Guest post: personalized Valentine’s videos from Animal Aid Unlimited!   »

The coolest gift since the mix tape was invented: a personalized video dedicated to your loved one, featuring an adorable rescued animal, from a totally rad animal rights organization. Customizing your gift is easy: just tell them your loved one’s name, and pick the animal you want to sponsor—you even get to pick the song that will play in the background. Then, after a donation of just $100, plus the time it takes to produce the video, a link to your personalized clip appears in your email inbox, ready to share with that special someone. It’s the best gift ever!!

Animal Aid Unlimited is a great organization, located in Udaipur, India, that I was lucky enough to visit while on a trip with VegVoyages (best tour company ever!). The work they do reaches a ridiculous amount of animals, thanks to their unique situation: In India, animals are allowed to roam freely in the streets, so Animal Aid can take in sick and injured animals, give them life-saving medical care, and if they are fit enough to survive on the streets, release them back to the same place they were taken from. Those who are unlikely to survive on their own are given permanent homes at the sanctuary. This policy allows them to treat tens of thousands of animals without the problem of overcrowding faced by American shelters, and no-kill shelters in particular.

The other unique thing about Animal Aid unlimited is that they are able to provide a high level of medical care to the animals at an incredibly low cost. Some examples of this are: • $6,800 a year to pay for a full time Veterinarian • $1,100 a year for a Veterinary nurse • $100 pays for rabies inoculations for 160 animals These two factors combine to bring Animal Aid’s supporters some great bang for their donation buck: not only is Animal Aid in a position to help more animals than would be possible elsewhere, but it costs less to help each animal than it would at home. With every dollar helping so much, you can rest assured that your donation will be going to a good cause.

If you want your video by Feb, 14, you should get your orders in sooner rather than later, because these people are animal rescuers, not magical elves who can make videos overnight. I already put in my order for my hubby’s V-day video, and you should too! It’s a better gift than the one he wanted (a manometer—I mean WTF!?—totally not romantic), and we both get a warm fuzzy feeling inside from helping save some cute critters. What’s better than that? If you can’t get it by Valentine’s Day, just let your significant other/person-you’re-bumpin’-uglies-with that you made the donation. Then, when the video arrives, you show it to them and get laid twice for the price of one! You’re welcome.

Marie Dadap is a fat vegan extraordinaire whose life won’t be complete until someone makes a vegan brie. You can reach her at marie [at] dadap [dot] net. This is her second post for us, you can see the first one (DONUTS) here (DONUTS).

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