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Q: How many of you are buying Christmas presents for your pets?

December 10, 2009 | By Debra B. | 13 answers | Expired: 1742 days ago

How many of you are buying Christmas presents for your pets?

Do you have a cap on how much you plan to spend? I had read a news article that even in this recession pet owners still plan on spending money for gifts for their pets this holiday season.

Would you consider sending in a monetary donation to your local animal shelter instead of spending as much money on gifts for your pets? It is a tax write-off if the shelter/rescue is a 5013(c) and you itemize your deductions on your tax return.

Readers' Answers (13)
Denise L.
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Dec 10, 2009

I'm not buying toys, as my dogs have too many (& Brandy is getting older & not as likely to play lately). I might buy a few treats here & there. I always try to donate what I can to shelters & animal organizations (usually North Shore Animal League gets a Holiday donation from me-last year I donated as a gift for my dad & stepmother, since we had a dog from there & it's such a wonderful organization).

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Bowne
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Dec 10, 2009

I'm not buying any toys for my cat. I may get a package of treats to put under the tree. My kids like it when the cat gets a present. We have donated to an animal shelter in the past, but usually do it at other times during the year.

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Jillian
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Dec 10, 2009

i'm getting them cheapie gifts. between my cats, my boyfriends cats, our foster cats, and my dogs i have 10 animals to shop for! a big box of 60 toy mice for the cats and a toy or special treat for my pups and i'm calling it done for under $30. it seems whenever i do spend good money on a gift for any of them, they don't get into it as much as the cheapies anyway.
i was considering buying an extra box or two of mice for a local shelter, and i plan on tossing a few mice into the abandoned house on my boyfriends street for the strays.

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