Make a Stocking for a Shelter Dog! #NutrishPets #Giveaway

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Holidays are a time of fun and family, decorating and enjoying decadent treats. But this year many dogs will spend the holidays in shelters as they wait for their forever families.

With just a few simple purchases and a little time, though, you can spread some holiday cheer, providing some festive fun for Fidos with a stocking filled with fun donations! Both Tiki and our cat Inca were adopted from Texas Humane Heroes, a rescue in Leander, Texas, so we’ve prepared some gifts to give one dog a happier holiday this year!

Just what are we donating?

  • Interactive toys. An interactive or stuffable toy is one that’s designed to prolong the fun of the treats–so rather than just swallowing the treat and asking for the next one, the dog has to work to get the treat out of the toy. The “hunt” for food is a natural instinct for all dogs so this work is all part of the fun for him.
  • Nutrish Soup Bones™ for a longer-lasting chew.
  • Nutrish dog treats, perfect for using with the interactive toys.

Since Irie and Tiki have both had teeth extractions (due to teeth cracked by chewing marrow bones), they now only get softer chews that are totally digestible. They absolutely love Nutrish Soup Bones. They get the sensation of chewing without the risk, and I love that they’re getting safely USA cooked treats that feature U.S. farm-raised chicken, beef or turkey with no soy or corn, and no artificial flavors or meat by-products. For our shelter donation, I know that the Soup Bones will be great as a chew for older shelter dogs or as a treat that can help calm a nervous new arrival.

For use in the interactive toys, I know Nutrish treats like Burger Bites will be perfect. I love these treats as a shelter donation because they’re easy to feed dogs of any size. They’re great right out of the bag for larger dogs like ours but smaller dogs at the shelter can enjoy them by breaking into smaller nuggets before feeding.

They can also be broken down and added to an interactive toy or food puzzle, a great way to extend the fun of treats, especially important with restless shelter dogs whose walking schedule might be abbreviated during the holidays. (Remember: all treats are for supplemental feeding and should never make up more than 10% of a dog’s daily diet, and all dogs–both your own and shelter dogs–should be observed while chewing treats to ensure they are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. )

Our dogs love the Burger Bites Beef with Bison Burger Recipe which looks just like a mini burger:

Nutrish offers four more flavors as well:

  • Deli Cuts™ Savory Pepperoni Recipe
  • Meatloaf Morsels™ Homestyle Beef Recipe
  • Pawsta™ Beef Stuffed Riggies Recipe
  • Savory Roasters™ Roasted Chicken Recipe

Each of the treats is made using real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken as the #1 ingredient; again, the treats contain no artificial flavors or meat by-products and no corn or wheat, just the world’s best ingredients, each safely cooked in the USA.

Providing a box or stocking filled with treats to a shelter dog is a great way to help cheer up a rescue pup–and a happy dog is one that has an easier time getting adopted. It only takes a few minutes and a few dollars to put together a stocking for your favorite rescue.

Rescue pets are the focal point of Nutrish; as you know, Rachael’s Rescue® was created for all of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve. A portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue. Through September 2017, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $21 million to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends.

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Would you like to create a stocking for a shelter dog near you? Enter to win a dog stocking and TWO bags of Nutrish dog treats AND some surprise dog toys for your dog or to give to a shelter dog this season! (Because this giveaway includes a food product, entries are limited to US addresses.) Good luck!

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  • Jennifer Boehme

    Yes. She knows something is happening and deserves a gift also, she is family. It’s fun to see her wanting to get in her treat gifts also.

  • Jenn Gren

    I absolutely share the Holidays with my pets! They each have their own stocking and get wrapped gifts too! 🙂

    • Dawn Rasor

      that’s darling!

  • SGilbert

    Yes we celebrate Hanukkah with ur dogs. I take food to our shelter for the dogs and cats.

  • blondtxen

    Yes my dogs always get Christmas presents

  • Dawn Rasor

    oh yes, Santa Paws always brings the dogs presents. Sometimes they get them early though, we are too excited to wait!

  • Yes- last year the dogs got squeaky toys- Bagel & Lox for Hanukkah! & Kitty got a very expensive cat playhouse that she never went near!

  • Shannon Hamner

    Yes, our babies always get presents! They have to! They are part of our family! <3

  • AP

    Yes, we always have presents for our dogs.

  • rose

    I celebrate with my family which consent of my husband my 2 boys 2 dogs and 2 cats

  • Laurie Nykaza

    We have 3 dogs and 4 cats and everyone has a stocking and gets gifts too.

  • amber

    we usually give our dogs special treats like chewbones on holidays

  • Karen Ann

    Yes always give my dog holiday presents

  • Meesh

    My dog always gets usually a bone and either a squeaky toy or a rope/tug toy…her faves.

  • Marilyn Nawara

    My dogs get lots of presents — they absolutely LOVE Christmas.

  • Mary W

    We don’t not gift the pets anything during the holidays but instead do that throughout the year. I love the idea of stockings for shelter dogs. I’m going to do that.

  • Ellie W

    My dogs usually get stockings with treats in them for Christmas.

  • Michelle Lee

    I usually get one of those dog stockings already with toys and treats in them for her to pick apart.

  • MnLady

    Oh yeah my pets get something every year!

  • Debra Hall

    Oh yes she is spoiled rotten

  • Cheryl Chervitz

    Oh my, YES. They get presents for their birthday and Christmas and they love it.

