Published by Katherine Sullivan.

Tax filing season is almost over, and you know what that means—refund season is upon us! But instead of buying unnecessary, frivolous stuff, why not use your tax refund to help someone in need? We’ve come up with nine ways that you can spend your tax refund to help animals—and because it’s never too early to prep for next year’s taxes, some are tax-deductible in the U.S.!

1. Donate to PETA (Tax-Deductible)

The victories that we win for animals wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of PETA donors who share our commitment to making the world a better place for all living beings. Use your tax refund to help animals who are suffering on massive industrialized farms, in the fur industry, in laboratories, and in circuses and for other cruel forms of entertainment.

2. Sponsor a Doghouse (Tax-Deductible)

Use your tax refund to be an “angel” for a lonely dog chained outdoors without any protection from the elements. When you sponsor a doghouse, you’ll make a difference in the life of a neglected “outdoor dog.”

3. Purchase a ‘Buy One, Give One’ Dog Toy

Do you have a companion dog at home? Spend your tax refund on your furry friend! This plush dog toy is the perfect way to give your four-legged best friend hours of fun and exercise while helping animals in need. For every toy sold, Bears for Humanity will donate one to a neglected “backyard dog” through PETA’s Community Animal Project.

4. Become a PETA Member (Tax-Deductible)

Show your commitment to ending the suffering and abuse of all animals by using your tax refund to become a PETA member.

5. Give a Bale of Straw (Tax-Deductible)

For dogs forced to live outdoors during cold winter months, straw provides their shelters with much-needed insulation. For just $7, PETA can buy and deliver a bale of straw to a “backyard dog” struggling during long days and nights outside.

6. Arm Yourself With Ingrid Newkirk’s Book Making Kind Choices

Every day, each of us is faced with choices: We can choose to hurt or help and to be cruel or kind. In Making Kind Choices, PETA President Ingrid Newkirk explains how simple choices that we make every day at the dinner table and grocery store can have a lifesaving impact on animals.

Bonus: All profits from PETA Catalog merchandise sales go directly toward supporting PETA’s vital work for animals.

7. Go Shopping at the PETA Mall

Want to use your tax refund to spoil yourself a bit? Why not help animals at the same time? The PETA Mall includes a variety of compassionate companies that support our groundbreaking work through PETA Business Friends membership.

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8. Take a Magical—and Vegan—Trip to Disneyland!

Disneyland tickets aren’t cheap. So use your tax refund to visit “the happiest place on Earth”—just be sure to eat vegan while you’re there. From snacks to entrées to desserts, you can enjoy a fun-filled day at Disneyland with a belly full of delicious vegan food. By eating vegan, you’re actively opposing the damage that the meat industry does to our health, the environment, and animals.

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9. Accessorize for Spring With These Chic Luxury Vegan Handbags

If it’s tax season, that means that spring has sprung. Use your tax refund to treat yourself to a new vegan handbag that’s perfect for spring. By purchasing only vegan products, you’ll send a powerful message to companies that continue to use animal skins.

So before you blow your tax refund, ask yourself—how can I spend it in a way that will benefit animals in need?

If you didn’t receive a tax refund this year, our condolences—but if you still want to make a difference for animals, check out our step-by-step guide to becoming an effective animal rights activist.

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