Metro Pets

By Sharon Gomes Thomas

It’s easy to shop when you know that some of your dollars will go to a good cause. Your new purchases will not only make you or your pooch look good, but it’ll make you feel good as well. A brand that is contributing to worthy animal organizations is Joe Boxer. Pick up a cute collar for Fido at Or a cuddly limited edition teddy bear, the Joe Boxer Alaska Bear.

Joe Boxer is an active sponsor of the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center ( that provides refuge for orphaned or injured wild animals. Back in September 2004 Joe Boxer adopted a young, male cub, who was left stranded in the Alaska wilderness, after his mother was shot by poachers. The brand provides for the daily upkeep of the bear, who will eventually be released into the wild once he is old enough.

For more information, contact
Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center
Mile 79 Seward Highway
Portage Glacier, Alaska
Phone: 907.783.2025
Fax: 907.783.2370

Last year, my good friend Justine inherited a fur coat from her grandmother. It was a lovely garment, but Justine is a vegetarian and a strong animal rights advocate. Like celebrity Drew Barrymore, my pal won’t even wear leather. Not wanting to insult her grandmother’s memory, she didn’t want to just give the coat away – she wanted it to make a difference. She donated her fur coat to Coats For Cubs. The Fur-Free Campaign of The Humane Society of The United States ( collects fur and fur-trimmed garments for donation to wildlife rehabilitators, who use the furs constructively to provide warmth and comfort to the injured or orphaned animals under their care. The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a bobcat, fox, raccoon, squirrel, or rabbit, and placed inside the animal’s enclosure. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort. For more information click on

Email, or call 301-258-3109

The HSUS accepts all fur apparel, fur trims, and fur accessories (such as hats, gloves, and muffs). Donating is easy: Place your fur in a sturdy box (a large padded envelope is fine for small items) and mail it to The HSUS at the following address:

The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20037
Attn: Coats for Cubs

There have been innumerable times when I’ve had dessert and wished those calories didn’t count. To make your indulgence a little less guilty, get an ice cream creation from Cold Stone Creamery. They support the Wild Horse Ranch Rescue ( which saves horses from abuse, neglect, slaughter and premature death and provide a safe place for them to live for the remainder of their lives.

Wildhorse Ranch Rescue
P.O. Box 415
Gilbert, AZ 85299-0415
Tel: 480- 926-8007 & 866-926-8007

Originally published October 2006
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