Holiday Gifts Simplified: SPCA International staff share their favorite pet-centric products.

Each year, we ask our SPCA International staff team for their favorite pet products of the year and they never cease to amaze with their incredible picks. We hope this list makes your holiday shopping just a bit easier for all the pets and pet people in your life. Enjoy!

The days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer. Having more than one dog especially can make nighttime walking a precarious activity. They may be little in size but not in shine; these lights provide extra safety for our evening strolls and make great conversation pieces too! 

Cats can be moody, but once they get their own window perch, they’ll be the happiest kitty around. Quick to set up and easy to clean, cats will love looking out the window and watching the birds and wildlife all the time. Even better? It comes with a one-year guarantee!

When traveling with a big fur-baby, this backseat dog hammock will keep pups comfortable while protecting car upholstery. Non-slip, durable, waterproof and padded, this product from Active Pets is also versatile. When not being used as a hammock, it can be folded down on the back seat and seatbelts can be threaded through. It can also be used as a cargo cover!

What could be better than The Dogist, a book by Elias Weiss filled with hundreds of dog portraits and short, fun descriptions about their personalities? The Dogist Puppies, of course! Both books are absolutely adorable and will bring plenty of smiles to anyone who flips through them!

Pet fur can frustrate even the most loving of pet parents, but the Chom Chom Roller can ease their stress. With no sticky sheets and a reusable design, this pet fur product will keep furniture and clothing pet fur-free. Great for multi-pet households and anyone with a furry friend. 

A great gift for pet parents who love to cook, this dog treat maker comes with dog-friendly recipes and makes eight bones at a time. Plus, dog treat chefs can control the ingredients, ensuring their pups get only the healthiest foods. Making homemade dog treats for holiday baskets and gifts could be a great family activity! 

Not just any dog treat, Bucket’s Biscuits were designed for a picky eater rescued through SPCA International’s Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program. Healthy and tasty, a portion of proceeds from Bucket’s Biscuits sales are donated to support SPCA International’s work rescuing pets for military members stationed overseas. 

These coats from L.L. Bean are trendy and practical for all the best winter adventures! Not only are they reversible for pooches with style, but the hassle-free design also eliminates the need to put paws through small openings. Two velcro straps and a harness/leash opening at the back of the neck make this coat easy on and easy off. It can also be machine washed and dried!

At-home pet grooming is simple and quick with this home grooming set. A couple of important features include a quiet motor so pets don’t get spooked and a rechargeable battery so getting tangled in a cord is never a worry. For the do-it-yourselfer, this set can help save hundreds of dollars a year in pet grooming costs.

Cathulhu Home for the Holidays

Do you remember Cathulhu and Sergeant Arielle? They bonded after tiny Cathulhu found her way into the barracks on a U.S. military base in Lithuania. Sergeant Arielle’s heart broke for the weak, emaciated and sick kitten, but she saved Cathulhu’s life and nursed her back to health. When it came time for Sergeant Arielle to return to the U.S. she reached out to SPCA International for help. On her own, it was impossible to get Cathulhu to her home in Florida.

Cathulhu traveled from Lithuania to Poland where her travel paperwork and veterinary requirements have been processed. She has been in good company with several other cats waiting to be reunited with the U.S. military members who saved them. We are thrilled to share that the thoughtful cats in this video are all scheduled to arrive in the U.S. during Thanksgiving week! Sergeant Arielle will be waiting at the airport in Florida to welcome Cathulhu to her forever home.

Vaccination Clinic Honors World Rabies Day

World Rabies Day brings special attention to the importance of vaccinating animals for their own health and the good of communities. Though rabies is uncommon in much of the developed world, outbreaks still affect developing countries like Tanzania.

SPCA International is proud to support TAPO (Tanzania Animal Protection Organization) and their annual World Rabies Day vaccination clinic. We are thrilled to announce that after seven years of reducing rabies cases thanks to the vaccination events, there were no recorded rabies cases in 2020 in the town of Kahama.

Despite this incredible milestone, TAPO knows their work isn’t over. They continue to offer free rabies vaccinations and deworming in addition to educational sessions about pet care and disease prevention. This year, TAPO’s World Rabies Day event reached 200 pet parents along with their 843 dogs and 70 cats.

Year after year, the event continues to encourage responsibility for pets in the local community, reducing the risk of rabies and other diseases, reducing instances of dog culling and improving the health and welfare for animals and their people.

This group is changing the way animals are treated and cared for, one animal, one person and one community at a time.

Operation Military Pets: Keeping Pets out of Shelters and With their Military Families

SPCA International is immensely proud of our Operation Military Pets program, which helps alleviate the cost incurred by military families bringing their furry family members to new duty stations. With bills often reaching into the thousands, Operation Military Pets helps ease this financial burden on the families that bravely serve our country.

Clyde is just one of many animals who made it to their family’s next duty station with the help of Operation Military Pets. This is what his soldier has to say about the program.

“SPCA International does wonderful things for pets worldwide, and for us, they helped ensure our furry family member would be able to make the journey with us to the UK. […] the gesture of support at a time when we feel we are going it alone despite being required to move, has been an absolute blessing. We are grateful for their fabulous communication, their offers of kindness and support, and their willingness to help military members in an already stressful move process to make it just a bit easier.”

It cost Clyde’s family over $4,500 to get him to the U.K. In case you are wondering, these are the expenses that added up:

  • cargo bill $1,688
  • sky kennel $255
  • domestic rental car and hotel costs to get to the pet departure airport $800
  • UK pet broker $713
  • UK customs fees $571
  • veterinary bills $253.
  • hotel pet fees in the U.S. and during quarantine in the U.K. $250

Thank you to everyone who has donated to SPCA International’s programs in support of soldiers and their pets. Through Operation Military Pets, SPCA International will continue to lessen the burden on military families who already sacrifice so much for our country. You can learn more about Operation Military Pets here.

