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The holidays are hectic, but don't forget about the animals. Here's four ways you can consider helping your furry friends in this joyous season.

1. Donate

Shelters and rescues are always in need of money and useful items to help in the day-to-day operation of the organization. Common items on most shelters' wishlists include cat litter, blankets or towels, cleaning solutions, dog and cat food, toys, and leashes or collars. If you aren't sure how to deliver your donations or which organization to support, your veterinarian or trainer should be able to recommend a place to start.

2. Volunteer

Especially during the holidays when everyone is busy, out of town, or otherwise preoccupied, shelters and rescues can struggle to find enough volunteers to cover all of their needs. Volunteering is something your whole family can do; kids will love the chance to interact with the animals and do something helpful at the same time. Call your shelter first to determine when and what kind of help they will need. Even if you can only visit on the weekend to refill food bowls and clean litter boxes, this will help your local shelter tremendously during the holidays.

3. Shop

Many websites offer a percentage donation to animal welfare charities all year long. When doing your holiday gift shopping, consider buying from sites such as The Animal Rescue Site, Dogs for the Deaf, or the Humane Society, and a portion of your purchase price will benefit helpful organizations. Additionally, you can use Amazon Smile to send a portion of your purchase price to any organization of your choice, including your local shelter!

4. Adopt

If you have considered getting a new pet, researched what's involved, and decided to proceed, the holidays are a great time to give a loving forever home to a shelter pet. 

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.