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Win a Gift Bag Fit for the Stars!

The following article was written by PETA social media coordinator Royale.

As you probably know, we recently celebrated 30 years of groundbreaking work for animals and honored activists and celebrities for their dedication to PETA’s mission. Not everyone could make it out to Los Angeles for the celebration, though some of us were lucky enough to be tweeting live from the red carpet. Someone had to tweet photos of Kellan Lutz, right? So instead, I hope you joined in on the festivities by catching our live streaming event on Facebook—or maybe you watched footage from the event again and again (hoping to see more Kellan) here.

In any case, there is one thing that you couldn’t get unless you attended the gala—or couldn’t get until now! The G-I-F-T-B-A-G! That’s right, I’ve nabbed a gift bag fit for the stars, and now you have a chance to win it!

What is in said gift bag, you ask? Let me break it down for you. The winner of the gift bag will receive the following:

That’s a whole lotta loot, no?

Tell me about a gift that you have given to an animal in the comments section below and then fill out the form here. Your gift could be choosing not to eat animals’ babies, giving an adopted animal a forever home, or making a donation. Submit your entry by October 28, 2010. One winner will be chosen at random and notified on November 1, 2010.

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  • Lexi Turner says:

    my gift is not eating animal’s babies and apdopting animals from shelter where they would of been killed. I have been a vegitarian for over a year and on and off before then, but when i wasn’t a vegitarian i made sure they had a long happy life before. I love animals and would never hurt them, Since i have been a vegitarian i haqve gotten a lot of others to be, too, and most people who have decided not to be one, i have gotten to limmit there meat. I wear buttons on all my bags and have stickers on my ipod, my phone, anything else that would be seen by people on a regular basis, that premote vegitarianism, non animal testing, and other Cruelity-free ways. I have posters all over my walls and even a shelf with animal sulptures that i call my “PETA wall” I am working on getting disswections in my shool to stop, in my brothers high-school as well. All my animals are from shelters, exept for my bunny, (who we didnt buy from a breader)who we found when going to buy cat food, his owner had left him at the Pet Smart when she had to went to college.

  • SillyGirl says:

    The best gift i was ever able to give my two kittes is a home. My kitten taz ran into my house on holloween night and my cat minxy we saved during a hurrican.

  • Vegan_Libra says:

    First off, I went vegan about a month ago. That is one way I am doing for animals. Also, a few years ago I rescued a lost kitten. I was on my porch one night when this little gray ball of fur appeared out of nowhere. I couldn’t let it roam alone becuase there were a lot of dogs in the area, and it was cold out. I am HIGHLY allergic to cats, but I doped up on Benadryl for a week and kept the kitten until I could find it a proper home. I bought it a litter box and toys, fed it and let it sleep curled up on my head. That weekend my neighbor down the street took her. She had another cat not too much older, and they made fast friends! I named her Mystic, Mysti for short. I was happy to help her find a loving home!

  • Signe Leimonte says:

    I’ve given home for 3 dogs and 3 cats, who were about to get killed, cuz they we’re born unwanted.
    And Im visiting our towns animal shelter and bringing them toys and snacks :) You cant even imagine their happy facen when they see me coming with full hands of treats for them…Ugh, I love them! :)

  • Anika says:

    Choosing to be a lifelong vegetarian, and volunteering at the BCSPCA, as well as saving my pet budgies from the animal shelter!

  • Fanny says:

    After spending months, even years, of wondering if I could go without eating meat, I finally decided to do my part to stop the slaugther and become vegeterian last night.

  • Robyn says:

    I have always wanted a pedigree cat, but decided to adopt, instead. It has been the best decision my family could have made-our little cat, Crumpet, has been such a joy and perfect companion for us over the past years. We love her oh so much!