Cathulhu the Kitty is Safe

Sergeant Arielle didn’t know if the tiny, starving kitten she found would make it. Today, that kitten is the beloved Cathulhu. These two now have an unbreakable bond, and thanks to many generous SPCA International supporters, they’ll be reunited soon in the U.S.

The Sergeant’s hands were tied by military regulations that don’t allow pets on official military transport. So, as her deployment came to a close, she reached out for help getting Cathulhu to her home in the U.S.

Thankfully, Cathulhu is now safe in our care. She is receiving her vaccinations and her travel paperwork is being processed. Cathulhu should be cleared for travel by early November; then, she will reunite with Sergeant Arielle.

We expect that Cathulhu will live a long and happy life with Sergeant Arielle. These two will be forever grateful to everyone who helped provide for Cathulhu’s rescue and travel to the U.S.

Pet Rescue Pilots: Rescuing by Relocation

Julian Javor, founder of Pet Rescue Pilots has been “Rescuing by Relocation” since 2017. Based in California, where tens of thousands of pets are euthanized in shelters each year, Julian and his team fly animals in danger of euthanasia to shelters that have forever families waiting to adopt.

A true labor of love, Pet Rescue Pilots rarely turns down the chance to help animals in need. They have stepped in to fly lost pets to their homes several states away, helping families reunite with animals they thought were lost forever. They have also been an incredible partner to SPCA International, assisting with domestic and international rescue missions and relocations.

Pet Rescue Pilots has become a valuable partner for many other animal welfare organizations in our network. They recently transported 30 dogs from an overcrowded shelter in California to one of our partners in Canada. There, shelter staff quickly began coordinating the placement of these pets into their new forever homes.

On a recent rescue mission, Pet Rescue Pilots transported at-risk dogs from California to Canada

SPCA International is excited to announce that we will be sponsoring an upcoming Pet Rescue Pilots flight, saving pets from euthanasia and ensuring they are placed in safe and loving forever homes.

Veterinary Supply Aid: Supplies that Save Lives

Of SPCA International’s programs, Veterinary Supply Aid is one of the biggest. This program operates year-round, collecting supply donations from manufacturers, distributors and veterinary clinics in North America and shipping them to animal welfare groups in countries throughout the world.

Veterinary Supply Aid reaches shelters and rescue groups in dire need of supplies to ease pain, keep animals healthy and ultimately save lives. Each shipment is unique, but they typically include veterinary supplies such as syringes, catheters and gauze; personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks and aprons; and medications such as pain relievers, antiparasitic medications and antibiotics.

Despite the straight-forward nature of this program, the logistics are anything but simple. Each country requires different types of permits, and some prohibit certain types of supplies. COVID-19 supply chain issues meant many recent shipments took longer than usual to move through customs or had to be rerouted entirely to ensure no supplies went to waste. Thankfully, most ports of entry are now operating normally, and supplies are reaching their destinations where they can be used for the animals who need care.

This is one example of a recent shipment sent to Sintang Orangutan Center in Indonesia.

Putnam County SPCA

SPCA International has been proudly supporting Putnam County SPCA since 2011 through our Shelter Support Fund program. Putnam County SPCA is an independent charitable organization that has been granted police powers to enforce animal cruelty statutes. Their work is critically important and includes investigating situations of animal cruelty and enforcing animal cruelty laws.

Though not a shelter, Putnam County SPCA provides a 24-hour cruelty hotline for community members to report suspected cases of animal cruelty, and they often care for animals for extended periods of time while court cases are ongoing.

In addition to rescuing animals from cruelty, Putnam County SPCA also helps build a safer county for animals through humane education. Officers provide education at local schools to ensure students know how to treat animals and how to identify instances of animal cruelty in their communities.

Wildlife Ambulance Funded by SPCA International Helps Save Lives

SPCA International is proud to have supported the purchase of a Wildlife Ambulance that has already rescued hundreds of animals in Western Australia. The ambulance is managed by the Wildlife Rescue Team at WA (Western Australia) Wildlife. The ambulance was made possible by the generosity of the SPCA International community and is making incredible rescues like these every day.

Kangaroo Mum and Joey Rescue Video

Fox Rescue Video

After being rescued by the Wildlife Rescue Team, animals are brought to the state-of-the-art WA Wildlife Hospital where they receive the best treatment possible. Check out the virtual hospital tour here: WA Wildlife Hospital – YouTube.

Thank you to every single SPCA International supporter who helped make the Wildlife Ambulance a reality.

17 Dogs Being Rescued Ahead of CDC Ban

Socks and Stoly are just two of the seventeen dogs in the Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide program who were brought to the U.S. before July 14th. All of these pups were at risk of being stuck overseas when the CDC announced its decision to ban dogs from over 100 countries from traveling into the U.S. beginning July 14th. These new regulations are being put in place due to forged rabies certificates from people trying to profit from dog sales. Unfortunately, the ban also affects legitimate animal rescue organizations like SPCA International and our many partner organizations.

Socks and Stoly have made it safely to New York and we are now arranging their ground transportation to Colorado where their soldier anxiously awaits their arrival. Thank you to every person who contributed to help rescue these two lucky pups and fifteen others.

SPCA International is committed to continuing to help U.S. service members rescue the pups they befriend while deployed overseas. Going forward our Operation Baghdad Pups: Worldwide rescue missions might take longer but we are dedicated to bringing our service members’ patriot pets home.