Buy Charity Gifts & Cards At Online Animal Charity Shops

Introduction

Whenever you need a gift or card for someone, you can buy fundraising charity gifts and charity cards direct from animal charities and rescues. That way your purchases help save animals from suffering.

A huge amount of money is spent by the public on greetings cards and gifts every year. If people bought charity cards and charity gifts direct from animal charities, an enormous number of animals could be saved from suffering. Sadly, only a tiny fraction do.

Even when people buy products sold in regular high street shops that claim to be charity cards and charity gifts, often only a small percentage of each sale is given to charity. It is always best to buy direct from animal charities themselves, either from their high street charity shops, or from their official online charity shops. Many animal charities also run fundraising auctions and sales of items on social media.

On this page, you will find a list of online animal charity shops. In them, you can find fundraising charity cards, gifts, merchandise, and other items.

In addition there is a link to a Facebook group where you will find lots of auctions, “buy it now” sales, and other fundraising events run by different animal rescues.

Our own fundraising store also has a range of greetings cards, gifts, and other items.

Image: Just a few of the gifts in our fundraising store, sold to help animals.

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All year round I visit animal charity shops, both in the high street and online. When I see suitable gifts for people, I buy them and keep them until they are needed. I do the same with items I buy from the online auctions and ”Buy It Now” sales, run by animal rescues on Facebook.

Below: A collection of new and used items from animal charity shops, and online animal rescue sales and auctions, to give as gifts.

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This means I have everyone’s presents are ready when Christmas, birthdays, or other special occasions come around. It’s far preferable to having to rush around at the last minute!

I always tell the recipient of the gift that the best thing about their present is that the money went towards helping animals in need. They seem happy with that.

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High street and online Animal charity shops often sell their own range of brand new charity gifts, cards and other products. They regularly have sale and clearance items where you can grab bargains.

Online auctions and sales in aid of animals in need have all sorts of fabulous things on offer. They are a mixture of brand new, pre-loved, and uniquely hand crafted items. Buying multiple items from each auction or sale so that postage costs can be combined means many bargains can be had, all while helping animals.

Some animal charities sell items through eBay For Charity. eBay charges them a small amount for every item sold. Items sold in their official eBay shop usually receive 100% of the profit. In addition, anyone can sell items using ebay For Charity. they can give anything between 10% and 100% of the profit their item makes to their chosen animal charity. The percentage they have chosen will be stated on the listing.

Image: eBay For Charity

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Never A Waste When It Helps Animals

If you buy a charity gift or card for someone and they don’t like it, it still could never be considered a waste of money, because 1) The money it cost helped stop animal abuse and suffering 2) The gift can be donated to an animal rescue or charity so it can make money to help animals for a second time. So in that respect, you could even say it is good if it’s unwanted!

People sometimes feel guilty about donating unwanted gifts to charity, as they feel that it seems ungrateful. I combat that guilt by thinking that the greatest gift that can be given to me is to know that animals are being saved from cruelty with the things I donate.

Not donating these items leads to the worst thing that can happen to unwanted gifts: they languish in cupboards or drawers, eventually becoming unusable and worthless.

Image: Don’t let your unwanted gifts degrade in the back of a cupboard or drawer, when they could be used to save animals from cruelty and suffering.

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To prevent your unwanted gifts facing this terrible fate, donate them to animal charities or animal rescue organisations promptly. The better condition they are in when you donate them, the more money they will sell for, and the more good they will do for animals in need. Plus, your house will be less cluttered.

See the Donate Stuff page for how (among other things) you can de-clutter your home and help save animals from cruelty at the same time.

If everybody who has unwanted gifts in their homes right now, donated them to help animals, an enormous number of innocent animals could be saved from abuse and suffering.

You could donate your unwanted presents to animal charities for them to fund raise with, or to one of the online auctions or sales on Facebook which benefit animal rescues.

Image: An animal charity using donated unwanted gifts as tombola prizes on a fundraising stall.

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Do Not Be Mislead

There are posts circulating on social media that typically show t-shirts or accessories for sale that display slogans which appeal to those passionate about animal rescue and stopping animal cruelty. Such posts are happy to give the impression that the sale of their products helps animals in need. However, if you look further into it, they often do not actually say that, and, in fact, none of the money goes to animal charities or rescues.

Their information might say things such as “help animals by wearing this t-shirt”. That does not necessarily mean any money from the sale of it helps animals, they may just mean spreading the message on it might help.

Sometimes they will be vague and say that the sale of their product helps animals in need, but if you cannot find anything about exactly how much goes towards helping animals, it is likely it is a minute amount.

Image: An example of a T-shirt that may give the impression some of the money goes to help animals.

In supermarkets and high street shops, products can claim to be charity products even if they donate only a small fraction of each sale to charity. This happens a lot with Christmas and holiday cards, but also with many other products.

