Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

With the holidays upon us, it’s the perfect time to get in touch with people who we don’t get to see on a regular basis. Like a favorite aunt who used to heap an extra slice of cake on your plate, or a rascally uncle who never failed to slip you a ten-dollar bill when you were in college. Forget about sending them an email message, go ahead and send a real actual card that they can display on their mantle. Here are a few stationary ideas for your holiday party invitation, thank you card for a wonderful present, or a note card to accompany your hostess gift.

Instead of visiting the Post Office to get stamps, go to their online store at http://www.shop.usps.com and pick up a lovely set of Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet Notecards. This is a set of 10 Notecards featuring artwork from the 44-cent Animal Rescue: Adopt a Shelter Pet special stamps. So if you get both the cards and the stamps, you can send out perfectly matched stationery! The pets depicted on the stamps and cards were photographed by Sally Andersen-Bruce near her home in Connecticut, all had been homeless at one time but have been adopted since they were photographed.

You can find the most adorable cards at http://www.polkadotdesign.com and what makes them so appealing is that you are able to customize your designs. Create unique cards with a cheeky pet-themed twist. Your online order with Polka Dot Design includes a free color proof usually ready in only one business day. And your cards will get to you in a mere 2 days after that. Go online to order or call 1-877-816-0884

Let your friends and relatives know that you care about animals with ASPCA (www.aspca.org) holiday cards. You can get their new 2010 designs or last year’s exclusive designs that feature ASPCA alumni – dogs and cats who were rescued as strays, saved or transferred from other shelters. Each box contains 16 cards, envelopes and silver seals embossed with the ASPCA logo and a brief heartwarming bio on the back of the card. You have your choice of all cats, all dogs or mixed. Best of all, proceeds go to support the ASPCA’s amazing work. Visit http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com

So send a card, and save a life and let everyone know your soft spot for animals.

Originally published December 2010
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