Last-Minute Holiday Gifts That Save Lives

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Online Gifts from Local Animal Shelter Deliver Big Impact

Contact: Morgan Pulleyblank 
Director of Development & Communications

BERKELEY, Calif. – Holiday gift giving can save the lives of dogs and cats this year – and have a last-minute impact! The media are reporting that delivery services are struggling to keep up with the highest volume of packages ever experienced. Even if delivery dates are met, few gifts can measure up to a heartfelt joy friends and families will feel by honoring them all while providing medical care, food, or a warm bed for a shelter pet.

Fortunately, the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society (Berkeley Humane) is providing a last-minute opportunity to save lives AND give a meaningful gift to your friends, coworkers, and loved ones this holiday season. 

Tweet this! Still looking for some last-minute gift ideas? @BerkeleyHumane can help! Their Gift Catalog has fun items for all the pet lovers in your life:  

Berkeley Humane’s Gift Catalog ( is an easy and convenient place to celebrate all the animal lovers on your list. There’s something on the list for everyone. You can choose something as small as providing toys for dogs, a special diet to a senior animal, or you can even name a litter of kittens after people you love! 

“We can’t solve all of the suffering in the world right now, but we can eliminate the suffering of the shelter animals in our community,” noted Jeffrey Zerwekh, Executive Director. “Demand for our services is up and donations are down, so by honoring someone with a gift to save the animals in our care sends a beautiful message of love.”

When you choose an item from the Holiday Gift Catalog, your recipient will receive an e-card with your custom message—no need to worry about shipping deadlines! And what’s better, you are providing vital support for Berkeley Humane’s lifesaving programs. 

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About Berkeley Humane  
With its origins dating back to 1895, today Berkeley Humane serves the people and animals of our community by providing life-saving programs for cats and dogs, cultivating compassion, and strengthening the human-animal bond. With the support of a dedicated and talented volunteer and staff team, Berkeley Humane intakes animals from municipals shelters around the Bay Area who are often in need of medical care, improved nutrition, enrichment and lots of love. In 2019, Berkeley Humane conducted over 1,000 adoptions and touched the lives of almost 1,000 additional pets through related services. Learn more at

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