  • yosoycharly says:

    I rescued two feral kittens that had been born in an delapidated house and then abandoned by their mother. One kitten I was able to catch rather quickly. It took almost three weeks of feeding and coaxing for me to get close enough to the other kitten to catch her and then another month after she was captured for her to adjust to living in a house. That was over a year ago and they have both turned out to be great cats. We named them CC (short for Crazy Cat) and Shere Khan. They still look like they are about 6 months old most likely from being so malnourished for the first couple months of their lives. But, they are fun and loving cats who now have forever homes with people who will always look after them and love them.

  • Al says:

    I was walking at a strip mall one day when I visited a animal rescue adoption being held there. I always liked dogs and other animals but didn’t desire to own any until a female Shepard/golden lab mix came up to me and wanted to be next to me only out of all the other people there. One girl working the rescue adoption said that you have to adopt this dog because she didn’t take to any other person and nobody wanted her because she was disfigured on her face from a house fire. After hearing that I decided yes, I will adopt her and then took her(Kacey) home with me. After taking Kacey home I noticed Kacey was very quiet, a little mopey and slept a lot. A week later the same animal shelter called me up and told me of a dog that was Kacey’s room mate at the shelter for over six months. This person said that this other dog was extremely depressed and they were worried about her thinking that maybe this other female named Gretchen missed Kacey badly. I decided to bring Kacey to another location to meet her ex room mate Gretchen, a Chow/Shepard mix. When I arrived with Kacey for the visit I could not believe what I saw as these two doggies kissed and greeted each other like they haven’t seen each other in years. Gretchen and Kacey were all perky and tail wagging like crazy as if their whole personalities had changed instantly. So knowing that these two girls were buddies for life I could not help not adopting Gretchen. Since I had both of these doggies at home, they eat, sleep, play, and do everything together like sisters. One will not go anywhere without the other it is so nice to see. Now everyday I’m so happy I had taken that walk to the mall and at the same time had rescued two of the most happiest lovable dogs I ever seen.

  • dayle says:

    I have very recently become a vegetarian & I will now start to raise my 3 year & 1.5 year old that way as well… as they grow their ‘normal’ will be no meat and hopefully they will teach some of their little friends throughout the years!!! Pay it forward & it multiples 10 fold!!!

  • Karen MacLeod says:

    I choose to live a vegan lifestyle, as well as try to help any animal that needs me. I have rescued fallen baby birds to abandoned baqby squireels. I own only 1 shelter dog right now. But have a slew of cats that live with us. I also try to keep food out for any strays that might happen by.

  • Shiree Conner says:

    I have taken in 5 rescue dogs but also have recently become a vegan. My husband was driving out of state for work and past a meat truck and told me how horrible it was just watching the faces of the animals crammed in the truck. Since then we have become vegetarians and more recently through reading articles and info on PETA’s website and mail we have decided to become vegan. And I can’t be more proud of my family.

  • Brooke says:

    I work at a barn, and there are cats and kittens running all over the place. So, periodically, I take kittens to my Veterinary Science class, clean them up, and adopt them out. So far, we’ve adopted out eight kittens (two litters of three, one litter of two), all to wonderful forever homes. I’ve never eaten lambchops, veal, or pig, and I am proud to say that for one month now I have been a vegetarian (so the gift bag would TOTALLY help because my mother’s freaking out over food/recipes), so hopefully I’ve saved a few lives.
    My two cats are both rescues. One we raised from two weeks old -he was abandoned by his mother-, and my other I rescued from the Veterinarian’s Office where I work.
    I’m a Veterinarian Technician’s assistant. I help save lives of animals every time I step into the office and put my scrubs.
    I’m a member of several conservation societies and continuously donate money throughout the year, so hopefully I’ve saved many lives of wildlife all over the world.

  • Pam says:

    Vegan, volunteer at no-kill cat shelter, foster for several high need felines, animal rescuer extraordinaire, monthly donations to local Humane Society and no-kill cat shelter, advocate for veganism–spreading the gospel!

  • Alison says:

    I already have two rescue kittens, but a few months ago I discovered that a family had moved from their home without realizing that their cat had given birth to TEN kittens outside. They were only two weeks old and without food or shelter, so I took them all home! My family and I gave them multiple baths (they were infested with fleas), took them to the vet, gave them all the necessary medications for worms and ear mites, and were able to find every single one a loving home. I miss them but I am so pleased that they are all going to live long happy lives!

