Goat pictureJo-Anne McArthur for Farm Sanctuary

Father's Day is fast approaching, and once again you're not sure what present to give your dad. A tie? A robe? Some grilling gadget? Please. Let your siblings go that route. Paw Nation is here to inspire you with great gift ideas that do good for animals.

Give Him A Rescued Goat (or Pig Or Duck)
When you adopt a farm animal at Farm Sanctuary in your dad's name, you are making a year-long donation so that the Farm Sanctuary can provide for the animal's daily needs. You can pick from many animals, including cows and pigs and sheep, but you should consider sponsoring Jerry Lee, the goat. Neglected and abandoned as a youngster, he had a rough start, but you'd never know it to meet him these days. He's now safe from harm and happily living with other animals.

Currently, Farm Sanctuary operates two shelters -- a 175-acre farm in upstate New York and a 300-acre farm in northern California -- where they rescue, rehabilitate and provide lifelong care for hundreds of animals who have been rescued from stockyards, factory farms and slaughterhouses. Whatever animal you sponsor, your dad will receive an adoption certificate with a color photograph and, depending on the animal you choose to adopt for him, there might be other benefits including a Farm Sanctuary mug or a V.I.P. tour to meet your animal.

Shop to Show You Care
Maybe you'd rather give your father something he can unwrap. Make your purchase count by shopping at an online retailer that gives back, like the Animal Rescue Site Shop. You already go there to click to give daily (right?), so this should be easy. There are many items to choose from including hammocks, cufflinks or our favorite, the "Real Men Like Cats" coffee mug.

Look for a Local Paws Cause
Helping out a large organization is fantastic, but think about making a donation to a smaller, local group as well. One idea: Puppy Hill Farm Animal Rescue in Florida, an organization that is close to this Paw Nation staffer's heart. The shelter, currently home to over 65 dogs and 40 cats and kittens all looking for homes, was robbed recently, losing $6,000 worth of equipment which was not covered by insurance. The rescue is in a tough position and donations can help keep services continuing to these needy animals. For Puppy Hill and other local shelters, every dollar counts, and they look to pet-loving people (like you and Dad!) for help.

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