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Helping Animals At Risk Mystery Box Review + Coupon – Welcome Box

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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 to review. (Check out our review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)

This is a review of the Animal Mystery Box Welcome Box.

About Animal Mystery Box

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

The Cost: $19.95 per month + shipping

COUPON: Use code AWESOME3 to 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 Welcome Box Review

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This review is of the Welcome Mystery Box. Usually, boxes are themed around one animal, but this seems to be a bit of a sampler. This is the letter that was included in my package, detailing the contents.

Turtle Phone Holder and Earphone Winder

Turtle Phone Holder and Earphone Winder

Turtle Phone Holder and Earphone Winder – Retail Value $7.99, Listed Value $9.99

Y’all, I feel so stupid. I took this little guy out of the box and immediately assumed he was a tub toy and handed him to my nine-year-old. Now he is gone forever. It turns out, he’s a really cool phone stand and earbud holder! He has suction cups all over the bottom, and you stick him to the back of your phone which allows your phone to stand! You can stand it in either landscape or portrait position. You can also flip his shell up and wind your earbuds around a central post, then flip the shell back down to keep your earbuds! That’s so cool! I am so seriously bummed I will probably never see him again.

Exclusive Turtle Necklace

Exclusive Turtle Necklace

Exclusive Turtle Necklace – Retail Value $17.95 (found here for $9.95)

I absolutely love this necklace! I love the mixed colors, which I think is resin, but it’s just gorgeous anyway. The chain is about 19″ long with a 2″ extender and is made from a lead and nickel free zinc alloy. My sister-in-law is a “Save the Turtles” person, so this would make an excellent gift for her, but I am tempted to keep it.

Owl Cotton Bag

Owl Cotton Bag – Listed Value $14.95

I could not find this exact bag for sale in their shop or for sale online anywhere, so I am going with the listed value. This bag is so cute! It’s just a basic cotton tote, but I love owls, and I love how colorful it is. I also love having the absolute cutest collection of reusable grocery bags, I make quite an impression at Publix, haha.

Dolphin Brooch

Dolphin Brooch – Listed Value $19.95

(For the same reasons as above with the bag, I am using the listed value here.) This brooch is so beautiful! I love it! This went straight onto one of my favorite jackets, where it will stay forever. I love dolphins! I canoed with them once, and it was magical. I believe this is the same composition as the necklace above – zinc alloy and resin.

Blue Butterfly Bracelet

Blue Butterfly Bracelet – Listed Value $19.95 (found here for $7.95)

This bracelet is so pretty! This is also made of resin and zinc allow. The chain is about 6.5″ with a 2″ extender. I am really loving the different colors on these pieces!

The Verdict: I am really impressed with my first package from Helping Animals at Risk! What a fun mystery box! I think the jewelry is so pretty and colorful! My favorite is clearly the dolphin pin. I am kicking myself over the turtle phone stand! In terms of value, the list prices total about $81, and the sale values are about $61, either of which is fantastic for a $24 box shipped. I am looking forward to my next package!

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: At $23.90 for this box, here’s what you are paying approximately per item:

  • Turtle Phone Holder and Earphone Winder: $2.36
  • Turtle Necklace: $5.31
  • Owl Cotton Bag: $4.42
  • Dolphin Brooch: $5.90
  • Blue Butterfly Bracelet: $5.90

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What do you think about the Helping Animals At Risk Welcome Box?

Written by 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.

All views in this review are the opinion of the author. My Subscription Addiction will never accept payment in exchange for a review, but will accept a box at no cost to provide honest opinions on the box. This post may contain affiliate/referral links. Read the complete My Subscription Addiction disclosure.

16 Comments

  1. 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 an example of a few of them. There you will find info about our company

    http://www.orcanetwork.org/Main/index.php?categories_file=Supporters
    http://www.wolfmatters.org/
    http://www.forestsformonarchs.org/who-we-are/partnerships/

    Helping Animals at Risk

  2. Their terms of service lists this name and address:
    Goopping Intl #87419, 932 N State Street STE 2 Orem Utah US 84057-3193.

    A quick search for Goopping Intl appears it is a parcel forwarding company. It also looks like there are many other small companies using this address.

    The WHOIS lookup for their domain http://www.helpinhanimalsatrisk.com is protected so it’s hidden from public lookup.

    • That’s interesting…..

  3. I’m confused as the description says it’s centered around one endangered animal – but which endangered animal are they focusing on? I’d assume sea turtles but the phone stand would just fall under generic turtle. I believe there are certain types of owls, dolphins and butterflies that are endangered but it honestly seems like they just used 4 animal items that they could get for cheap. Good concept but seems like a bust (and count me in as skeptical if any money actually get donated).

  4. HI all, I will email them about all your charity concerns and see what I can find out. Please check back here. Thanks! Anna

    • Thank you Anna!

  5. I was excited for a minute, but then realized there is no way to verify this. If they legit donated for animal rescue I would be all over it.

  6. I would also be interested in verifying that this box actually does help animals.

  7. I just saw that the box says it “Ships worldwide from China” So yeah, there’s absolutely no way of knowing if they donate any profits to animal charities. lol.

  8. I love the dolphin pin also. The colors are just beautiful. I wonder the same as the others who commented about the percentage of proceeds going to help the animals. I have wondered about this on numerous boxes that say they give a percentage to XYZ charity. How do we know that they actually do? I would love to know if there is an agency that monitors these donations. Can you or Liz lead me in the right direction?

    • I only donate to charities that get good scores on Charity Watch or Charity Navigator. I think a lot of businesses say they donate a percentage of profits, but because this whole company says it exists solely to donate, yet there is no information about it, it seems very sketchy. I think unless a company is public, there’s no way of checking that they actually make donations. I would buy it if you like the stuff, but not if you think it’s helping animals. That said, since most of this stuff seems to come from Ali Express (The same tote bag is $2.99 there), I think you’d get a better deal buying direct and then you can contribute directly to rated animal charities, knowing where your money is going.

      • Thanks Wanda for pointing me to Ali Express. This whole thing feels very scam-ish to me. The turtle pendant necklace is on Ali Express for $1.65 with free shipping to US (searched for “turtle necklace” and it was the first item on the page). Couldn’t find the dolphin pin or butterfly bracelet

        The turtle phone holder is on Ali Express for $.84 with $.11 shipping so trying to pass it off for more than 10x the price is ridiculous.

        Nope – I would never touch this sub! Playing on peoples’ sympathy for endangered animals and claiming to donate an unspecified percent of profits to an unnamed charity is about as low as it gets.

        Completely agree with Jacky, below – I’d love to see a mystery box sub from WWF, a charity I know, trust and respect.

  9. I like this idea, but I can’t find how much actually goes to help the animals. Is this listed somewhere? I can’t find it on the website…

  10. That turtle is sooo clever. I need one!

  11. Am I the only one who wants to see more info on how they donate money? Their mission statement sounds very vague. And saying you donate a percentage of profits could mean anything from 0.5% to 50%. The website just has a lot of links to get people to sell their jewelry. Looks a bit suspicious to me. That said, I would love to see a mystery box from the World Wildlife Fund!

    • Ditto! I am such a animal lover. I like animals more then most humans. Anyway while most of the jewelry is not me I really thought this was a great idea but now that I’m reading posts I totally am bothered by the thought of a box using animals as a way to make cash. That would be soo low.

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