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A Multi-Tasking Guide: Drink While You Donate to Animal Shelters

You really can have it all.

by Avery Felman
September 20, 2022
A man in dark clothes and a woman in a magenta shirt and overalls, both holding cocktails, smiling and looking down at their dog.
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It’s hard not to love pets. They’re cute, they’re cuddly, and they make excellent companions — whether that’s joining you for a outdoor bevvy at your favorite neighborhood restaurant, enjoying some cocktails with friends in the backyard, or, more likely, chilling solo with a glass of wine on the couch after work. There they are, being the most adorable ever. So, it should come as no surprise that fellow dog people and philanthropic business owners have chosen to give back to the pet community by donating a portion of their proceeds to animal shelters.

While it’s practically common knowledge at this point that Tito’s Vodka is a huge supporter of animal rescues, there are many mom and pops that are doing the same. From local breweries to wine vineyards and handcrafted distilleries, there’s no shortage of ways to take the edge off while contributing to a worthy cause: helping pets live happier lives. Below, 11 alcohol brands that give back to rescues.

Tito’s Vodka

If you’re a fan of vodka and pups, grab Tito’s the next time you stock the bar. The distiller’s ongoing Vodka for Dog People program donates to nonprofits supporting pets in threatening situations. Over the past year, Tito’s contributed $43,000 to GreaterGood.org, which provides vet care relief for financially burdened pet owners who are affected by the pandemic. On top of that, they sell Tito’s-themed squeaky toys, walk kits, tees, and even an adorable puppy calendar to raise money for the cause. I mean, who could pass up seeing cute dog faces 12 months in a row?

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two beers side by side

Second Chance Beer Co. donates one percent of their profits to local animal rescues including Second Chance Dog Rescue, The Animal Pad, and Shelter to Soldier. The organizations help homeless dogs get adopted, rehabilitate pups with trauma, and rescue animals from high-kill shelters. These shelters are doing good on a grassroots level. Impressively, they’ve already given over $21,000 back to rescues and communities since 2015. As a part of their “Seize a Pint, Save a Pup” pledge, Second Chance has set a goal of $5,000 in contributions to these organizations for this year. They have already raised over $1,000, and they’re on their way to their goal — but would benefit from a boost in revenue (wink, wink).

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three wines lined up

Located in the heart of the wine-growing region of Central California, Chateau La Paws aims to create affordable wines that not only taste great but give back to a good cause. Thus, they began selling wines from Rosenblum Cellars to raise profits in support of no-kill shelters. So far, Chateau La Paws has donated over $100,000 to North Shore Animal League America to help fund their mission of rescuing, rehabilitating, and placing as many dogs in homes as possible.

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Bottles of rose wine

Based in Napa Valley, California, ONEHOPE upholds the concept of giving back to worthy causes, which is why they allow their customers to give 10 percent of their purchases to the charity of their choosing. They’ve donated over $8 million to charitable causes and have no intention of slowing down anytime soon. To get started, all you need to do is type in the name of your favorite charity (ahem, looking at you pet lovers!) in the drop-down menu, select your bottle or bottles, and head to checkout.

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rescue red wine in a bottle

Begun by self proclaimed “animal loving hippies,” Chris and Breanna Hamilton, Rancho Rossa Vineyards donates proceeds from their winery to multiple animal-centric non-profits, including Rescued Hearts Cellars. Inspired by their late dog, Georgie, Rancho Rossa now donates 100 percent of the profits from all of the non-profit items in their store to charities. In 2021, they raised over $22,500; the proceeds have gone toward grants for medical intervention for pets in need. The Hamiltons currently have three rescue dogs that live and work alongside them on the vineyard.

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bottle of red from see ya later ranch

Based in Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, See Ya Later Ranch was founded with the mission to honor the memory of the founder’s late pooch through its Jimmy My Pal wine donation program. At See Ya Later, 25 cents from every bottle sold (plus all bottle deposits from the tasting room and restaurant) is donated to the SPCA of British Columbia. Considering that, it’s no wonder the organization granted the winery the “Caring Company of the Year” award in 2015.

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Avery, editor at The Wildest, and her cat, Chicken

Avery Felman

Avery is an editor at The Wildest. She has written for numerous publications, including Refinery29, BuzzFeed, and V Magazine. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her fiancé and cat, Chicken, and has high hopes that one of them will let her adopt a dog.