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Helping Animals At Risk Mystery Box Review + Coupon – December 2017

Anna Rodriguez
ByAnna RodriguezJan 25, 2018 | 13 comments

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Helping Animals at Risk is an organization and online retailer that works to help endangered animals, and they are now offering a Monthly Animal Mystery Box to further that goal. That's definitely a cause I could get behind!

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This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of the Animal Mystery Box for $19.95 a month + shipping.

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About Animal Mystery Box

The Subscription Box: Animal Mystery Box by Helping Animals at Risk

The Cost: $19.95 per month + shipping

ACTIVE DEAL: Save $3 off your first box!

The Products: At least five products with a total retail value of at least $50 centered around one endangered animal, to include lifestyle items such as jewelry, accessories, and phone cases

Ships to: US for $3.95, Everywhere else for additional cost (the website asks that you enter your address for accurate shipping costs)

Animal Mystery Box December 2017 Review

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This is the letter that was included in my package, detailing the contents.  It looks like this month's box is centered around the big cats!

animals at risk december 2017 decal

Lion Sticker for Clothes - Listed Value $9.95

I think this is an iron-on decal, but I'm not 100% sure. There is a link listed on the info sheet for how to apply this to an item of clothing, but the page is blank. In any case, I hope we figure out how to apply it because this is absolutely beautiful! I love the design!

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Exclusive Cat Necklace - Retail Value $19.95 (found here for $9.95)

The color scheme of this cat necklace is different than the one linked above, which is what makes this piece exclusive to the Mystery Box! This is so pretty, and perfect for any cat lover! I'm not sure what it is made of, but the website does promise that it is lead, nickel, and cadmium free. The chain is about 18" long with a 4" extender.

animals at risk december 2017 earrings

Cat Earrings - Retail Value $17.95 (found on sale here for $9.95)

These little matching earrings are so cute! They are about 1" x 1.5".  These are also lead, nickel, and cadmium free. I am thinking about my girlfriends that are "cat ladies" and how much they would love these earrings as a gift!

animals at risk december 2017 flags

Cat Memo Pad - Listed Value $7.95

These are actually paper flags. I use them all the time as bookmarks, so I am happy to have more. And in cat form, no less!

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Anti-stress Cat Toy - Listed Value $9.95

This little kitty is too cute! It's not really resistant enough to be a good stress toy, and I think the listed price is a bit steep for what it is, though.

animals at risk december 2017 lion

Exclusive Lion Brooch - Listed Value $17.95

This is very pretty! It is not available for sale in their online shop, but there is a similar lion pendant, so I think it is safe to say that this piece is also lead, nickel, and cadmium free. The colored bits appear to be resin, but I'm not sure what the metal is.

The Verdict: I think the Helping Animals at Risk Mystery Box is really fun! I think the jewelry is so pretty and colorful! It might sound strange, but I think the lion decal is the prettiest piece in the box! I preferred last month's box, but this one is fun, too. I know my cat-loving friends would definitely enjoy this box. I like the idea that this subscription helps animals, but I agree with some readers from last month that it is kind of unclear how. Their website lists several charities that have benefitted from this company, but they are pretty vague about how exactly that works.

To Wrap Up:

Can you still get this box if you sign up today? From Helping Animals At Risk:

You will be charged for the initial box as soon as you subscribe, and from that moment on we will charge you at the end of each month. All the boxes will be shipped first week of each month and should be at your home last week of the month.

Coupon – Use code AWESOME3 to save $3 off your first box!

Value Breakdown: This box costs $23.90 a month including shipping. I received a total of six products this month, which is a value of $3.98 per item. 

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Anna Rodriguez
Anna Rodriguez
Anna has been a fan of subscription boxes since joining Birchbox in 2013, but didn't become a true addict until discovering subscriptions she could share with her children. Her favorites include Kiwi Crate and Fab Kids.

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This is one of the owners of Helping Animals At Risk. First of all we want to clarify that we are not and we do not pretend to be a Charity. Helping Animals At Risk is a private Company created by two animal lovers. As we love animals we decided to donate part of our profits to animal NPOs.

So you understand how we work, we arrange our donations in three ways:

– In some cases, animal protection NPOs contact us asking not for money, but to donate a certain amount of our products so that they can use them as promotional materials in their fundraising events, or even raffle them. They can make potentially hundreds or even thousands of dollars this way.

– In other cases, they ask us for a specific monetary donations. As their requests are always very reasonable, in the range of several hundreds of dollars, our answer is always yes.

– And in the third scenario, we proactively look for Animal Protection charities or organizations and contact them ourselves offering a donation, which can be a one-off donation, or a recurring one. The amount varies depending on the impact we think our donation may have, and the frequency, but typical amounts are $300, $500 and $1000

Incidentally, if you know of any such organization that could benefit from our help, just send us a link to their website or FB page and we will take it from there.

Caveat: we do NOT donate to zoos (unless they are injured animals recovery centers open to the public) as we don’t see zoos as an animal protection activity, unfortunately it’s quite the opposite in many cases where animals are kept in horrible conditions.

If you want to check the list of organizations we have helped in the past, you can see it in the “Our Promise” page at https://www.helpinganimalsatrisk.com/pages/our-promise

You could also check the pages of some of the companies we support. Below you have ans example of a few of them. There you will find info about our company


Helping Animals at Risk

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I wish the company would make an official statement about how it donates…

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I agree with the other commenters that this organization looks like a scam. It’s not a charity, it’s a for-profit company that claims to donate “part of [its] net profits” to charities focused on animal welfare: https://www.helpinganimalsatrisk.com/pages/our-promise. Notice they don’t specify what percentage of profits they donate—it could be 0.001%. A truly philanthropic organization would be transparent about this.

The language used in the included letter is what got my spidey sense tingling—it reads like it was written by somebody trying (but not very hard) to sound like a native English speaker. There’s nothing wrong with not speaking English well per se, but coupled with the fact that each of these jewelry pieces looks like cheap junk that’s probably manufactured by the thousands in China, it really makes me question the legitimacy of the organization.

PLEASE do not support this company by continuing to review its products.

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Liz Cadman

Thanks for your feedback on this. Based on MSA reader concerns, we’re pausing reviews on this box for now, and we’ll look into the charity component more.

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Thanks, Liz.

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Thanks, Liz.

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Treat Choself

Totally agree. Last month’s review had similar
comments asking MSA for more details about the donations and … here it is reviewed again with all the company’s claims left unexamined. MSA lately feels like blatant advertising for sub boxes without any substantive critiques. It’s gone from a daily read website for me to an occasional if that read because of this loss of balance. I miss the old MSA, where this kind of potential scam would have been investigated and reported on.

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This box looks like a scam, all this stuff is from Dollar store. I bought a bunch of those squishy toy (like 10 of them) for $5 on Amazon.
Don’t buy this. I highly doubt they donate anything too.

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Another vote for not reviewing this box – sketchy company and cheap jewelry (NOT centered around one endangered animal as they claim – just random animal items). If they were legit they’d be specific on WHO they are donating money to AND what percentage of profits they are donating.

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That would be really sad if they were claiming to use proceeds towards the preservation of endangered animals, and then maybe putting pennies worth. Unfortunately, there seems to be a lot of people who are willing to take advantage of the goodwill of others.

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I wish y’all wouldn’t review this. Such a sketchy company and everything in the box can be bought for pennies on AliExpress

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How is this a sketchy company?

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They are selling $3 worth of junk for $20 and saying it’s for good cause, but there is zero proof that any profits are being donated to any charity.

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