Companies make their items fund raising products as a marketing strategy. It is good PR for the company and it boosts sales of their product, making them more money overall. It is true that large amounts of money can be made for charity if enough of the product is sold, but it is nothing compared to how much money it has made the company.

Image: The Charities Advisory table showing the highest and lowest contributions made by high street store charity cards sold in October 2010. 

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The charity receives far more money per item when you purchase charity gifts and cards direct from the charities themselves – up to 100%. You can do this at the official websites of the animal charities or rescues, at their high street charity shops, or through social media sales and auctions in aid of the charity.

To visit online animal charity shops, see the “List Of Online Animal Charity Shops” section of this page.

Always check how much of your money the charity will actually receive. Through their official shops, either online or in the high street, they will always get more.

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What Are Charity Admin Costs?

Administrative costs are how much it costs to run the charity. This includes things such as fundraising costs, advertising costs, and any staff costs.

Without the charity using some funds to generate more, virtually no funds would be raised. The organisation must, however, try to spend the minimum to get the maximum return.

Image: By UK law, charities are required to provide their financial information to The Charity Commission. 

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Many of the online animal charity shops listed on this page are staffed by volunteers, so no money from the sale of items goes towards paying staff. In others, differing portions of funds will go to the people staffing the shop (admin costs).

Many animal charities run their own online charity shops and produce their own items to sell. Others out-source to companies who do it for them. This is a service the charities are charged for. They do this to cut down on their own admin costs, but it means they also lose out on some profits, as not all the money from items sold goes to them.

The vast majority of the auctions and sales for animals, run on Facebook, are managed by volunteers, so 100% goes to the charity.

Find out the admin costs of charities in England and Wales, and other information about them through The Charity Commission, here. Requiring charities to provide their financial information is necessary to try to prevent dishonesty and bad management within charities.

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Where Can I Buy Charity Cards And Gifts?

National animal charity shops on the UK high street often have their own range of brand new merchandise, so are a good place to buy charity gifts and charity cards.

Image: High Street animal charity shop, the PDSA, which stocks a mixture of new and used items.

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Charity gifts and charity cards can often be found in the fundraising stores of animal charity websites. See the list of online animal charity shops here.

Image: Some examples of the kind of new items you might find in animal charity website fundraising gift shops.

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Auctions, sales, and other fundraising events are held on social media, and are a good place to buy charity gifts and cards. New items, hand crafted items, and pre-loved items that people have donated, are sold. Anyone, anywhere, can donate items to these fundraising events. See the Donate Stuff page for how to do it.

Some animal charities sell items through eBay For Charity. New and used items are often sold this way, and charity gifts and cards can be found.

If you want to, you can sell items in aid of animal charities on “eBay For Charity” yourself. You can give your chosen animal charity between 10% and 100% of the profit you make when you sell an item. See here for how.

Image: eBay For Charity

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There is a link to many online fundraising events held by different animal charities on Facebook, here.

You can buy gifts and cards in our fundraising store. Choose from a large number of greetings cards, as well as many unique gifts and hand made items. 25% of the net profits go to help animal rescues and charities stop animal cruelty.

Image: Items in our fundraising store

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Find even more – and different – charity gifts and cards in the online animal charity shops listed in the section below. In the section below that, visit auctions and sales on Facebook in aid of animal rescues and charities.

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Want Products Not Tested On Animals Only?

If you want to make sure you do not buy products owned by companies that fund animal testing or support animal cruelty, the Cruelty-Free Shopping page can help.

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List Of Online Animal Charity Shops

For when you are looking for presents to buy people, or just want to treat yourself, you will find a good choice of animal charity gifts, charity greetings cards, and other merchandise at the online animal charity stores below. Some ship worldwide.

Your money is NEVER wasted when it is helping to save animals from cruelty and suffering.

Also worth a mention – although it is not a charity – is the Crafting To Give website. They sell handmade crafts, including personalised items, and donate all profits to supporting animal rescues and charities.You can also find them on Facebook, here.

Online Animal Charity Shops:

Hillside Animal Sanctuary Online Charity Gift & Merchandise Shop

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PeTA) UK Shop

PeTA US Based Online Animal Gift & Merchandise Catalogue

Animals Asia Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Animal Aid Online Gift & Merchandise Shop
All products in the Animal Aid shop are vegan, fair trade, contain no animal derived ingredients and are not tested on animals. Amongst other items, the Shop sells chocolates & confectionery, wine, cruelty-free perfumes, toiletries, and household cleaners. they are not a registered charity, but fund raise to help stop animal suffering.

Viva Online Gift & Merchandise Shop
The Viva Shop includes cruelty-free vegan makeup / cosmetics, toiletries, food, chocolates & sweets.

