Don’t forget your pets this holiday season.
According to a survey by AP-Petside.com, more than half of American pet owners will buy gifts for their pets this holiday season, spending an average of $46 on their animals. And with pet ownership at its highest level in two decades, at 72.9 million, according to the American Pet Products Association’s (APPA) 2011-2012 National Pet Owners Survey, chances are you are searching for a gift for your furry or feathered family member.
AP-Petside.com says 68 percent of pets getting gifts will receive a toy, with 45 percent getting food or another treat, 8 percent getting new bedding, 6 percent clothing, 3 percent a leash, collar or harness, and 3 percent new grooming products.
What will you be getting your pets this holiday season? Maple Grove Magazine recently shared a host of gifting ideas with a pet theme, from customized bowls at Color Me Mine to pet-friendly frames at A Place Called Home. For the outdoor-loving dog, check out REI for items such dog boots or flying disc.
You can also find interesting and unique pet gifts at these Maple Grove pet stores such as Petco and PetSmart or the pet section at WalMart. Nearby Chuck & Don's Pet Food Outlet in Plymouth has a few gifting options as well.
To help other pets in need, consider a donation to your local animal shelter. Volunteer your time at the Animal Humane Society in Golden Valley. Shelters can always use an extra set of hands, especially around the holidays.
If you are considering giving a pet this holiday season, check out the Animal Humane Society website first to browse pictures of animals up for adoption.
SHARE: Do you buy your pets presents for Christmas? What do you get them and where do you buy your gifts? Tell us in the comments. Upload a picture of your pet enjoying the holiday season!