Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

Who says charity can’t be fun, fashionable and self-promotional? Show your philanthropic spirit with some playful attire, and save some innocent animals at the same time.

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Who’s Your Daddy? tees feature Jake, a final contestant in the World’s Ugliest Dog contest, and a mascot for The Humane Society’s Stop Puppy Mills campaign. Sadly, cute Jake spent nine ugly years imprisoned as a stud dog in a puppy mill. Jake is one of the lucky ones as he has found a loving home. For more information on puppy mills, go to www.StopPuppyMills.org. To purchase the t-shirt, go to the Humane Society’s online store the Humane Domain at hsus.petfulfillment.com

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Real Heroes Don’t Fight Dogs tees speak to the misguided heroes on and off the playing field who have been involved with cruel dog fighting. The retro heather t-shirt comes in a unisex fit and is the perfect way to spread the word against this travesty. For more information about the cruel practice of dog fighting, visit www.HumaneSociety.org/cruelty. The t-shirt can be yours from the Humane Domain at hsus.petfulfillment.com

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The quirky Dog Charm Necklace with its trio of popular dog phrases — Dog Lover, Dogs Rule, and Top Dog — captures the mantras of dog ownership. Each dog tag is individually handcrafted in pewter by a Michigan artisan. Get the non-lead charms and the silver chain from www.nsalamerica.org, the North Shore Animal League online store.

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Turtles On a Log is a must get onesie sure to keep baby comfortable and cozy. Featuring turtles lazily sunning themselves on a log, the original artwork was lovingly created in watercolor by accomplished Indiana artist Ann Fairchild, who individually signs each garment. Get this and three other designs at www.aspca.org.

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Sleeps with dogs and proud of it! This comfy Sleeps with Dogs sleep shirt showcases happy pooches as they wag their tails and help you catch your Z’s. It’s packaged in an adorable gift bag from the North Shore Animal League America, the world’s largest no-kill shelter. www.nsalamerica.org.

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Designed by Delia Seaman, owner of L.A. boutiques Delia and Vionnet, PETA’s glamorous, limited-edition I Am Not A Nugget tank is all the rage. If you get this super-soft, hand-cut tank, you’ll join the ranks of celebrities like Pink, Famke Janssen and Jessica Biel. Go to www.peta.org/shop.asp.

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Perfect for every pet lover who likes to cook, the Everything Tastes Better with Cat Hair aprons offer protection against spills while adding a touch of humor to your kitchen. At least your dinner guests will be forewarned about the food they’ll be eating. Purchase at the ASPCA online store www.aspca.org.

Originally published September 2007
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