  • Mary Hoffman

    My “Maggie” 11 yrs. old mixed-terrier is a family member so Yes of course she gets presents for all of the holidays we celebrate!

  • Cheryl Aisoff

    I don’t specifically get Sophie a holiday present, I tend to get toys on a whim just because, and ensure she has healthy treats and chews all the time!

  • Allison Hoffman

    of course! all of our pets get christmas presents and their own stocking

  • Noreen Pazderski

    Of course! There are random presents all year, but the holidays are special. All dogs deserve presents.

  • Julie

    She definitely does. She also gets presents when it’s not even Christmas 😁

  • Roseanne Coggan

    Yes all of my pets get presents.

  • Linda Szymoniak

    I’ve always made and bought special treats and toys for my furbabies for Christmas. This year is going to be weird. I lost my sweet Coonhound girl, Kyoko, the day after Thanksgiving, but am going to be making the 4+ hour drive (with the same time for return) on Thursday to pick up a dog I’m adopting. Fingers crossed everything goes as planned – I know my Kyoko would want me to save another dog the way I saved her.

  • regina elliott

    Absolutely !!! My dog is my baby too !!!

  • Big Sky

    We always include our pets in our celebrations. My fur babies get toys and treats!

  • Sandra

    Oh yes, both of my dogs get Christmas Presents. And they open them by themselves, too. 😂😁🌲

  • Marla King

    Yes….but just a special treat or toy.

  • mitzi frank

    My Sweet Pea always gets a few presents and treat packs when we celebrate the holidays for Christmas!

  • Our pets are always included for Christmas! =) =) =)

  • DJohnson

    Absolutely! My pets are always a part of Christmas and they all get gifts.

  • Kristen

    Yes, the dogs get gifts.

  • Robin

    Yes! All our pets get a stocking for Christmas with all kinds of goodies.

  • ravens_nest

    Our dog loved getting a new squeaky toy for Christmas.

  • biggie55

    Yes the dog and cats gets presents too. They are our family too.

  • Jill Hanson

    We don’t always do presents, but if we do our pets get treats or toys, sometimes homemade

  • sandy weinstein

    sometimes, i did get up early on black friday at waited til the dog stores open to get some deals for my girls. brought some treats, have too many toys, but need a new bed.

  • Tracy W

    My boy gets doggie cookies and bully sticks 🙂

  • Jean

    Pick me, pick me!

  • mullin77

    Yes we get our dog Bailey and our cat Jasmine and our bird Doodle Christmas gifts. We get them toys and treats and new beds
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  • njweitzel

    They get more than we do!

  • rlweitzel

    Yes, way too many!

  • Sam Dorne

    Of course, our dogs are family, so they get a present too

  • starzine

    Yes and I present the gifts to them, as well.

  • Jeannie

    All our furbabies have their own Christmas stockings hung on the fire place and wrapped presents under the tree. They get so excited when they get to tear open the paper.

  • Misty

    Of course! They make out better than the humans!

  • SweepingGirl

    Yes she gets a stocking filled with snacks and toys!!!

  • Briellez16

    Yes I’m always wrapping my boo boy’s toys bones and treats up ! He loves opening them on Christmas morning

  • Lisa Williams

    I always wrap up a toy and some dog treats for my lovable fur baby!

  • Christine Aiello

    Yes my dog gets a lot of presents for Christmas. Treats, toys, clothes. I wrap them all up because she loves to unwrap presents!

  • Lorri Dockery

    We always purchase a gift for our dog. We wrap it up just like everyone elses and hide it till Christmas morning. I love watching her tear it open!

  • Helga

    We give them something nice to chew on, like pig’s ears.


    Always buy Christmas gifts for my dog. He loves to open his presents!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lesley F

    We do. They have their own stockings and they get presents under the tree!

  • Melissa S

    I always buy Christmas gifts for my cat and dog. They get a toy and special treats.

  • Laine

    My fur babies always get something for Christmas. Usually small – some special treats. This year I got them a big dog house with steps to an upper sunning deck for the yard.

  • I always give my dog presents. clothes, toys, you name it

  • tefenut

    not only gifts..they also have stockings!

  • Susan Pertierra

    My animals get lots of goodies all year long!

  • Amy Slover

    All my fur babies get gifts, stocking stuffers and some good food.

  • Leela

    Yes, we do.

  • wildflower00

    yes! after all it Christmas and they are part of the family

  • Shelley Joy P

    We always celebrate Christmas with gifts for our pets – including our pups 🙂

  • Angela Adelman

    We have three dogs sometimes we give them special gifts

  • Kirsten Kimball
  • Maria Bustos

    yes I always get him a birthday and Christmas gift.

  • Whiskers5

    Since moving to the city…I now have cats. I still love dogs. I would give this gift to a shelter dog. Loving all animals….big and small.

  • Barrie

    I get my dog a new toy and a bag of treats for the holidays. This year he’s getting an alligator!

  • desithebonde

    i usally do but i can not affrd them any thinkg i took them to see santa and that it will be it

  • Liz Moultray

    We usually try to give them a special treat, but for them, going for a run while I pull sled on horse for the kids is a wonderful gift!

  • I always get treats and/or toys for my dogs for holidays!

  • Lisa Pecora

    We always get gifts for all of our animals.