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Booty with Benefits! – Gifts that help the animals.

Thursday, November 10th, 2011 | Filed under Handy Tips

I was browsing the Internet recently and found a few items, which I purchased, because the purchase supported animals.

I thought I’d list them here… and add a few.  In fact, I will continue to find little items that have bonus power for the animals throughout this holiday season.  If you know of any, please email me!

Let’s begin!



Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary has an entire store full of items that directly benefit the Sanctuary… gift packages, books, clothing, post cards, photos, figurines…    You can click here to go to the store.

Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

For me, I thought the inexpensive but nice looking horsehair bracelets were a fine item for only $10 – $16!   You can also purchase horsehair zipper pulls and keychains for even less!  Perfect stocking stuffers or office gifts.

Here is the link.

$10 - $16! Such a deal!



I found two ways to help the elephants!

–First I found this sterling and copper pendant by Stacey Lamothe.  If you purchase it, a percentage goes to BORN FREE USA which helps all wild animals.

Purchasing this helps BORN FREE USA. Click here


–The other way to help the elephants is through the Elephant Sanctuary.  I found all kinds of Tshirts including some with Tarra and Bella (so sad for her loss).

Tarra and Bella Tshirt

I also found these great close-out Holiday notecards.  In fact, I ordered the close-out notecards a few weeks ago and I was pleasantly surprised when they arrived!  Better than I had hoped!  I think they are truly special and I would love to receive a card showing an Elephant in the SNOW!

Go to the website and click on GIFT SHOP.  Once there, you can shop for lots of great items that benefit the Elephants.  I found the CLOSE-OUT t-shirts under MISC and then SPECIALS linked here.

I found the ‘sale’ elephant holiday cards here.






3)  HORSES AND HOPE CALENDAR – helps the horses at the Camelot auction

I wrote about this a few weeks ago when I saw it in the Hoofprints catalog.   The photos in this calendar were taken of the horses at the Camelot auction in New Jersey – and in their new homes.  100% of the profits from the calendar sales will be donated to a dedicated fund with One Horse At a Time, Inc. and the funds will be used for the aid of horses in need.

Every page is full of beautiful rescued horses.  My calendar just came today and I really like it!  In fact, I sat down and read the whole thing!

I think it is a really robust and ‘you get bang for your buck’ calendar – totally worth more than the $14.95.  Especially when you know that these ladies work tirelessly to photograph all these horses at the Auction, spread their faces all over the internet, work on placement and organize all transactions.  Beautiful photos!

Bravo!  You can order the Horses and Hope, My troubles are over, I’m finally home… calendar here.

Click here to order!


This is my calendar opened up to July. It is very robust with color and photos! Lovely


4)  SPCA – the maple kind?!

OK, well, who hasn’t seen the video of the ULTIMATE DOG TEASE.  If you haven’t seen it, click here.

Anyway, Hubby loves that video so I found that the creator of the video is selling T-shirts and the proceeds go to THE SPCA (Nova Scotia).  Now, just because it is for the Canadian SPCA shouldn’t stop you since the Canadians have been totally supportive of the Bucket Fund.  Besides, it is for the animals and the shirts are really fun!

I thought $14.99 was an excellent price!  Of course, I had to buy one for Hubby.   It arrived today and I liked it.

Here is the link to his t-shirts.   Here is a photo!

Click to order. Proceeds go to the Nova Scotia SPCA


5) United in Draft Horse Sanctuary, United Pegasus Foundation, Animal Rescue League of Iowa and the Cimarron Sky Dog Reserve via artist, Leslie Anne Webb

Leslie Anne Webb donates to all of the above equine causes!!  Can you believe it?!

If you go to this link, you can see more detail of these famous and lovely pieces.

(Such a nice person to donate to so many horses in need!)

Purchasing a print of this image helps UNITED IN DRAFT HORSE SANCTUARY


A purchase of this print helps UNITED PEGASUS


A purchase of this print helps ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE OF IOWA


Purchase a print of this image and Leslie will donate to the CIMARRON SKY DOG RESERVE


6)  THE BUCKET FUND!  via EQUI-SPA! (helps the Bucket Fund!!)

EQUI SPA is gracious enough to have a huge Holiday Special that benefits the Bucket Fund!   If you purchase their Holiday Package Special Offer (THE BALM -yay!, Grapefruit No-Rinse Coat Refresher and Spot Remover, Lavendar Cleansing Spray – Norma loves this in her grazing muzzle), Equi-Spa will donate $4 PLUS all the shipping which is another $6.95.  So, basically, if you purchase the Holiday Package from Equi-Spa, not only do you save $5, but your purchase ends up giving $4 plus $6.95 to the Bucket Fund!  $11.00 Total!

Don’t forget that you can order ANYTHING from Equi-Spa (like my fav, THE BALM) and they will donate the entire $6.95 shipping fee to the Bucket Fund!

So stock up on anything and help the Bucket Fund!  They have lots of incredible products to choose from (linked here).  You can ask me about any of them.  I’ve used almost all of them!

Wahoo!  Thank you, Equi-Spa!

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October Bucket Fund Receipts, Western Spursuaders and FREE RIDE Western Safety Stirrups!


(You can read Hope’s story here.)

You readers were incredible once again!  Not only did we reach our $2500 goal for little Hope’s surgery and recovery, we exceeded it by $10! Bravo!

I will continue to give you updates on Hope.  She is doing great and recovering right on schedule!  One leg is straightening faster than the other so they are watching this closely.  However, uneven straightening is to be expected so no worries there.

Once the vets give the go-ahead, the final surgeries on each leg will be performed.  Sooner than later, Hope will never have to worry about tripping herself or compression sores again!

The first payment we made early to cover the surgery costs and some recovery items.


This is the final payment.



I have written about Spursuaders previously (linked here).

But today, I noticed that they have added a new Western style to their product.  Wow!  Good News!  I was thinking that many of you might be interested in a Western pair…

The new Western Spursuaders



Here is a photo of the design.  It is pretty evident how they work, and how they are less intrusive.  The idea is to get the horse’s attention without upsetting him.  (Sounds like a good idea to me…)

This diagram shows the unique design of the Spursuaders


Anyway, I don’t use spurs right now, but if I need a pair, I know I would try these.

You can purchase the English or Western design.  They are made in Canada however there are a few stores in the US that carry them if you’d like to check them out physically.  You can search for retail outlets via this link on the website.  Or, Spursuader does have an online store which you can access by clicking this link.  Easy!

Solid concept... I like it!



I saw an ad for the Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup in the back of Trail Rider Magazine.  I clipped it to research at a later date.  That later date was this morning!

After reading online, I learned that the Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup developer designed these after being dragged…  I think if you survive being dragged, maybe part of your mental rehab is to ‘fix’ that sort of thing for others in the future.

The Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup is the result of his recovery process.

Free Ride Western Safety Stirrup (no affiliation)

So, basically, this safety stirrup is the same idea as the English safety stirrup with the rubber band on one side – except this stirrup has covered that rubber band side with a Western leather keeper.  And, of course, the stirrup itself is styled in a Western fashion.

I like the design.  For me, English or Western, I think this footpad is just the right size, not too large and not too skinny.  I couldn’t find the actual measurements of the footpad, but from the online photos, it looks right.

Being cast aluminum is a huge plus.  The less weight on the saddle, the better!  I also like that you can personalize the keeper to have your initials or your horse’s initials or whatever you want…  You also get to pick the leather color, concha and corner design.  Cool!

Here is the website!  Let me know if you purchase a pair!


This is the 'safety' part that is underneath the keeper.


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