  • BigJ says:

    I confronted a guy (a friend of a friend) who hit his dogs for discipline. This guy and I actually got into a fist fight of our own, and I was banged up but without serious injury. So, I put myself in harms way to help some dogs I had never met until that day :)

  • Chrissy says:

    I used to help care for a dog that had been abused and kicked by her alcoholic owner. Part German Shepherd and part Golden Retriever, Goldie was a beautiful and sweet dog, with a lovely spirit about her. Sadly, she suffered some effects from the abuse, but eventually several of us got her to live out her days on a farm. I still have her in my heart, almost 20 years later.

  • Becka says:

    My husband adopted a dog for me three years ago. He knew I wanted a dog, but only if it was from an animal shelter. I loved the dog so much we adopted two more so he would have friends to play with! Now we are a huge, happy family.

  • Leuise says:

    I gave my dog some old clothes that were too small for me, but they fit him perfectly.

  • Gail says:

    I rescued my female Maltese Chynna, she was fostering in Central Florida and had previously been in a puppy mill. When I saw her picture on Petfinder.com she wasn’t much to look at, but I was in love. Her first vet visit was a bit traumatic since we had to leave her, she had terrible teeth and the worst bad breath. Chynna needed 17 teeth removed and is probably why she weighed less than 5 lbs. She has since gained too much weight (oops), I just can’t say no and she deserves to be spoiled everyday and she is. I want to make up for the abuse she suffered at the hands of an uncaring, unkind and abusive person. She has thrived since coming to her forever home and she’s an absolute joyful addition.

  • qbertm says:

    I am giving animal products in every way. I am giving by refusing to buy the products that contain any animal derivatives.

  • CayleyMarie says:

    I’ve taken in an abandoned cat and dog and given them loving homes and good health.

  • Cait says:

    I stopped eating meat six months ago, I just could not reconcile loving animals and eating meat. I feel much better, I am glad to have made the switch. In terms of gift giving, we adopted our dog Bailey last year. We spoil her rotten, but she is the true gift.

  • Lisa S says:

    Found a tiny kitten in a parking lot just before the 4th of July. Someone had set off a firecracker in his mouth. He had flash burns on his eyes and his tongue was blistered. His hearing and vision were impaired for awhile. Had him adopted to a forever home before he was even well enough to leave the vet. He was named Diesel because he hid up a tire rim while trying to retrieve him in a greasy parking spot.He was able to make a full revovery and is loved completely.

  • Meggiers2010 says:

    All my kids (Cats) are resuces. The first one we found with his momma and litter in a 110 degree heat. Missouri heat is humid too. We took one kitten-my orange tabby, Zoey. Then we took the rest of the clan to a no-kill shealter to find wonderful homes. My second baby, we found at my husband’s grandma’s house in the winter with snow on the ground. Dewey had a bo-boo from a racoon. We took him into the house cleaned him up and kept him warm, til the next day when we could take him to see the vet. Our third kid, we found on the side of the road. She was weak and covered with fleas. Not to metion diarrah. (Poor baby girl). We took her to the vet and got her on meds. All 3 kitties are wonderful INDOOR cats! They’re my world. I didn’t save them, they saved me!

  • Kelsey says:

    I currently have 12 rescued pets, I foster kittens for a local rescue, I have been a vegetarian since I was six (yes, by my own choice), and a vegan for the past couple years. I am now 18 and am trying to start an animal rights and/or vegan club at my college.

  • wekeeplookingup says:

    I was moved to tears that would not quit with Rev.Meg Schramm’s story about her dog Hooch who is now Buck. This was very well written and truly shows the intelligence and overwhelming joy an animal can bring to everyone’s lives and there is no price tag you can put on that. I praise God that you asked God and he helped both you and Buck. What a beautiful story that made my day. Thank you for the tears of joy. May God continue to bless all the animal lovers who fight for the lives of these precious animals that he created (including the bugs) and continue to bless each and every animal. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Lindsey says:

    I adopted an adorable abandoned mutt and named him Chester! He looks vicious, but is one of the sweetest dogs ever!

