Friday, December 15, 2017

Celebrate the Season of Giving with Miranda Lambert and MuttNation

Yesterday we shared some ideas on how to brighten the lives of shelter cats during the Christmas season. We hope it helped everyone find something they can do to give back during this season of giving because that's what it's all about. Today I'd like to tell you a little about a program in my area called Claus for Paws which asks the community to help fulfill the Christmas wish lists of animals waiting for their forever homes.

Each year 3 local rescue groups are chosen to receive donations that are dropped off at specially marked “Claus for Paws” donation crates at local businesses. Cleaning supplies, bedding, food, collars & leashes, toys - all simple wishes that often go unfulfilled or add up to a substantial expense. All items that can easily be donated to make life easier for shelter workers and the precious cargo in their care.

I have an amazing shelter within walking distance of my house, yet Tara and Truffles were adopted from a shelter an hour north of me, and Mudpie from one an hour east. While I love to support these amazing groups as a thank you to them for giving me my sweet girls, it's just not that easy for me to get to them, so these donation crates are so convenient. As luck would have it, Tara and Truffles' shelter was a Claus for Paws recipient last year (as was Sashi's small rescue), and Mudpie's Alma mater is one this year! The program has become a huge success, with nearly 2,500 donated items collected totaling close to $15,000 last year alone!

Here's Mudpie's wonderful vet with a donation bin at his office!

As cat bloggers we always have extra cat stuff around the house, and anything we don't have I have so much fun shopping for. (Most women thrive on clothes and shoe shopping. I find my bliss in bookstores and pet stores.) Choosing just the right items for our doggie friends is more of a challenge though...

Earlier this month I received an email from Petmate® with information about their holiday MuttNation™ Fueled by Miranda Lambert Collection. Every purchase in this line of toys, collars, harnesses and beds helps fund the rescue and adoption programs of MuttNation Foundation. To help shine the spotlight on rescue animals and shelters, Miranda and her mom Bev Lambert founded MuttNation Foundation in 2009 to ensure that as many dogs as possible would have a safe and happy place to call home. All of Miranda’s proceeds from the MuttNation pet collection go directly to the MuttNation Foundation. You can be assured that your giving is going directly to helping homeless dogs find new homes.

New products for 2017 include a vintage styled treat tin, treat toys in the shapes of guitars, cowgirl boots and microphones, an all-American baseball tug toy, stylish bedding, and the cutest collection of Mini Rescue Mutts plush toys based on real rescue stories. The MuttNation collection offers pet lovers a wonderful opportunity to give back to the rescue community while giving love to their own special four-legged family members...or by donating items from the collection to their favorite shelter, which is what we'll be doing!

Petmate is generously sending us these two amazing beds, scheduled to arrive next week, just in time to be delivered to our nearest Claus for Paws donation bin!

We're so happy that in addition to the cat supplies we would automatically be donating, that we'll also be able to provide two beautiful beds that will allow some shelter animals (because there's no reason why they can't be used as cat beds too!) to stay warm this winter.

If you still have some Christmas shopping to do for your four-legged friends, we hope you'll check out what MuttNation has to offer...and our paws are crossed that Miranda comes out with a product line for cats by next Christmas!

This post is sponsored by Petmate and MuttNation. I am being compensated for featuring this content but we only share information we feel is relevant to our readers. This post also contains Amazon affiliate links.


  1. We had TBT bring some toys we dont much like to a pet store locally in hopes the shelter cats will. Its not much, but we hope some kitties will like them.

  2. My human has a lot of stuff left over from brands that we never really used. She needs to get it all together to donate to one of our local groups.

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  4. That cow is so cute! I think I'll have to get one for our Layla--but it might wind up just sitting on my desk because I'm not sure I'll be able to part with it. :)

  5. We are loving these festive posts for shelter and rescue animals! We are also lucky to have local businesses that have donation bins for local shelters and rescues. I put stuff in them every year, in hopes that the furbabies awaiting their forever homes can have a merry Christmas.

  6. I love this concept! Around here, I've had problems donating stuff to rescues (exclusive food arrangements with a specific brand more than any other). But we have a pet food pantry that accepts open or closed bags of food and just about anything else - and they accept donations at local pet stores. Thank you for reminding me ... I dropped off a ton of food a couple weeks ago, and I want to go back through the non-food stuff I got from BlogPaws for a second mass donation.

  7. Fabulous post Mudpie, and it is so impawtant to help charities, not just this time of year but all year too. We love the cute cow too, it's adorable, thank you fur sharing, we're going to see if we can get one asap! MOL

    Best festive purrs

    Basil & Co xox

  8. Excellent post. That is a great idea to donate items our cats don't use to local shelters.

  9. What a wonderful way to help shelters!