Skate, snap & shop for the animals this holiday season

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WILDOMAR – Tis the season for giving and giving back. The howlidays are officially here, and this December kicks off a monthlong series of festive events and promotions benefiting Animal Friends of the Valleys and the lost, homeless and abandoned pets in southwest Riverside. As the sole animal shelter serving the cities of Canyon Lake, Lake Elsinore, Menifee, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar, Animal Friends of the Valleys depends on donations from the community to support their mission: ending pet overpopulation and finding forever, loving homes for all adoptable pets in their care.

Skate for the Animals will be Saturday, Dec. 21, at IceFEST at Galway Downs.

Temecula IceFEST at Galway Downs, formerly called “Xmas on the Ranch,” is back this year featuring an ice skating rink, live music, food and beverages, photos with Santa and more. IceFEST will “paw it forward” Saturday, Dec. 21, from 3-9 p.m. by donating $1 from every ice skating ticket sold to Animal Friends of the Valleys. In addition, patrons bringing a can or bag of Purina cat or dog food Nov. 22, thru Jan. 6, will receive $1 off their skate admission.

Snap for the Animals will be Saturday, Dec. 7, 14 and 15 with pet photos with Santa at Petco.

Get the family pet’s picture snapped with Santa and “paw it forward” at Petco’s annual Christmas photo fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 7, 14 and 15, from 1-4 p.m. For a donation of $9.98, pet parents will receive a commemorative digital photo of their fur baby while helping homeless animals find loving homes. Animal Friends of the Valleys will benefit from 100% of the event proceeds at Petco’s southwest Riverside locations in Temecula, Murrieta and Lake Elsinore.

Shop for the Animals will encompass several shopping events to benefit Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Now thru Jan. 31 each purchase of a weekly planner supports the shelter. 2020 is almost here. Stay organized all year long while “pawing it forward” with the purchase of a weekly planner from Animal Friends of the Valleys. Planners sell for $20 with 100% of the profits benefiting lost, homeless and abandoned animals in southwest Riverside. To purchase a planner, visit https://animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/AFV2020.

Now thru Jan. 5, purchase a plush puppy at Raising Cane’s.

Chicken finger lovers can “paw it forward” when they purchase a limited-edition Jingle Cane Plush Puppy at any Raising Cane’s southwest Riverside location. Named after its founder’s beloved yellow lab, “Cane,” Raising Cane’s Jingle Cane puppy sells for $8.99, plus tax, with 100% of the profits benefiting Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Now thru Jan. 5, holiday shoppers can use Target Circle to support Animal Friends of the Valleys.

Holiday shoppers can shop for a cause and “paw it forward” by participating in Target stores’ Target Circle Giving Program. Enrolled customers earn one vote every time they make a purchase at Target online or in-store. Every vote cast for Animal Friends of the Valleys helps the shelter receive a larger portion of the available Target funds to be donated to select nonprofit giving partners. For program details, visit https://animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/give-online.

Animal Friends of the Valleys is dedicated to promoting the humane care of animals through education and a proactive animal services program. The nonprofit organization is committed to preventing the suffering of animals and to ending pet overpopulation in the communities the shelter serves. For more information about the Animal Friends of the Valleys and their howliday events, visit https://animalfriendsofthevalleys.com/event-calendar.

Submitted by Animal Friends of the Valleys.