Just got a reminder from Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue that it’s kitten season. Whee! What does this mean? I mean, besides the fact that humans are too dumb and lazy to properly care for their pets? Oh, just that adult cats are not being adopted and instead, killed. Hey kittens! Stop being so fucking adorable, you’re ruining it for everyone! I’m totally a dog person but I’d push a puppy into traffic to get to a kitten HOW DO THEY LOOK SO CUTE? It’s just wrong. I can’t help it, I want to cover my body in live kittens and take to the runway. Who’s the baddest bitch now, Wintour!?!?!
Anyway, if you can find it in your hearts to say NO to kittens and instead, embrace the awesomeness of an already-litter-box-trained adult cat, now is the time. Adult cats are less messy, less destructive, and it’s easy to know their temperaments, unlike with kittens who could be total psychos when they grow up but you’re too blinded by the KITTEN OMG I LOVE to give a shit.
Vegansaurus Last-Minute (totally selfless!) Holiday Gift-O-Rama! »
It’s down to the wire, folks. If you’re anything like me, you’ve left your holiday stuff to the last minute (though, to be fair, you had the best of intentions and meant to get started in September), and now you’re faced with the seven-day holiday insanity challenge. Well, friends, I am here to help. Here it is, the Vegansaurus Last-Minute Holiday Gift-O-Rama!
1. Signed cookbooks! Famous vegan cookbook author and all-around great person, Isa Chandra Moskowitz, is selling off signed copies of all her cookbooks! The best part? 100 percent of the proceeds are going to Out to Pasture sanctuary in Oregon. Time is of the essence on this one so order quickly if you want it in time for Christmas! Shipping included, prices are $28 for Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, and Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar; $32 for Vegan Brunch; and $42 for Veganomicon.
To get your signed book, send a paypal to email@example.com and include the book(s) that you would like. If it’s a gift, remember to include the recipient’s address! And please let them know who Isa should sign it to.
Perennial favorite Farm Sanctuary is offering holiday gift adoptions again this year! Sponsorship/adoptions range from $10 per month for a rabbit or chicken up to $50 per month for a cow, which pays for all that animal’s needs throughout the year. With your adoption, you’ll receive your adopted buddy’s photo and biography, and best of all, a VIP tour to meet them!
3. For the salty dog in all of us, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is offering gift memberships for the holidays. You pay $25 or more in your recipient’s name, and they get a certificate acknowledging the donation, a copy of the Sea Shepherd Log, and a sticker with the Sea Shepherd logo (which is, if I may say so, badass). Your membership dollars go toward helping the Sea Shepherd keep saving those whales! There are also options for making recurring donations as well as Sea Shepherd shirts, bags, water bottles, and other goodies on the site if that’s more your thing. However you give them money, it’s going to a good cause, so spend away!
4. If you’re planning on plying someone with vegan cheese (or vegan shoes! or vegan acne medication! what! asshole!) over the holidays, why not order from Vegan Essentials and save 10 percent on any order (including sale items!) with coupon code “holiday10”? OR orders shipping within the continental USA (sorry Hawaii and Alaska! You always get screwed! Oh and every other country, sucks to be you! USA! USA!), you can get a free upgrade from UPS Ground to UPS 2nd Day Air on orders over $50 (total cost excluding shipping). Make sure to choose UPS ground as your shipping option when you check out and you’ll be upgraded at no extra charge. Both offers expire at midnight on Dec. 19 (that’s tomorrow!) SO GET ON IT. If you’re looking for more delicious vegan treats, VegNews* has a store up and running that includes some damn cute holiday cards & VEGAN MARSHMALLOWS (plus lots more awesome stuff!). Also, giving a subscription (available in tree-free form too for all you people who care about the Environment GOD) to the magazine is only $20 and spreads the vegan love all year long! Finally, Herbivore put out a gorgeous coffee table book of their art. It’s a super classy present.
5. Finally finally, just about every animal rescue takes a beating around the holidays. Whether it’s a farm animal sanctuary that experiences an influx of turkeys or a cat rescue that overflows with discarded holiday kittens, all animal charities accept donations and are grateful as hell for the help. Is that curmudgeonly aunt of yours a secret rabbit person? Donate to Save A Bunny in her name! Bam! Done! Have a friend who loves cats but can’t reasonably take in another one? Donate to Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue, and they’ll do the taking in for her. Oh, and there’s always the Physician’s Committee For Responsible Medicine,* The Humane Society, Rocket Dog Rescue,* Grey2K USA, Animal Place, Compassion Over Killing, Mercy For Animals, Animal Acres, Home At Last, and many, many others. All you need is a credit card or paypal account, and your holiday shopping is just minutes away from being done.
*Members of Vegansaurus are presently employed by/volunteer for these organizations.
This week’s SF Vegan Bakesale earned over $2,600 (IN ONE DAY) for Give Me Shelter Cat Rescue!!! Give Me Shelter also adopted out two cats!!!! SO RAD. I am still in shock about the amount of money we made, was totally expecting to make around $1,500 but DANG. We would have made more if we didn’t completely run out by 2:30 pm. NIGHTMARE. With over 50 bakers, I didn’t think that would be possible but people TURNED IT OUT. So all that means is that next time, we need YOU! to bake. It doesn’t have to be fancy-fancy. Everyone can make cookies, right? EVEN YOU.
Oh and the San Francisco Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines (SFCHRP) collected $193.00 for victims of Typhoon Ondoy (a.k.a. Ketsana). Plus, lots of clothing and relief goods!! They are obviously looking for more so if you are interested in donating, please contact them!
VegNews magazine, À Côté Restaurant, Sugar Beat Sweets, Violet Sweet Shoppe, Idle Hands Baking Company, Cinnaholic (who we heard also won FIRST PLACE & photographers choice at the SF Food Wars Mini Cupcake Clash on Sunday! Congratulations!!!), Fat Bottom Bakery, Pure Life Chef, Mood for Food/Philip Gelb, Avi’s Vegan Treats, Laura Lemon, Brassica Supper Club, Ike’s Place, Love All Beings, Say It’s Not Soy, It’s Faturday, Vegan Homemade, I eat cupcakes, UGH I KNOW I’m forgetting people. Amazing people. Crap. Email me if I don’t have you on here and I’ll add you asap! Also email me if you’re interested in participating in the next one, we’re thinking sometime around the holidays. Let’s DO THIS.