American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Store

Humane Society US Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Blue Cross Online Animal Gift & Merchandise Shop

World Animal Protection (formerly WSPA) Gift & Merchandise Shop

Dogs Trust Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Shop

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Celia Hammond Animal Trust Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Bransby Home of Rest for Horses Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

NAWT Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Greyhound Gap Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Mayhew Animal Home & Humane Education Centre Shop

Greyhounds In Need Gift & Merchandise Shop

Wood Green Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Compassionate Dorset Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Gift & Merchandise Shop

Donkey World Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Captive Animals Protection Society (CAPS)Shop

Worldwide Veterinary Service Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Cats Protection League Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Give A Greyhound A Home (GAGAH) Gift & Merchandise Shop

Aspinall Foundation (Animal Conservation Shop)

Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Greyhounds Rescue Fife Gift & Merchandise Shop

Dr Hadwen Trust for Humane Research Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine (PCRM) Shop

Humane Research Trust Online Gift & Card Shop

Animal Helpline Merchandise & Gift Shop

People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

British Horse Society Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

The Animal Rescue Site Online Gift & Merchandise Shop

Compassion In World Farming Online Gift & Merchandise Shop
(£1 from the sale of each item goes to the charity)

Friends Of Animals Online Gift & Merchandise Shop
(At least 20% from items purchased goes to Friends Of Animals)

WWF UK Online Animal Gift & Merchandise Shop
CAUTION: WWF approve of trophy hunting, and use donations to fund “wildlife management”, which is the culling of wild animals.

Royal Society For Protection of Birds (RSPB) Shop
CAUTION: RSPB use donations to fund “wildlife management”, which is the culling of wild animals.

Image Examples of some of the items you may find in online charity shops

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Animal Charity Auctions & Sales

Many animal rescues and animal charities hold online fundraising events on Facebook. You can help animals at the same time as having fun through these events, or by finding items in the sales and auctions they hold. You can buy gifts for friends and family members birthdays and for Christmas, you can buy things for yourself. Some people buy things and re-donate them to the same or other animal rescue charities, in order to help raise more money to help animals.

In the Facebook group, ANIMAL RESCUE AUCTIONS And Other Events NOW ON!, many animal charities and rescues post their fundraising auctions, sales, and other events. In these auctions and sales, many charity gifts and cards can be found.

In the group Auctions & Sales ONLY To Help Animals, you will find just auctions and buy it now sales you can buy from and help animals at the same time.

Image: Animal Rescue Auctions group on Facebook

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You need to have a Facebook account to take part in the events listed.

Also, in order to purchase items, you usually need to join the individual fundraising groups.  If you cannot see how to join, comment on the post to ask.

What Are The Rules?

The auctions have different rules, so please read the rules for each auction,. These can usually be found in the “About” or “Files” section of the group, and at other times on the “Pinned Post” (the top post on the page). This may sound daunting, but if you are unsure or confused, you can simply comment to ask and someone will help you.

Some of the differences in rules are, for example, that some auction
pages have all items ending at the same time, others have individual
items on the same page ending a certain number of days after the first
bid on that item, and others allow the first acceptable bid to win.
Some like bids in auctions to be in increments of 50p, others have other rules.

How Are They Set Out?

Some auctions and sales may have links to clearly labelled ‘photo albums’ showing their items, This makes it easy and quick to look through the items. Others may just need you to scroll through the items on the main page of the group. It can be confusing at first, but stick with it, as it is worth it : )

There are also other fund raising events on some of these pages, such as raffles and scratch cards.

Are They New Or Used Items?

It varies between events. The majority of items are new or unused, but there are also lightly used items.

Do The Auctions / Sales Run All The Time?

The auctions where the items all start and end at the same time take a while to set up, and to sort out at the end. This means that sometimes you will find the auction pages are ‘between auctions’.

Some ‘Buy It Now’ sales also have set start and end times, but many are ongoing. Auctions where the individual items all start and end at different times can also be ongoing.  These are often referred to as rolling auctions.

Additional Online Auctions/Sales In Aid of Animals:

There are also items auctioned in aid of animal charities and rescues on Ebay For Charity.

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Raise Money For Animal Charities When Shopping Anywhere

You can raise money for animal charities when you make purchases from general online retailers by going through fundraising sites.

Thousands of well known online retailers are signed up to fundraising websites. When you make purchases online through these sites, the retailers donate to the animal charity of your choice. It costs you nothing.

Vouchers and gift cards, which make good gifts, can also be purchased through these sites.

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What Else Can I Learn About Animal Cruelty And How To Stop It?

If you would like to learn more about why we so urgently need to help stop animal suffering, please have a look at the Types Of Animal Cruelty section of this site. This section will allow you to broaden your knowledge of many different types of animal abuse that happens in the world.

Sadly, what you will find is only the tip of the iceberg, but do not worry, because in the Help Stop Animal Cruelty section of this site, you can find a large and varied choice of ways that you can help stop the suffering. Have a look and see what ways would most suit you.

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