Valentine’s Day 2016: Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas
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Valentine’s Day is almost here. Are you still searching for gifts? Do you need a little something extra for your love? Or maybe you want to give your friends and family a little something special?

Well then how about giving a lovely stress-free charitable gift this Valentine’s Day? See below for our list of Last-Minute Charitable Gift Ideas For Valentine’s Day.

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April Fool’s Day 2012 Sponsorship: Direwolf Cub
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With Season 2 of Game Of Thrones premiering tonight, we decided that our charity spotlight for today’s holiday, April Fool’s Day, would be TFAW’s Direwolf Cub Adoption. For only $2499.99 you can adopt your very own direwolf cub, which comes with all its necessary vaccinations, as well as a complimentary one-year supply of Purina Direwolf Chow. According to the adoption form, the direwolf cubs have been “rescued from the terrors that threaten their lives north of The Wall,” so just think about how much good you’d be doing!

If you love direwolves, but perhaps you don’t have enough room to keep one or sufficient funds to adopt one, here’s a practical alternative that’s great for any day of the year: you can symbolically adopt a Wolf from Defenders Of Wildlife organization for as low as $15. Your donation comes with Personalized Certificate, Photo & Fact Sheet; for only $10 more you’ll also get a small wolf plush. You can also “adopt” a Gray Wolf at the World Wildlife Fund – a $25 donation to them gets you an Adoption Certificate, Species Info Card, and Photo; for $50, you get all that, plus a 12-inch Wolf Plush, a Gift Box, and a Gift Bag.

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‘Harry Potter’ Fans Blamed For Decline In Owl Population In India
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India’s Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said that owls in the country are being taken from the wild by Harry Potter fans who want to keep the birds as pets. It’s unclear what evidence Ramesh has to back up his claim, but he said that the decline of owls in the wild coincided with the increased popularity of Harry Potter in India. He also said that urban middle classes families were, in part, responsible because they were capturing owls to give as pets to their children who like Harry Potter. Meanwhile, the wildlife group Traffic reported that wild owls in India are being illegally trapped and traded to be used for black magic rituals and other purposes.

In the Harry Potter film and book series, the boy wizard has a snowy owl named Hedwig who is his faithful companion.

This story really struck a nerve with me. I happen to love owls and every year I adopt a Snowy Owl from Defenders of Wildlife, an organization dedicated to help protect the species out in the wild. If a child really loves owls now thanks to Harry Potter, then the best thing a parent can do is donate to a wildlife fund dedicated to protecting owls — NOT take the owls from their natural environment and keep them as a pet. If middle class families are doing this, that means they can spare the $25 for the donation, which includes a small plush owl, a personalized certificate, a photo of the owl, and a fact sheet. (See this photo of one of my cats, Sixx, sitting with Snowy, my plush owl that came with my donation to Defenders of Wildlife.)

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