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!