While chickies, ducklings, and bunnies are backyard babes synonymous with the upcoming Easter holiday, it's never a good plan to gift one of these creatures unless the home is well-prepared and willing to care for the (arguably) less-cute adult animals. After people realize that the tiny thing grows into something bigger or unmanageable, the pet is often abandoned or given to a shelter or sanctuary.Even though some get a second chance at life in a forever home, if you really, really want to give a child something like this, here's a great way to do so. Farm Sanctuary offers sponsorship packages for its farm animals — many of which are abandoned pets. When purchased in either your name or in the name of someone else, each unique sponsorship package includes a personalized adoption certificate and a beautiful color photo, which make the perfect addition to any Easter basket. No cleanup required!
Give back to a great cause this season with Farm Sanctuary's Charity Buzz Holiday Auction. The amazing opportunities include tickets and backstage passes to Joan Jett (plus a personalized and signed electric guitar), a surfing lesson with Daniela Sea (The L Word), and a vegan lunch in Los Angeles with Alicia Silverstone. Currently drawing the highest bid is the visit to the set of Californication and a meet-and-greet with star David Duchovny.
Along with once-in-a-lifetime celebrity meetings, the 65 items to bid on include concerts, getaways, dinners, unique gifts, and more — with all proceeds benefiting the Farm Sanctuary. Working to promote compassionate living through rescue, education, and advocacy of farm animals, they also host a 175-acre shelter in Upstate New York and another 300-acre shelter in Northern California dedicated to lifelong care and rehabilitation of neglected creatures. Opportunities to place a bid and give back to animals, via the online auction, ends on Dec. 17.