shops really love our K Bell™ and Laurel Burch™ dog, cat and horse-themed socks. They are very soft and comfortable. Another unique and popular gift is one of our Dean Russo™ animal portrait plaques."
Lauren Johanson, Manager, HSMO Gift Shops
Other ideas from our experts:
- For lovers of unique art: an original painting by Twister, a talented horse rescued by Longmeadow Rescue Ranch
- For your favorite teacher: a classroom subscription to Kind News by Red Rover
- For a special neighbor: offer pet-sitting or pet care for their pets
- For pet-owning friends and family: gift cards for grooming services from Kennelwood, high-quality pet food from Purina, or fresh-baked pet treats from Treats Unleashed
Of course, the best gift of all is ending animal neglect and abuse and finding loving, forever homes for all homeless animals. We are thankful for all animal lovers who help us, and all animal welfare organizations, move toward those goals every day. Happy Howlidays to pets and their people everywhere!
Jeane Jae is the VP Communications for the Humane Society of Missouri.