Shop for the Animals

Not like this. Photo by maury.mccown. Licensed under creative commons

If there’s one thing being an American has taught me, it’s that the best way to support your favorite cause is to go shopping. Just kidding. Buying pink scissors doesn’t help women, and buying a chicken sandwich certainly doesn’t help humans. Or chickens.

But occasionally this buying thing actually works. On Saturday, August 11, over 35 businesses have pledge to give 10% of their sales for the day to three animal sanctuaries: Out to Pasture Sanctuary, Hope Animal Sanctuary, and Chimp Sanctuary Northwest. The goal is to raise $20,000.

The Century part of “Sanctuary Century” refers to a 100 mile bike ride fundraiser to for these sanctuaries. If shopping isn’t your thing, you can donate directly to sponsor the riders.

Texas participating businesses include Happy Vegan Bakery, Rabbit Food Grocery, and Capital City Bakery. If you’re not in Austin or just don’t need any more cupcakes/soy curls/brownies, many online businesses are participating, too. A full list is available on the Sanctuary Century Facebook page.