As Black Friday returns once again this year, many shoppers across the country will be on the hunt for the best prices. But there's a way to support animals while saving - by buying humanely produced products and supporting companies that don't allow animal cruelty in their production.
Here are The Dodo's must-have picks for the best cruelty-free items to add to your gift list.
1. Forks Over Knives cookbook
This book makes it incredibly easy to live a pro-animal lifestyle. The delicious recipes consist of whole-food, plant-based ingredients with an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. They minimize or exclude meat, dairy and eggs, and the book offers tips for creating a balanced vegan diet.
2. Adopt a farm animal
Adopting a pig, cow or turkey doesn't always have to involve cleaning up after them. Over at Farm Sanctuary, rescued animals are sorely in need of help to cover veterinary, food and shelter costs. By adopting one of these animals, you can save him from a life of cruelty - and you can even pay him a visit at one of their sanctuaries.
Not only are they made without any animal products, but a pair of TOMS animal initiative elephant shoes goes one step further: the proceeds go to efforts by the Clinton Foundation and Wildlife Conservation Society to stop the poaching of elephants for their ivory.
5. Animal of the Month Club
It's the gift that keeps on giving: Defenders of Wildlife offers a year-long subscription to 12 different "animal adoptions." The recipient receives a different plush animal every month along with a photo of the animal, a fact sheet and a kids' activity book. Proceeds go toward the organization's efforts to save wildlife.