We all love our pets. Many of us see our pets as a source of comfort and fun. Those who own a dog (or even just a particularly lively cat or rabbit!) may also see their pet as a source of exercise.
People in places around the world affected by poverty are also closely connected to their animals – although these are not normally pets in themselves they are just as highly valued. If you are looking to help people in need, or are looking for a present for a fellow pet lover, why not consider one of these animal charity gifts?
Animals are often given as charity gifts to people in developing countries to provide help with labour, to be bred for business, to be sold or to provide sustenance.
Animals really can make the difference between life and death. Take chickens as an example. They’re an increasingly popular pet in many developed countries – fresh eggs every day are certainly welcome. However, to people in developing countries, they can be so much more than that.
The eggs they produce are a source of nutrition, which is massively important for the people who tend to receive these gifts – they often live in rural areas where food is scarce and therefore eggs are precious. But as well as acting as a source of nutrition for their owners, the eggs produced by the chickens could also be the base of a business: selling eggs to get money to buy all of the other necessities in life.
Selling eggs is not the only business available to people who own chickens – they can breed them and sell the offspring, which passes the gift onto the surrounding community. Of course, in order to have a healthy business like this the first rule is to have healthy chickens. Charity gift associations often allow you to give the gift of training as a paravet – so they can give animal first aid and basic treatment for illnesses – or specialised training as a chicken farmer.
Alternatively, you could buy a goat – that’s another popular choice – the milk they produce is vital. In the long term, they can also be bred and sold. Moving further up the animal size scale, you find oxen. The sheer strength of these animals mean they can plough fields, help regeneration projects or simply act as a means of transport.
There are many options if you are looking for an unusual present for a pet lover. Perhaps the next time it is your dog’s birthday you can send someone in need an animal that will become just as important to him or her as Rex is to you?
This is a guest post from Liz at Must Have Gifts. If you know someone who would love to have a “chickens gift”, have a goat bought in their name or help someone learn how to care for sick animals?