When wildlife is orphaned or injured, The Humane Society provides bedding made with used furs to comfort the scared creatures.
From now until Earth Day (April 22), Buffalo Exchange - a unique store that trades reused & recycled clothing directly with its customers & donates to nonprofit agencies in the community through its Tokens for Bags program - is collecting fur coats, trim, accessories & shearling (in any condition) as part of their Coats for Cubs program.
The donated furs are then sent to one of the 200 participating wildlife rehabilitators in the United States and Canada. "The furs are cut into an appropriate size for the animal, whether it be a bobcat, fox, raccoon, squirrel, or rabbit, and placed inside the animal's enclosure," explains The Humane Society. "Turning the sleeve of a fur coat inside out, a rehabilitator can also create a warm nest for a burrowing animal such as an opossum. The furry blanket becomes a surrogate mother to orphaned animals, reducing stress and giving comfort."
One rehabilitator relates how an orphaned river otter chirped constantly until she was given a fur blanket and was able to settle right down. "Some animals adopt a piece of fur as a playmate, jumping on it and wrestling with it."
For a convenient fur drop-off location, visit BuffaloExchange.com or mail your tax-deductible fur donation to:
Coats for Cubs
The Humane Society of the United States
2100 L Street NW, Washington, DC 20037
- Lesley Scott