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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: 1575 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.

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Kelly
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Dec 19, 2009

We buy gifts for all of our babies. They usually get some new toys & treats. This year the two dogs that don't tolerate the cold well got sweatshirts so they can be more comfortable on their walks this winter. We don't spend a lot. We basically get the things we would have bought anyway. We always donate to one or a few of the rescues we work with too. A couple of the rescue groups that we work with & that help us out with our rescue animals were recently in trouble & having a hard time meeting payrolls & paying vet bills, so we donated a lot of money to them.

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Paige B.
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Dec 18, 2009

I bought each of my pets a new toy :)

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Amber
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Dec 16, 2009

i always buy at least a little something for my critters. this year i really counted on big sales to stretch my dollar. on Black Friday, PetSmart had all of their Christmas stuff 50% off. i bought for my kitties as well as my parents' and sister's dogs that day. at 14 & 1/2 years old, my dog is harder to shop for...she doesn't play with toys, rawhides and other bones are too rough on her gums. sometimes i like to treat her to some nice canned food, and i since i caught it BOGO at a local store, i got her some for xmas.

but then sometimes i shop to benefit charity. i bought my xmas cards through TheAnimalRescueSite.com, and both my mom and my mother-in-law will be getting Spay Baton Rouge sweat shirts this year, which both earned Spay Baton Rouge some $$$ and is getting them some advertising space on my and my husband's moms. :)

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L M.
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Dec 16, 2009

We usually buy a special/new food for Christmas and also a bag of toys. I check to be sure they were made in America or I won't buy them, though.

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Linda B.
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Dec 11, 2009

I usually buy my pets "gifts" like treats that they normally get anyway. But we also gifted our shelter last night. They held "Bring Christmas to the Animals" and Suzy and I took cans of dog and cat food (which they use for the sicker animals) and some new collars. We take supplies out regularly - I feel like some of these animals are extensions of my family too.

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Lilyrose
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Dec 11, 2009

I do give Harry a few Christmas presents each year. But I also make a monetary donation to our shelter several times a year.

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alicia s.
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Dec 11, 2009

Sylauren will be getting a stocking of his very own with all kinds of toys in it. He will be a well entertained kitty this christmas

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Sabrina L.
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Dec 11, 2009

Deuce will get a new toy for Christmas in his stocking. He even knows which stocking is his (LOL). I will also buy my parents puppy something to play with.

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Kris
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Dec 10, 2009

I will buy gifts for my dogs and I will spend less but also get something for Max and my brother's dogs. Their gifts will all get wrapped and put under the tree.

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Stevecat511
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Dec 10, 2009

I always buy gifts for Kittles, wrap them and put them under the tree. I also buy for my neighbor's dogs gifts. And, I always donate to the shelter. I may not be able to do much this Christmas but, they will all get something.

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