Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

I always like to shop for products that support a cause, especially for gifts. And one of the best pet charities that I support is right in our own backyard – the North Shore Animal League ( just outside of the city. It’s the largest no-kill shelter in the world that helps critters from all around the country, not just our region. So, whenever I need to get a housewarming or a hostess present, I click on the site to pick up something that will bring a smile to a friend’s face, both the human and furry kind. And the gift doesn’t have to go to a pet owning home to make an impression.

This is the time for parties, and lots of cork popping. Perfect for these occasions are the realistically resin sculpted and hand-painted Animal Bottle Stoppers, the perfect hostess, congratulations, or thank you gift for any celebration. There are over 265 dog breeds and 14 cat designs to choose from. Order early as they take 1-2 weeks for shipping.

The perfect addition to any kitchen is the cute Curious Cat Timer. Poor patient kitty, he will never get his paws on the cheeky sunbathing mouse! Use this clever sixty-minute timer to help with cooking or exercise. Or get the Doghouse Timer for those times when the kid’s are figuratively in the doghouse and need a time-out. This clever timer is available in over 15 realistically sculpted and hand-painted breeds. Decorated with raised dog bones and a little red doghouse that rotates for up to one hour.

Everyone serves pie, whether it is the apple or cherry variety, or the New York favorite … pizza pie! So you have to have the handy a pie server like one of the Critter Cake Servers. This narrow-nosed server surely takes the cake with a combination of whimsical style married with practical function. Also useful for soft cheeses at your next wine and cheese gathering. The curly tail is great for hanging until his services are once again rendered. In delectable colors like Pink Swirl, Copper Swirl, Blue Confetti and Red/White Geometric.

Visit the North Shore Animal League for more gift ideas at

Originally published December 2009
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