Unleash the Joy Sustainable Giving

By Susan Hartzler

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Unleash the Joy Sustainable Giving
A Canine Gift Guide for a Pawsitively Perfect Holiday Season According to recent insights from a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association, around 70% of pet owners now include their animal companions on Santa’s list. In case you forgot to wrap a little something for your best friend, here is a last-minute gift guide of top-notch products available on the market perfect for treating your four-legged family member or delighting the dog lover in your life. You may not get them by Christmas but think of it as an extension of this favorite holiday. Personalized Dog Christmas Gifts Selecting the perfect Christmas gift can be quite a task, but you can’t go wrong with these exceptional personalized dog Christmas gifts. Custom Engraved Dog Collars A dog collar serves multiple purposes, aiding in controlling your canine companion’s movement and providing a secure leash attachment point. Opting for a custom engraved dog collar adds a personal touch, allowing you to choose styles that resonate with your preferences. (projects.xtool.com/howtos/70) Personalized Dog Bowls Beyond being a fancy accessory, these dog bowls can be customized to match your dog’s unique style and requirements. When designing a personalized dog bowl, factors such as your dog’s height, eating habits, and snout length should be considered to ensure a comfortable dining experience and prevent choking. (etsy.com) Personalized Book: “How My Dog Saved Christmas”

This heartwarming gift for the dog lover in your life has earned its place as a bestseller on Etsy. Available in both hardcover and softcover editions, this book not only features your dog’s name as the hero but also allows you to select an image that strikingly resembles your canine companion. It’s a delightful and personalized addition to your holiday celebrations. (etsy.com)

The Best Dog Accessories
Ensure your furry friend has only the best with these must-have pet accessories.
• Xdog Weight Vest
This unique dog vest offers over 50 health benefits, from muscle-building to anxiety relief, providing a comforting hug-like experience. (xdog.com)
• Cesar Millan Dog Backpack
A water-repellent and breathable backpack that gives your dog a sense of purpose, mental stimulation, and discipline. It can be weighted down to make quick walks feel more substantial, perfect for busy pet parents. (amazon.com)
• Thundershirt Dog Anxiety Vest
A game-changer for dogs suffering from anxiety, this vest provides gentle, constant pressure that has helped ease anxiety in 85% of buyers. (thundershirt.com)

The Best Dog Treats and Toys:
No holiday season is complete without delectable treats and entertaining toys:
• PureBites Beef Liver Snacks
With over 4,000 5-star reviews, these all-natural snacks are sure to delight your furry friend. (chewy.com)
• Cadet Toro Bully Hide Sticks
Perfect for chewing and releasing jaw tension, these sticks are described as “great for draining extra energy.” (amazon.com)
• Chuckit! Ultra Ball Dog Toy


City Hearts
Kids Say Yes to the Arts. Founded by Sherry and Bob Jason in 1984, this non-profit organization provides Arts Education programs to underserved communities in Los Angeles through programs that help students develop their creativity, self-expression, and critical thinking skills. Help them reach their $15,000 goal and continue the work they started in 1984. Your donation, no matter the size, will help continue to provide these transformative Arts Education experiences to young people who need them most. Locally, many of us know Sherry and Bob from their annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet that became a holiday tradition for more than forty years until the COVID pandemic forced them to shut down. City Hearts, however, continues. info@cityhearts.org; (310) 455-2898

Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM)
When you give to the RCD, you’re helping protect endangered and threatened species like western pond turtles and southern steelhead, enhancing local oak woodlands, creating more fire resilient and informed communities, providing equitable education to all and monitoring and conserving watersheds throughout the Santa Monica Mountains! Giving is all about supporting what inspires you and we know there’s lots of organizations worthy of your support. Consider contributing to local conservation by donating at: rcdsmm.org/donate.
Support the Seven for President Rescue Mission

Seven for President, the nation’s first dog presidential candidate, has captured hearts across America with a vision of unity, playfulness, and a commitment to a better, happier future for all. Join the pack and proudly display your support for Seven with an array of merchandise that reflects the values of the Puppy Party. A percentage of proceeds goes to rescue dogs. (sevenforpresident.com)

• Paw-some Apparel
Choose from a selection of stylish t-shirts, hoodies, and hats adorned with adorable canine-themed designs and slogans that declare your allegiance to the Puppy Party.
• Campaign Collectibles
Collect limited-edition campaign buttons, stickers, and posters featuring Seven’s charming visage and campaign promises.
• Pet-Friendly Products
Spoil your own furry friend with a range of Seven for President pet accessories, from cozy beds to fun toys.

In this season of giving, let the joyous moments with our dogs be enriched by the thoughtfulness of these unique presents, creating lasting memories that echo the true magic of the holidays.
Woof!
Topanga Women’s Circle (TWC)
“Bringing Comfort to Families in Transitional Housing, One Room at a Time.” Number of apartments outfitted by TWC: 1,103. There are three ways to support TWC to help families in need at: Topangawomenscircle.org/how-to-help
Donate money.

Donate things. TWC’s donation center is located at Pine Tree Circle across from Canyon Gourmet, every Saturday from 9-10:30 a.m., except for holidays and bad weather. See List of Items. All household donations must be clean, new and like-new, or very gently used. Tax forms for larger donations are available at the bin.
Volunteer. Give your time by participating in a hands-on way to improve the lives of those who so desperately need our help
For more information: info@topangawomenscircle.org.

Topanga Community Center (TCC)
Join the independent and pioneer spirit of the Topangans who built this house and please consider a donation of money, goods or services. We invite you to get involved in the history, the vision and the future of our Community House. topangacommunitycenter.org/donate

Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (TCEP)
A 501(c 3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization based in Topanga, California. For close to three decades, TCEP has provided emergency preparedness education and disaster status information to residents of Topanga, Malibu and surrounding areas. It relies primarily on donations from individuals and businesses. Donations may be tax deductible. IRS Form 990s available. Tcep.org/donate

Topanga Town Council (TTC)
The town of Topanga is a thriving community due much in part to the volunteer effort of residents and businesses in our canyon. The Topanga Town Council, an all-volunteer organization, asks you to give generously to help support the many community programs it creates and supports.
Topanga’s Community Website, OneTopanga.com
Resident Access Cards
Station 69 Dinners
The Homeless Rest Area
Topanga Bridge Beautification
Graffiti Removal
TTC also gives to other local organizations including Arson Watch, TCEP, CERT, Historical Society, Topanga Creek Cleanup, Animal programs, Topanga State Park, and local schools. topangatowncouncil.org/donate
Firefighters at Station 69
Volunteer through the Topanga Town Council to provide holiday dinners for our firefighters.

Topanga Historical Society
The Topanga Historical Society (THS) was organized in 1974 by a group of dedicated community leaders who recognized the urgent need to collect and preserve records of Topanga’s unique history and to make them available to future generations. The Society maintains an Archive Center and presents quarterly local history programs. Open by Appointment Only. Become a member: info@topangahistoricalsociety.org; topangahistoricalsociety.org

Topanga Animal Rescue
Susan Clark’s Topanga Animal Rescue is a registered 501 (c3) non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to providing immediate medical field triage and transportation for wounded and abandoned animals in the Santa Monica Mountains and San Fernando Valley area and to reach out to provide free medical care for the animals of the homeless in LA County. Your tax deductible contributions are appreciated. (310) 455-7268. Topangaanimalrescue.com

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