By Dr. Becker
If you're interested in helping shelter pets and you also shop online, I've discovered a way for you to do both things simultaneously.
There's a website I just found out about that donates to the shelter(s) of your choice each time you buy something from any of nearly 500 participating merchants.
Check Out AdoptAShelter.com
The home page asks you to select a shelter either by location or shelter name. As soon as you do, you're ready to shop.
Shopping categories include:
Books & Magazines Diet & Fitness Pet & Vet Clothing, Shoes & Jewelry Electronics Sports & Outdoors Computer & Office Health & Beauty Tools & Auto Dating & Entertainment Home & Garden Travel Department Stores Music, Games & Movies Web & Online Tools
The list of some of the most popular online shopping sites and donation amounts includes:
Amazon.com 0.5 – 7.5% Petsmart 4% Walmart 0.5 – 2% Old Navy 0.5 – 2%
Target.com 1.5 – 2.5% eBay 0.03 – 0.11% Overstock.com 0.5 – 3.5% zazzle 1%
The Way It Works
The AdoptAShelter.com service is free to shelters, animal-related causes, and everyone who shops online through the service. According to their FAQ, AdoptAShelter™ is simply tapping into the existing Internet economy and redirecting some of the revenue generated to help animals.
When you shop through AdoptAShelter.com at one of their retail merchants, Adopt-A-Shelter™ is paid a commission. Adopt-A-Shelter™ directs 100 percent of the donation displayed on AdoptAShelter.com directly to the shelter or organization of your choice.
And it is no more expensive to shop through the AdoptAShelter.com site than if you shopped at the online merchant's site directly. The prices, customer service and discounts are exactly the same.
2012 Donations to Date
If you'd like to see how much money has been donated to shelters this year, you can visit AdoptAShelter.com's donation page.
The donation amounts aren't large… but every little bit counts for homeless pets. And the more people who shop through AdoptAShelter.com, the faster the donations will grow.
Since the AdoptAShelter.com launch August 2011, over 700 animal charities in 48 states have registered with the site.