This article was featured in WYDaily on 12/23/22.
The hustle and bustle of the season of giving is in full swing and The Heritage Humane Society is making it easy for everyone with many holiday gifting options. From individuals to organizations and businesses, these gifts are sure to warm the hearts of recipients while providing life-changing care for the shelter’s homeless pets.

The Heritage Humane Society houses the largest population of homeless pets in Greater Williamsburg. Running 24-hours a day, 7-days a week, year-round, thousands of dogs, cats, and other small pets arrive at the shelter in various conditions.
Sometimes they are rescued from inhumane circumstances, neglected, and in desperate need of care and a better life. Other times there are family circumstances where caring for their pet is heartbreakingly no longer possible. There are dogs and cats with litters found at construction sites, under decks, or in buildings. Others are stray who need to know they belong. Some arrive with medical needs requiring urgent medical care.

Shop local, support local

The Heritage Humane Society makes it so easy to help these sweet souls. Every donation stays right here in the Greater Williamsburg community. Life-changing differences are made every day thanks to local support that stays local.
One-click giving. Donating online takes less than a minute, yet is a gift that will leave a lasting impact long after the holidays. The Heritage Humane Society relies on the generosity of local businesses and community members to provide for about 80% of the shelter’s funding. You can make a difference in their lives. Donation options vary including one time, monthly, and planned giving options.
Holiday Sponsorship Cards. Looking for the perfect present for an animal lover in your life? Make a donation in their name. Pet sponsorship gifts go towards providing food and healthcare for shelter pets. This is a gift that will leave a lasting impression on the recipient long after the holidays. There are three festive card options to choose from. Oh, and it’s tax deductible!

Amazon Smile. Did you know every item available for purchase on is also available on AmazonSmile ( at the same price? The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice (wink, wink, The Heritage Humane Society)!

Holiday Fur Tree. You’re invited to be a part of this treasured community tradition. The Holiday Fur Tree warms the hearts of many when they see it in Downtown Williamsburg on Prince George Street. With the purchase of a bright red bow from the shelter, the name(s) of pet-lovers or pet(s), past or present, are inscribed in their honor. This tax-deductible contribution will benefit the homeless pets at Heritage Humane Society. The tree will be up through early January of 2022. This gift can be purchased in person at The Heritage Humane Society or Holiday Fur Tree bows may be ordered online.

ReTAIL Store. Looking for the purr-fect holiday gifts? The Heritage Humane Society’s ReTAIL Store is conveniently located in the shelter’s lobby. Every pet treat, toys, and gear, along with a big collection of pet lover’s hoodies, shirts, cups, and ornaments, lets you get some holiday shopping done while helping the very homeless pets in your community shelter all at the same time! During the holidays, purchases of $25 or more include a free tote bag.

One of the hottest gifts is the new Neuter Nuts. A witty collaboration with Virginia Diner, 18 oz. tins of Neuter Nuts are gourmet salted Virginia peanuts. All proceeds benefit The Heritage Humane Society Spay and Neuter Fund. Considering that in just seven years, a single pair of cats and their offspring could produce a staggering total of 420,000 kittens, the sales of Neuter Nuts benefit animal and community welfare throughout Greater Williamsburg.

The ReTAIL Store is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily except it closes at 3 p.m. Christmas and New Year’s Eve and is closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
Supply Wish List. Even the homeless pets of The Heritage Humane Society have holidays lists. By donating much-needed items from the supply list, businesses and individuals are fulfilling wishes. Items may also be purchased from The Heritage Humane Society’s Amazon Wish List and have them shipped directly to our shelter.

Holiday scratchers where everyone is a winner

While The Heritage Humane Society cautions against impulse adoptions of pets as gifts during the holiday season, for those considering adding to their family, there are many dogscats, and small pets at the shelter whose holiday wish is to be adopted. During the holiday season while supplies last, new adopters will also receive a special Heritage Humane Society holiday scratcher. When they scratch it off, a shopping discount will be revealed for any purchase they make the day of adoption at the ReTAIL Store.
To learn more, visit, call 757-221-0150, or visit The Heritage Humane Society located at 430 Waller Mill Rd, Williamsburg, VA 23185.

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