  • Kelly says:

    I adopted a 7 year old pug 4 years ago from a pug rescue. She had a story, don’t they all–and when the rescue got her, she had both front legs broken and her right hip broken. So with the love and money from the pug rescue, they fixed her up and gave her a second chance at life. I now volunteer every moment I have to the pug rescue and try to find forever homes to these sweet, lovable dogs.
    I guess you could say I gave her a gift of life, love and a home, but in the end, she has really been the gift to me and my husband!

  • Sonia Horon says:

    Vegeterian for about 2 years, adopted 2 cats and will adopt a dog shortly

  • Sonia Horon says:

    Vegeterian for about 2 years, adopted 2 cats and will adopt a dog shortly

  • Catlyn says:

    a gift i have given many times, is second chances with local cats. Rescuing them and nursing them back to health, then finding homes for them. One incident was recently, when i found a kitten who was hit in the road but still alive. People kept driving by, but i stopped and picked her up. She didnt survive much longer than an hour, but atleast i know she didnt pass away alone or by someone hitting her again.

  • Michael Essi says:

    Every single day I make the choice not to eat animals as I belong to the evolved human race. I keep my eyes open for animals in need wherever I go. I educate others when the opportunity arises. Lastly, I make sure that my two dogs are treated very well, with dignity and respect, and not as accessories! I love them daily, let them see more than the walls in my home, and I do this on a daily basis. The only exception is when we’ve done double time at the dog park; and then we all just want to crash in the bed for the day and get snuggly and rested for our next big adventure.

  • scarletbegonias724 says:

    The best gift I’ve given is the one of life. Be it through my choice to be a vegan, waiting for the squirrel to cross the road or saving a dog, due to be gased in a shelter, that no one else wanted and giving him a fanastic home. I am proud of all of these choices.

  • tiedyed78 says:

    I chose to give up meat over 12 years ago and am now raising my daughter to me meat-free, too! Teaching her about why we choose not to eat meat and how to embrace all kinds of life feels like an awesome gift that I can share for the benefit of animals all over.

  • Lissa Tiffin says:

    I have adopted 6 bunnies from Pet stores. Now they eat better than I do! lol They have their own grocery shopping day. They love to play in the sun and they even have a wagon they lay side by side in for their daily wagon ride around the block. They love it.

  • Lori says:

    I don’t eat meat or dairy; I have adopted a dog from the local Humane Society (Bowser – the sweetest, cutest Beagle mix!); and I take the dogs currently staying at the shelter for a run a couple times a week…very rewarding!

  • Jenna says:

    I’ve been fostering dogs for Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue for over 5 years :o)

  • Kiki says:

    I have been so enlightened by Peta that have decided to adopy a Vegan, organic lifestyle and the greatest gift I can give to animals is to not eat anything with a face, its that simple. I cant look at my dog’s face and think it is ok to eat another animal. I don’t want their suffering transferred to my own soul…

  • Melanie says:

    I rescued my 1 yr old adorable yorkie-poo Abby from a puppy mill. She has been a precious gift to my daughter and myself. After almost 34 years of eating meat, I have transitioned to being a Vegetarian and it is the best decision I have ever made. I also will not buy any products that are tested on animals.

  • Sharlene says:

    I rescued my cat “Princess” from an abusive home 8 years ago and gave her a safe comfortable life in my home with my kids where she really is treated like a princess. We adopted our dog “Nero” from a friend who was going to put him down because he felt he didn’t have any other choice.

    And finally, as of today, I started to live a Vegan life so I can help save a few other “anonymous” animals in the world.

  • Copperboom says:

    I drove 3 hours to pick up a dog who needed to be rescued 4 years ago and he has been my best friend ever since. In his honor, I also have gone completely cruelty free and have never looked back!

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