Although it may sound cute, wrapping up a puppy or a kitten up in a big red box isn't the most practical or wise gift. A better way to please the animal-lover in your life may be to symbolically adopt a species through the World Wildlife Fund. Your donation toward one of 104 threatened species, which range from tigers to sea turtles to butterflies, helps protect animals and their habitats. Depending on the size of your gift (donations typically range from $25 to $250), your recipient can also receive a plush version of your chosen species. The World Wildlife Fund, which has been around since 1961 and works in 100 countries, spends about 77% of its funds on programs.
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